Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Royal Order

In the fall, I was inducted into a royal order of princesses, presided over by two sisters: my mother-in-law Princess Madonna and the Queen Mum, aka Aunt Mickey. To give you an idea of the sassy spirit of these ladies, HRH (Her Royal Highness) Madonna got her name after she was hypnotized on a cruise ship and performed a certain non-kosher Madonna song in front of a crowd of hundreds.

Next to sisterhood and high-seas adventures, one of the best things about the Royal Order is its official cocktail, the Toasted Almond Martini. The Queen Mum introduced me to this frothy, sweet, addictive concoction earlier this month, when we were down in Birmingham celebrating Husband's grandfather's 90th birthday. Talk about a hostess with the mostess.

At the risk of spilling family secrets, I'm going to share the recipe with you. Offer your guests a few of these, and they'll feel like royalty.

Toasted Almond Martini

1/2 shot vodka
1/2 shot Kahlua
1/2 Amaretto
2 shots half-and-half

Shake with cubed ice. Strain. Pour and dust with freshly grated nutmeg.

What are your favorite cocktail recipes?

1 comment:

  1. I've recently discovered how easy it is to make infused vodka. You cut stuff up and put it in vodka. Presto! Ginger works particularly well. And ginger vodka is *lovely* with white peach cranberry juice and seltzer.