Strawberry shortcakes are a classic, beloved dessert. I’d even venture to say they hold a special place in all of our hearts. It’s a flavor that’s been incorporated in so many recipes; from ice creams to milkshakes, it seems like there’s an endless variety of strawberry shortcake-themed desserts out there! So, as usual, I decided to make a cocktail recipe that is well-suited for this iconic sweet treat.
The Strawberry Shortcake Martini is everything you’d hope it would be, with a bit of booze to make things fun!
This is one of those straightforward cocktail recipes you simply pour in a shaker and, well, shake!
Since this is a dessert cocktail, I thought it would be best to make sure the spirit lives up to this standard. When it comes to extremely flavorful cocktails, vodka is the go-to spirit in my mind. Its clean and smooth flavors allow the other ingredients to work their magic. I’m a huge fan of flavored vodka, so I went with a vanilla flavored vodka. Vanilla vodka adds a distinct, rich vanilla flavor that can complement and elevate the other sweet elements in the cocktail. Vanilla’s warm, sweet, and slightly exotic taste can make the overall flavor of the cocktail a bit more interesting.
This is where things get fun, I really wanted to make sure this mixture had a creamy, velvety feel to it. Baileys is known for embodying this exact texture, however this is a Strawberry Shortcake Martini. Baileys actually has the perfect bottle for this, the Baileys Strawberries & Cream. The most prominent flavor note is that of sweet, ripe strawberries. This gives the liqueur a fruity and slightly tart taste, reminiscent of fresh strawberries or strawberry jam. Like the traditional Baileys, the creaminess is smooth and velvety, providing a luxurious mouthfeel that’s typical with Irish cream liqueurs.
Adding onto the strawberry theme, I poured in some delicious strawberry simple syrup. Not only does this work as the sweetener element of the cocktail, but it further enhances that strawberry flavor we’re looking to get.
Step 1: Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker topped with ice. Shake until chilled.
Step 2: Strain the mixture into a coupe glass.
Step 3: Garnish with a skewer of fresh strawberries.
There you have it, a beloved dessert in a glass. I love having this for dessert as a bit of a sweet treat for myself and my husband. The flavors and texture truly take center stage with this cocktail and I cannot get enough!
Tip: Rim this glass with strawberry simple syrup and dip the rim into a mixture made up of vanilla cream sandwich cookie crumbs, strawberry Jell-o powder (from the box), and melted butter to combine the ingredients.