At many friends’ urgings, I decided to finally start watching American Horror Story this season. Flash back to a few weeks ago and imagine me as I settle into my recliner, ready to soak in an episode of scariness and gore, counting down the minutes until the season premire. Flash forward two hours: the lights are on in my bedroom, the door is locked, and blankets are pulled up tight to my chin as I attempt to fall asleep without questioning every creak of the house as it settles. My mind is racing. Killers. Aliens. Zombies. Asylums. Torture…
There’s something in my room. I eye each corner and cranny every few seconds, and then hide my head in my pillow again, trying to shield my eyes from the light that is keeping me awake. (I am aware that this is counter-productive, but I keep the light on anyway). What’s that tapping noise? I try desperately to convince myself that I will be OK. I always wind up being fine after scenarios like these. Torture. Just fall asleep. Aliens. Just fall asleep. I want a s’more.
The mind does strange things when you are afraid, and apparently mine went into full-on craving mode. Once s’mores popped into my head, I couldn’t get them out. I wanted the almost-too-hot marshmallow oozing out from between layers of sweet graham cracker and chocolate to comfort me just as it used to back when my friends and I would tell scary stories around the bonfire. S’mores, and a drink to dull the pulse of panic. That’s what I needed.
I didn’t get up in the middle of the night to make myself a s’more and get a beer, because everyone knows that leaving your bed when you’re already terrified is on par to sacrificing yourself to whatever monster is out there. But by the next week I still hadn’t forgotten my craving, so I made S’mores Martinis for myself and company. Everyone loved the S’mores Martinis. I mean we really loved them… the Oh-no-I’m-already-done?-But-I-tried-so-hard-to-savor-it! type of loved them. I definitely recommend making these the next time you’re hosting the hang out at your place!
By the way, I was still scared after watching that week’s episode, but I slept like a baby.
Reminds me of when I was a child… except in cocktail form.
- 1 ½ ounces Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka
- 1 ounce Baileys Original Irish Cream
- 1 ounce heavy cream
- 1 ounce chocolate syrup, plus more for rim
- ½ ounce Drambuie
- Crushed graham crackers for rim
- Toasted marshmallow for decoration
Prepare your glass:
- Make a circle of chocolate syrup about the circumference of your martini glass rim on a plate.
- Crush up graham crackers and place them on another plate next to the chocolate syrup plate.
- Dip the rim of your martini glass in the chocolate syrup and turn to coat. Then do the same with the graham cracker crumbs.
Prepare your garnish:
- Stick a bamboo skewer through a marshmallow and toast the marshmallow (I toasted mine over the grill, but a kitchen torch would be a great tool to use as you went along in this scenario. You may decide to then dribble some chocolate syrup and graham crackers over your toasted marshmallow as well.
Make the drink:
- Add first five ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well, and strain into your prepared martini glass. Add your marshmallow garnish.
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