One of the sweetest dates Mr. Pants ever surprised me with was a late night trip out of town to lay under the stars and watch the Geminid meteor showers. The Geminids occur in December and it was cold, even with all the blankets! To honor that date I created a drink I called the Geminid Kiss which contained our favorite flavor combination of white chocolate “kissed” with raspberry, in a hot drink. It was perfect, even if it only gave us the illusion of warmth!
I just had to add some sprinkles. I love bling!
The Perseid meteor showers occur from July 17th to August 24th every year, and according to www.timeanddate.com “the 2015 Perseid meteor shower will peak around August 11. A new moon on August 14, 2015 will create perfect conditions for watching the meteor shower.”. I decided to make another drink in the same vein as the Geminid Kiss called, you guessed it, the Perseid Kiss! I wanted a cocktail this time, served ice cold to combat the hot weather, with the same flavor profile of its predecessor. See, I have a surprise date of my own planned…
Ingredients (dependent on the size of your martini glasses and how much alcohol you want to serve)
1 part vanilla vodka
1 part white creme de cacao
1 part black raspberry liqueur
About 15 minutes before you want to serve your drinks, rinse your martini glasses but do not dry them. Place them in your freezer to chill.
Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice. You want to do this before adding the alcohol to chill both the shaker and the ingredients you’ll be using. Pour your ingredients into the shaker and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty. Strain into your chilled martini glasses.
I want to stress that it is perfectly acceptable to use a powdered white hot chocolate mix for this drink! In fact, I use Safeway Select White Hot Chocolate powder mix when I’m not feeling ambitious enough to make it from scratch. And, I just discovered a K-Cup white hot chocolate from Timothy’s that I want to try in my Keurig! Also, I used Chambord because I had it on hand after a special occasion. There are less expensive options out there. There is no judgement here, use what you like!
6 oz white hot chocolate, prepared (your favorite mix, or use the recipe below)
1 oz vanilla vodka
1 oz black raspberry liqueur
marshmallows or whipped cream to garnish
Mix all ingredients in your favorite hot chocolate mug. Garnish with marshmallows or whipped cream if you wish. Drink while snuggled with your significant other – or your favorite fuzzy animal. Or both, or perhaps they’re one in the same. No judgement, remember?
4 1/2 cups milk (go crazy here: fat free, whole, half and half, heavy cream, almond, whatever you want! I only have one pair of judging pants and they’re reserved for BBQ competitions)
8-12 oz white chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine milk and white chocolate chips in a medium saucepan and warm over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until the chips have completely melted. Whisk in the vanilla extract. Pour into mugs and serve!