What do you call a martini with a crushed toffee rim? A Toffeetini, of course.
This post is (obviously) not about anything that begins with a batter or a dough. If cocktails are not your thing and you’re only here to bake, I can assure you that ice cream sandwich cookies and a chocolate soufflé are right around the corner.
But, I’m really hoping you don’t mind the departure because Toffeetinis are a marvelous invention that deserve a place in your life. A prominent one.
As you might have noticed, Miss Kelly’s Candies has generously agreed to give away a YEAR of free toffee to one lucky Of Batter and Dough reader. (Didn’t know that, dear reader? The giveaway closes at midnight on June 11th, so get your entry in now.)
Corresponding with Miss Kelly to get that giveaway going, she casually mentioned that she likes to serve toffeetinis – martinis with a crushed toffee rim. And just like that, I knew how I was going to spend my Saturday night.
Having created these 5 toffeetinis, I’m suddenly thinking that having cocktails while baking is a marvelous idea. I mean what could be better than baking a Vanilla Layer Cake for someone’s birthday while sipping on a birthday cake martini? Or, how about making Chocolate Banana Cream Pie while enjoying a Nutella banana martini? And might I suggest the idea that baking Lemon Bars is probably even more fun with a lemon drop martini in hand?
It goes without saying that if you’re going to make a toffeetini, you’re going to need some toffee. You can make toffee yourself, of course. However, if you haven’t yet been introduced to the Miss Kelly’s Candies flavored toffee universe, you’re missing out.
I’m not being paid to say that and Miss Kelly is not standing behind me with a gun to my head. It’s just damn good toffee in flavor combinations you never knew existed, but now that you know your life will not be complete until you’ve tried them all. At least that’s been my experience.
For the following toffeetini recipes, I used Nutella Banana Toffee, Birthday Cake Toffee, Traditional English Toffee, Key Lime Toffee, and Limoncello Toffee. But, the possibilities are endless. Here’s what you do…
- Put a couple of pieces of toffee in a ziplock bag, and another piece of toffee in your mouth.
- Pound it with a rolling pin (the toffee in the bag, not the toffee in your mouth) until it’s crushed, and pour the crumbs out onto a small plate.
- Pour some corn syrup or honey onto another small plate.
- Dip the rim of a martini glass in the honey or corn syrup and then into the crushed toffee.
- Fill the glass to the rim with the amazing martini concoction of your choosing and drink up!
The Perfect Martini
The perfect martini is whatever YOU think the perfect martini is. Typically, if you find me with a martini glass in my hand, it’s filled with ice cold gin and a twist of lemon. These toffeetinis are more like dessert.
All five are decadent and on the sweet side of life. Even so, my preference is to keep them from being too sweet. What’s too sweet for me might be not nearly sweet enough for you. Taste and adjust as necessary. The martini bar is a rule-free zone.
What IS important, is that you serve your toffeetini cold. Mix the ingredients, pour into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and either shake or stir your martini until it’s icy. You could, I suppose, serve any of these cocktails over ice. But, I don’t recommend it. Unless you’re going to slam it down, the ice will melt. By the last few sips, you’ll have a diluted watered down martini with very little flavor.
Ready to fall in love with toffeetinis?
Here are 5 recipe suggestions to get you started. But, I really feel we’ve only scratched the toffeetini surface. Here’s how to join the revolution…
- Share your toffeetini ideas in the comments. The world needs to know. I need to know.
- Post pictures of your toffeetini creations on Facebook or Instagram, tagged with #toffeetini, #misskellyscandies, and #ofbatteranddough so that we can share them too.
Nutella Banana Toffeetini
Suggested Toffee for the rim: Miss Kelly’s Nutella Banana Toffee
- 2 oz. Chocolate Vodka
- 1 oz. Banana Liquor
- 1 oz. Frangelico
Birthday Cake Toffeetini
Suggested Toffee for the Rim: Miss Kelly’s Birthday Cake Toffee
- 2 oz cake flavored vodka
- 2 oz clear cream de cacao
- 1 oz amaretto
- 1 oz white chocolate liqueur (optional)
- 1 oz heavy cream
Take it to the next level: Replace the heavy cream with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Chocolate Almond Toffeetini
Suggested toffee for the rim: Miss Kelly’s Traditional Toffee
- 2 oz chocolate vodka
- 1 oz creme de cacao
- 1 oz amaretto
- 2 oz heavy cream
Take it to the next level: Replace the heavy cream with a scoop of chocolate ice cream.
OR, add a dash of cinnamon or cayenne. (Cinnamon and cayenne complement the flavor of chocolate in different ways, but both area surprisingly delicious.)
Key Lime Cucumber Toffeetini
Suggested toffee for the rim: Miss Kelly’s Key Lime Toffee
- 2 oz cucumber lime vodka
- 2 oz keke Key Lime Pie Cream Liquor
- Juice from one small lime
- Top with cold club soda or lemon lime soda
Take it to the next level: Add an ounce of tequila, a dash of Cointreau and a dash of salt.
OR, muddle a tablespoon or two of fresh cilantro and 1/2 of a seeded and chopped jalapeño in the shaker with the vodka. Add the remaining ingredients, along with a dash of salt, and the ice. Shake or stir, strain, and serve.
OR, add some fresh mint.
Lemon Drop Toffeetini with Limoncello
Suggested toffee for the rim: Miss Kelly’s Limoncello Toffee
- 2 oz Limoncello
- 2 oz vanilla vodka
- 1/2 oz tripple sec
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Take it to the next level: Muddle a small handful of fresh basil leaves and 1/2 of a seeded and chopped jalapeño in the shaker with the Limoncello. Add the remaining ingredients, along with a dash of salt, and the ice. Shake or stir, strain, and serve.
Very important question
I REALLY want to create a martini worthy of a Red Velvet crushed Toffee rim AND a Ghost Chile Ginger crushed toffee rim. Who has suggestions? What about the other toffee flavors? Leave them in the comments… I can’t wait to hear your ideas!