Berries & Cream Martini

By: The Local Palate
Berries and cream dessert martini

Sweet, tart, and creamy, this spring-inspired cocktail ticks all the boxes for a warm-weather crowd pleaser. Channeling the nostalgic pairing of berry and sweet cream flavors, this dessert martini doubles down on both vanilla and berry flavors. Match vanilla bean-infused Bailey’s with vanilla vodka, and give the two a fresh-from-the-strawberry-patch lift with a homemade seasonal berry compote and Chambord. Fresh lemon juice brings brightness, and the finishing flourish of white chocolate shavings makes this martini a boozy dessert.

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Makes 1 cocktail

    For the vanilla-bean-infused Bailey’s:
  • 2 vanilla bean pods
  • 1 bottle of Bailey’s
  • For the seasonal berry compote:
  • 1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • For the martini:
  • 1½ ounces vanilla-bean infused Bailey’s
  • ½ ounce vanilla vodka
  • 1 ounce Chambord
  • 1 tablespoon of seasonal berry compote
  • Garnish: White chocolate shavings

Make the infused Bailey’s:

Scrape seeds out of vanilla bean pods and add to a bottle of Bailey’s. Let infuse for about 1 week.

Make the berry compote:

  1. Cut strawberries into quarters, if using. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan over medium heat and stir to fully coat berries in sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to prevent compote from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the compote becomes thick and bubbles slowly.
  2. Remove from heat and transfer to a container with a lid. Let cool to room temperature and store in the refrigerator. The mixture will keep up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

Assemble the martini:

In a cocktail tin filled with ice, add Bailey’s, vodka, Chambord, and berry compote. Shake well until a frost forms around the outside of tin. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish.

  • Recipe By
    Amanda Whitlock, Blu Oyster Sushi + Seafood, Johns Island, South Carolina

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