I love making refreshing cocktails, especially on a hot summer day.
Comfort Food, Comfort Cocktail
Peanut butter and jelly is a comfort food staple, and now it's a popular comfort cocktail as well. The PB&J martini recipe featured here favors quality ingredients, bold flavors and plenty of nutty, berry flavor. For best results, do make sure to properly prep the glass with peanut butter and jelly as instructed.
- 1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Your favorite jelly
- 1 ounce raspberry or black currant vodka (Skyy or Absolut are good choices)
- 1 1/2 ounces Frangelico hazelnut or walnut liqueur
- 1 ounce raspberry liqueur
- 1 oz. Torani strawberry or raspberry syrup OR 2 ounces strawberry puree
- Cocktail shaker
- Squeeze bottle with a narrow tip
Step 1: Prep the Glass
- Start off with a large, chilled martini glass.
- Mix the honey and smooth peanut butter and spread the mixture on a plate. Upend the glass and turn the rim in the dish until the entire rim is covered.
- Take a squeeze bottle with a narrow tip and fill it with your favorite flavor of jelly. Starting from the bottom, turn the glass while squeezing an even line of jelly along the inside. (Alternatively: Add 1 teaspoon of jelly followed by one teaspoon of peanut butter to the bottom of the glass. Next, using a straw or butter knife, 'spread' a line or two of peanut butter along the inside of the glass.)
Step 2: Shake It Up
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the raspberry or black currant vodka, hazelnut or walnut liqueur, raspberry liqueur, strawberry or raspberry syrup (or strawberry puree).
- Shake the mixture vigorously for several seconds. Taste with a spoon or straw and adjust to your taste. Then strain and pour into your prepped martini glass.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Martini Upgrade
High-quality ingredients can elevate the flavors of this cocktail from delicious and comforting to elegant and decadent. Try the following recipe for a peanut butter and jelly martini luxury upgrade.
- 1 ounce Grey Goose Cherry Noir vodka
- 1 1/2 ounces Nocino della Cristina walnut liqueur
- 1 ounce Chambord raspberry liqueur
- 1/2 ounce Castries peanut rum creme
- Prepare the martini glass as before.
- In a shaker filled with ice, combine all of the above ingredients.
- Stir gently. Pour. Enjoy.
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A Little Peanut Butter History
We call it a nut, but the peanut is actually a legume. That’s right, it’s in the bean family, and using peanuts to make a spreadable paste dates back to the Aztecs. Hundreds of years later, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg created a way to turn raw peanuts into the peanut butter we (almost) know today.
To keep it from separating, Dr. Ambrose Straub added partially hydrogenated oil. The product caught on, and soon more sugar was added to make it more appealing to kids. The original brands? Peter Pan and Skippy.
Pairing the PB&J Martini With Food
The key to pairing cocktails with food is think about associating flavors, or so says Karen Page, author of What to Drink With What You Eat. Page offers these tips to choose drinks that create a more enjoyable dining, and imbibing, experience:
- Associate flavors. Buttery sauces? How about something with vanilla? Having oysters? Stir up some dry martinis.
- No need for an exact match. Sometimes the best cocktail flavor is one that contrasts with the flavor of the food. Think sweet 'n’ sour, smoky and sweet, or hot and cool.
- Don’t overwhelm. Choose a cocktail that will complement or enhance the dish. A drink that overwhelms the food will ruin the experience. As Page says, “you wouldn’t have a Bordeaux with sushi.”
- Be bold and experiment. The obvious choices may not be pleasing to your palette and don’t always work together. Consider how to enhance your taste experience and don’t be afraid to try new pairings.
For the PB&J martini, an inherently sweet cocktail, food with contrasting flavors may be the best choice. Granted, this is basically dessert in a glass, but if you are going to eat with it, temper the thick nutty flavors and sweetness with these suggestions:
- Strawberries drizzled with balsamic vinegar.
- Granny Smith apples and cinnamon
- Sliced cucumbers with salt and vinegar.
- Wonton soup, or any other clear, brothy soup
Want an even starker contrast? Try a shrimp cocktail roasted with garlic and served in a spicy cocktail sauce. There are endless possibilities, so use your imagination and pour another martini!