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Amaretto Creme Brulee Martini

Hey everyone! I know I was a slacker yesterday with my cocktail post. BUT, I have made up for it today. I was looking for a Oktoberfest martini or cocktail to put on here but everything I found for Oktoberfest was beer! Nothing wrong with beer. I love beer. But I wanted a martini! And we are going to a German restaurant tonight with our neighbors for a now “tradition” of Oktoberfest with the peeps. (Thanks Nancy and Steve!) They only serve beer and wine so I wanted something more to start the party! Anyway…I ended up finding a martini that was all about some of my favorite things. Amaretto and Creme Brulee. I LOVE two kinds of desserts. Tiramisu and Creme Brulee. They are the only two desserts I CANNOT pass up in a restaurant (though sometimes Key Lime Pie creeps in there too).  My fave liqueur is amaretto. (DiSaronno only!!! There is no option of any other kind in my opinion) Love it!! So this cocktail was a must try. I also had all the ingredients for the most part. It called for a lemon wedge garnish, no lemons in the house. I used a raspberry. Prettier! And it calls for a splash of cream. I had half-and-half. Next time I will use cream for sure. Ok, I made two martinis to try this out. Let me just say, it packs quite a kick! Good thing we don’t have to be at dinner till 7pm! Wow. I have to say I really liked this martini! Oh yeah, the recipe also calls for Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka. I recommend using that. We only had Absolut Vanilla (that we got a LONG LONG time ago from someone) Don’t use Absolut. I don’t know if it was because it was old or what but it had an aftertaste. Use Van Gogh. Really cool bottles too! Hey, is it hot in here?? (that’s another story!) But I have now put the  Van Gogh on my list for the booze store. We have Total Wine & Liquors down here. It is the BEST store for booze, wine, beer…Like a warehouse for booze! And you can’t beat the prices. BJ’s here has a liquor store and they are close but they don’t have the selection.

Ok, before I bore everyone with my babbling here is the recipe. (thank goodness for spellcheck!)


3 ounces Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka

2 ounces Licor 43

1 ounce Amaretto di Saronno

Splash of  cream (twice!)

Brown sugar & lemon wedge garnish (I used a frozen raspberry)


Rim chilled cocktail glasses with lemon and dip in brown sugar. Set aside to dry.

Keep glasses chilled in refrigerator or freezer if you can.

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glasses!

Garnish with raspberry or cherry!

Makes 2 martinis

Oatmeal-Apricot Amaretto Cookies

The holiday season is just around the corner. It’s never too soon to start thinking of cookies for the holiday! I love cookies. I could pass up cake, brownies and pie (except Key Lime). But cookies are another thing. They’re smaller so I rationalize that it’s not as many calories. But then again for the most part if you are eating cookies you aren’t thinking of calories. Not usually anyway. So this recipe is not a low-calorie version. That’s ok though. We need the good stuff every so often! So whip up a batch of these delicious cookies and just enjoy them. Make a pot of tea or coffee and invite some friends over for a snack! They’ll love it! And my favorite liqueur is Amaretto so this cookie is a win-win! Sorry but there are no pics yet for this. When I’ve  made them in the past I wasn’t thinking to take pics. Now I take pictures of everything! When I make them again I will add a photo.


1 cup flour

1 cup butter

1 tablespoon amaretto

1 cup chopped, dried apricots

½ cup sugar

¾ cup packed brown sugar

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ cup finely chopped almonds

2 ½ cups oats

1 egg


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Beat butter until soft. Add the sugars and beat until fluffy.

3. Add egg and amaretto, mixing well.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Add to butter mixture and beat until well blended. Stir in oats, apricots and almonds.

5. Drop by spoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes. Remove from pan and place on waxed paper to cool.


2 cups powdered sugar

5-6 teaspoons amaretto.

Whisk ingredients until smooth, adding amaretto until mixture reaches drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cookies.

Macaroon Martini

Don’t you love it when you can have dessert and cocktail all in one! This martini does just that. Almost makes you want to have a cup of coffee to go with it. But don’t. The macaroon martini is a tasty after dinner drink or have it as a pre-dinner cocktail. Either way it will be a hit. If you want before hand drip chocolate syrup down the insides of a martini glass and chill in the freezer. This way you get an extra treat when you are ready to pour the martini! Try it! You’ll Like it! This recipe is for two drinks.


6 ounces vodka

1 ounce chocolate liqueur (Godiva is always a good choice!)

1 ounce Amaretto (Use Amaretto di Saronno is the best, don’t use a cheap one, you’ll regret it!)

orange twist for garnish


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Shake well and strain into chilled martini glasses.

Garnish with orange twist if desired.

Makes 2 cocktails

Italian Margarita

One of my all time favorite drinks is the margarita. But when I discovered this recipe I was sold on a whole new version of the classic margarita. The only problem is that when I first made this drink it called for  Coconut Tequila. I had just bought a bottle of Margaritaville Coconut Tequila on a clearance shelf and decided to find out what to make with it. The only problem with this is that there was a reason it was on the clearance shelf. It was being discontinued and of course now that I fell in love with this drink I couldn’t find the tequila anymore!! Soooo I have improvised and came up with a recipe just as good.

I will give both versions in case by some chance you happen to come across the coconut tequila. Each version makes 2 drinks.



3 oz. coconut tequila

1 oz. amaretto liqueur

8 oz. margarita mix (with our without alcohol)

Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled 1/3 with ice. Shake and strain into martini or margarita glasses! Garnish with a maraschino cherry if you like!

Italian Margaritas



1 oz. coconut flavored syrup (I use the sugar-free kind by DaVinci which you can find online or usually in stores like HomeGoods, Marshalls or TJMaxx)

1 oz. amaretto liqueur

2 oz. silver tequila

8 oz margarita mix (with or without alcohol)

Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled 1/3 with ice. Shake and strain into martini or margarita glasses! Garnish with a maraschino cherry if you like!

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