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I couldn’t find much on the history of the turtle dove martini, but there’s no time like the present to enjoy this festive holiday cocktail. It’s imbued with creamy hazelnut, almond, and vanilla flavours. And I included instructions of how to replicate this beautiful foliage decor.
How perfect would these be for a Christmas or holiday gathering? They certainly would make an impressive welcome cocktail!
How to make a Turtle Dove Martini:
This cocktail is very easy to make. Start by rimming the glass with cinnamon and sugar. I first used a bit of agave syrup on my finger to make the martini glass rim sticky, then dipped the glass into a shallow dish filled with a blend of ground cinnamon and granulated sugar. You could alternatively use lemon juice or water to moisten the rim instead of agave.
Add the vanilla vodka, Frangelico, amaretto, and cream into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake it well, for about twenty seconds. This adds ice crystals into the martini and reduces the thickness of the cream. Pour into a martini glass and serve.
Festive foliage decor:
To make this festive decor for your martini glasses, you will need some tiny conifer branches (I used lemon cypress and the smell was incredible), some berries (I used cream hypericum berries, also known as St. John’s wort), and some brown twine.
Arrange the branches how you would like them to sit around the glass, making sure to leave space so that you can easily sip without getting a mouthful of tree. Take twine and wind it around, securing the branches to the glass stem.
Trim the berries off from their main stem, removing any leaves but keep a bit of stem. Press the berries into the conifer branches. If you plan to decorate the glasses in this way, I recommend that you add the cinnamon sugar rim first, so that the berries don’t fall off when you invert the glass for dipping.
Looking for another delicious and festive holiday cocktail? Check out my first snow cocktail. Sweetly flavoured with almond and fresh pear, it is a delightful winter drink.Print
A delicious martini imbued with creamy hazelnut, almond, and vanilla flavours. This festive cocktail is a delight to enjoy during the holidays.
2 oz (60 ml) vanilla vodka
2 oz (60 ml) Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
1 oz (30 ml) amaretto
1 1/2 oz (45 ml) cream
cinnamon and sugar, for rim
Rim martini glass with cinnamon and sugar. I used agave syrup to make the rim sticky before dipping it in the cinnamon and sugar blend, though lemon juice or water work as well.
Shake the vanilla vodka, Frangelico, amaretto, and cream in a cocktail shaker with ice for about 20 seconds.
Pour into rimmed martini glass and serve.
For this festive foliage martini glass decoration, I used twine to bind small branches of lemon cypress to the glass, then topped it with hypericum berries (also known as St. John’s wort). I recommend rimming the glass with cinnamon and sugar before decorating the glass with any foliage to make the dipping easier.
Keywords: turtle dove martini, martini, christmas cocktail