24 Apr AHP April Cocktails | Candied Rosé + Chocolate Martini
It’s almost the end of the month, so you know what that means! It’s time to share the next monthly installment in our AHP Cocktail Series! If you missed the first one, or want a refresher of why we do this in the first place, make sure you check out March’s Cocktail Recipes. And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter! Our subscribers always get email reminders when these posts go live, and I always try to include a little something extra just for you.
Because Happy Hour is such a big part of our own lives, we want to share the love (hey, there’s a reason they call it happy!). Over the years, we’ve nurtured and developed our palettes. We’ve discovered which spirits we really love, how to mix them, and in some cases, come up with drinks that are completely our own.
AHP APRIL COCKTAILS | SPARKLING ROSÉ + CHOCOLATE MARTINI
So, once a month, for the rest of this year, we’re going to share two cocktail recipes with you. One will be a drink that I’ve chosen, and one will be Ed’s selection. Along with sharing the recipes, we will tell you why we love them, and how we make them our own. Whether or not you make them yourself, we hope that you will at least start adopting the theory of Happy Hour. Once a day, Monday through Friday, give yourself permission to turn worries off. This is our form of self-care, and we hope it helps you too!
And, of course, if you do make these, we’d love to see! Post your versions on Instagram and share using the hashtag #ahpcocktails.
This month, Ed and I tried to think up some favorites that would be a perfect compliment to all that leftover Easter candy. I’m not the only one, right? We have a TON of chocolate still in the house! My choice – a Candied Rosé – actually has candy in it! And Ed’s pick is the perfect dessert drink, on any day of the year!
One thing to note when trying to recreate these drinks: Ed and I don’t usually measure. We prefer to eyeball it, then add in what we think it needs. Feel free to start with actual measurements, but don’t be afraid to tweak them to fit your own tastes!
Amy’s Candied Rosé Cocktail Recipe
This drink is the simplest recipe we will share all year. It really only requires you to open a bottle and pour. The best part, though? We fancied it up with a stick of rock candy. We totally stole this idea from a baby shower we attended, so keep this one in your pocket for parties! Not only is it beautiful in the glass (and makes a great stirrer), but the more rosé the candy soaks up, the better it tastes (and the easier it breaks off the stick)!
A sparkling rosé is best for this gorgeous cocktail. As with any champagne, get the best one you can afford. We usually aim for a $15 bottle, but if there’s a brand you prefer, go for it!
We picked these rock candy sticks up at a candy store during some of our travels. It was the perfect way to remember our trip! If you’re in Memphis, Sweet Noshings had them last time I checked.
- 1 bottle sparkling rosé
- 1 stick rock candy
- Pop the cork on the rosé, and pour carefully into flutes.
- Insert a stick of rock candy into flute, candy side down.
Ed’s Chocolate Martini Cocktail Recipe
The Chocolate Martini has been a favorite dessert drink for Ed and me for years! It’s the perfect way to end a delicious dinner, especially when you’re way too full for cheesecake. But beware! This cocktail goes down easy but is made entirely of liquor. Savor those sips!
There are 100 different recipes for a great chocolate martini (and all of them are delicious!), but Ed and I both agree that the way we make them is the best. We use only Godiva white chocolate liqueur (it’s worth the hefty price tag!), and Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur instead of cream. There’s actually a fun story about how we came to use Bailey’s in these. If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you’ll get that story in your inbox!
The vodka you use for this drink is very important, since it’s the featured liquor. Our hands-down favorite brand is Grey Goose vodka. It’s smooth without a strong aftertaste, so it doesn’t overwhelm this martini. Lots of recipes call for a vanilla vodka, but we feel that this drink is sweet enough without it.
Ultimate Chocolate Martini
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 ounce Godiva white chocolate liqueur
- 1/2 ounce Bailey's Irish cream liqueur
- chocolate syrup for garnish
- Swirl chocolate syrup around the glass by slowly turning the glass and working your way from bottom to top.
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a cup of ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and serve straight up in a chilled martini glass.
- Top with shaved chocolate if you're super fancy.
Ed and I hope that these recipes will inspire your own at-home Happy Hour! Remember, it’s not the drinks that are important. Is the hour set aside to rest and unwind.
Don’t forget to tag your own concoctions with #ahpcocktails! We can’t wait to have you join us!
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