L’Heure de l’Apéritif – Nutella Martini

Let’s toast to one of the world’s greatest holidays: World Nutella Day. Now in its sixth year, it’s an opportunity for the Italian chocolate-hazelnut spread devotees everywhere to crack open a jar of Nutella, get out a spoon and dig in to celebrate! Like this guys for example (paging Man versus Food!).

I’ve been eating Nutella since I was a kid, when I spread it on baguette and dipped it in warm milk for my gouter after school. Italians may have invented Nutella, but the French recognize its deliciousness and are actually the biggest consumers of Nutella in the world. Cocorico! And I’m still faithful to my childhood snack, whether I just spoon it out for a little something sweet after dinner, on crepes or waffles….an apparently now, in my cocktails!

After a couple of tries with different liquors from Grand Marnier to Frangelico, I finally came up with Nutella Martini recipe I was happy with. Enjoy (in moderation, it’s pretty rich)!

On February 5th, raise your glass to Nutella with one of these rich chocolate-y martini!
Recipe for one martini: 
Rim a martini glass with crushed hazelnuts, chocolate sprinkle or (pictured above) gold cupcake sugar. 
Melt one part Nutella for 2 parts skim milk (I used 1/2 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of Nutella in a saucepan until it resembles hot chocolate. 
In a mixer filled with ice, pour 1 oz vanilla vodka (I used home-infused vanilla vodka but I’m sure a store bought brand would work too) and 3 oz of the Nutella/milk mixture. 
Shake and serve chilled.
A la vôtre (et surtout au Nutella!!)

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