In Good Spirits
By Cheré Coen. Photography courtesy of food.com
Weddings call for champagne and royal punch but sometimes a cocktail is in order. The Wedding Cake Martini offers a sweet and colorful libation that’s perfect for the wedding reception, or better yet, for those bachelor and bachelorette parties beforehand.
The Spaghetti Warehouse in Memphis created an Italian Wedding Cake Martini consisting of Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka, Amaretto di Amore and pineapple juice with “a splash of grenadine to float to the bottom,” said Kayla Shanno, bar manager. “It’s sweet and you can’t really taste the alcohol due to the pineapple juice.”
The restaurant doesn’t carry the drink on its menu anymore, but mixologists will create the drink upon request, Shanno said. Wedding parties routinely visit the restaurant and ask for the sweet drink, she said.
Other wedding cake martini recipes involve coconut rum or vanilla vodka to give the drink that sweet cake-like flavor. For those who love milk-based drinks, Pearl offers “Something Borrowed” — Pearl Vodka, Half-and-Half and dry vanilla cake mix shaken with ice and strained into a shot glass and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. Pearl’s Irish Wedding cocktail incorporates Saint Brendan’s Irish Cream with Half-and-Half.
Martini purists may prefer Pearl’s basic Wedding Cake Martini, three ounces of Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass that’s rimmed with blue sugar crystals.
Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka can be found in select Memphis liquor stores. Vanilla vodka and coconut rum are created by several distilleries and are easy to find.
Here are a few recipes for Wedding Cake Martinis, depending upon one’s alcohol, strength and color preferences.
Wedding Cake Martini
1.5 ounces vanilla vodka
1/2 ounces coconut rum
1.5 ounces pineapple juice
1 splash grenadine syrup
Directions: Combine all ingredients with ice and and shake well. Strain into glass. Top with whipped cream if desired.
Pearl’s Something Blue
2 ounces Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka
1 ounce Arrow White Crème de Cacao
1 ounce Half-and-Half
Splash of Arrow Blue Curacao
Direction: Shake with ice and strain into a chocolate cookie-rimmed martini glass drizzled with chocolate. Top with whipped cream.
Pearl’s Wedding Cake Martini
3 ounces Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka
Directions: Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with blue sugar crystals. www.pearlvodka.com