Salted Caramel Chocalatini | A Christmas Cocktail*

Salted Caramel Chocalatini | A Christmas Cocktail*

Aldi recently invited me to take part in their #aldifavouritethings Christmas Cocktail challenge to create a drink fit for the festive season. I arrived home one day to find that they had very generously sent me over 4 different spirits from their collection including Tamova Vodka*, so hot off the heels of mixing up some very scientific cocktails in London last week (post here), I found myself experimenting with some of my own ‘mixology’ at home!

As calories don’t count on Christmas Day (FACT!) I eat lots of selection box sweeties. The chocolate caramels are my favourites so with that in mind I’ve created a super indulgent, dessert style cocktail for after Christmas Dinner.  

Be warned – it’s pretty potent – the sort that will leave you snoozing on the sofa afterwards! (This was proven on Sunday afternoon, which explains my lack of a blog post on Monday – whoops!)

As an added bonus the leftover caramel vodka would make a lovely homemade gift for someone, just pour it into a nice bottle and add a little ‘Drink Me’ gift tag!


A couple of points to mention: I don’t have proper cocktail measures so I used shot glasses. I also don’t own a cocktail shaker but found that using a thermal flask worked just fine and the slotted lid acted perfectly as my strainer (just remember not to shake too vigorously!)

Part 1: Salted Caramel Vodka

This is quite simply the easiest thing in the world to make. Just make it up 2 or 3 days in advance for the best results!

Ingredients

1/2 Bottle Vodka
16 Werther’s Original
Salt

Salted Caramel Chocalatini | A Christmas Cocktail* | #aldifavouritethings

Directions

Fill an airtight container with the vodka, then drop in the Werthers Originals – you could use other hard candies if you want a different flavour.

Salted Caramel Chocalatini | A Christmas Cocktail* | #aldifavouritethings

Salted Caramel Chocalatini | A Christmas Cocktail* | #aldifavouritethings

Stir the mixture, seal the container and leave it overnight.
In the morning stir the mixture again and the repeat for 1 to 2 more days until the caramel is completely dissolved into the vodka.

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 Give it another really good stir and add a pinch of salt.

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Finally, sieve the vodka into your container of choice.

Part 2: Salted Caramel Chocolatini

Ingredients

3 shot glasses Caramel Vodka
2 shot glasses of Irish Cream
1 shot glass chocolate sauce (plus extra for decoration)
4 scoops vanilla icecream
2 Werther’s Original (for decoration)

Directions

Pop your martini glasses in the freezer for 30 minutes to ‘frost’.
Crush the Werther’s Original to a fine dust.

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Add the vodka, irish cream and chocolate sauce to a cocktail shaker with a big handful of ice cubes and shake for 30 seconds.

Salted Caramel Chocalatini | A Christmas Cocktail* | #aldifavouritethings
 

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Strain the mixture into a blender and add the icecream.
Blend until smooth and frothy.
Take your cocktail glass out of the freezer and dip the rim in the caramel dust.

 

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Pour the cocktail into the martini glass.
Finish with another squeeze of chocolate sauce and a sprinkle of the caramel dust. If you have some chocolate a few sprinkled shavings on top wouldn’t go amiss either…

Salted Caramel Chocalatini | A Christmas Cocktail* | #aldifavouritethings

Finally pop your feet up in front of the tree and raise a toast to another Very Merry Christmas!

Salted Caramel Chocalatini | A Christmas Cocktail* | #aldifavouritethings
Do you have a favourite Christmas Day cocktail? And can you think of a suitably Christmassy name for my concoction?

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