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Strawberry Shortcake Martini

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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.

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Step 1: Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker topped with ice. Shake until chilled.

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Step 2: Strain the mixture into a coupe glass.

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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!

Strawberry Shortcake Martini

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Step 1 – Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker topped with ice. Shake until chilled.
  2. Step 2 – Strain the mixture into a coupe glass.
  3. Step 3 – Garnish with a skewer of fresh strawberries.

Notes

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.

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