Sunday, September 13, 2009

International Chocolate Day + National Peanut Day: Chocolate peanut Butter Martini

Since today is International Chocolate Day (September 13), it's not surprising that I'll be at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival celebrating. But September 13 is also National Peanut Day. My friend Louise at Months of Edible Celebrations suggested a combination of the two. I think I found it in the perfect Martini: A Reese's Pieces Martini!

The Chocolate Peanut Butter Gallery is a great site devoted to chocolate & peanut butter. The tagline is a site dedicated to the world's two best ingredients. If you like these two ingredients, you'll love this site! I found this recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Martini on their site. It's originally from The Polished Palate! FYI: Castries is a Peanut Rum Creme made of Madagascan vanilla, roasted peanuts, spices, cream and St. Lucian rum. Here's a review of Castries on Scottes' Rum Pages.

Peanut Butter Cup Martini

2 oz Castries
1 oz Godiva Chocolate Liquor
1 oz Super Premium Vodka

1. Shake vigorously over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass
2. Optional: Line the Martini glass with chocolate syrup for additional effect

Here's an entirely different recipe for another alcoholic beverage: Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Martini from Karl McCall, Master Mixologist & Beverage Manager, at The Hotel Hershey. Did I mention that September 13 is also Milton Hershey's birthday? (1857-1945) So raise a glass!

2 ounces Three Olives Chocolate Vodka
3 ounces Castries Peanut Rum Creme
1 ounce Dekuyper Butter Shots Schnapps

Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.

Want something non-alcoholic? Reese's Pieces are always good. And, The Peanut Butter & Co makes a Peanut Butter blended with rich chocolate that you can use for the kids' sandwiches (or you, yourself, can just eat it from the jar).

Two great food celebrations in one!

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