I love chocolate martinis, so this recipe really stuck out to me and screamed try me. I recently received a copy of David Venable’s new book Back Around The Table (Click HERE to order your copy on Amazon) and I am in love with it. There’s a nice variety of recipes and they are all easy for any home cook to make. 

You might be thinking I tested an easy cocktail out of the book, but I chose this recipe to test and share, because I wanted to share 3 awesome things I learned.

Be sure to take the extra step and pop in you local liquor store to find the Adult Chocolate Milk with contains alcohol in it. I also tested the recipe with regular chocolate milk and it’s just as delicious, but it won’t be a stronger martini.

The other really neat thing I learned is evenly cooking a marshmallow in a skillet. I really never thought of doing this and I really like how I got a nice even coloring on the marshmallow. For those with an eclectic range this gets a nice coating without having to torch anything.

The last thing I wanted to share was once you put the chocolate on the glass, you freeze it this keeps your design on the glass without it sliding down the side when you pour the liquid in. Again it’s a simple thing, but I could never figure out why my glasses never looked as pretty as the books and in bars.

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About the book: BACK AROUND THE TABLE features more than 100 all-new, mouth-watering recipes and fan favorites along with a foreword by America’s beloved Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. Highlighting his inventive spin on traditional comfort food favorites, the cookbook is arranged like a collection of “mini” comfort-themed books, including chapters such as Mix and Mingle, Quick and Easy, and Gather and Share. Featuring a wide assortment of color photographs, helpful sidebars and personal anecdotes, this robust volume combines Venable’s core food beliefs—those of joy and comfort; of sharing and community.

Wanna win your own copy of Back Around the Table by David Venable which goes on sale October 7th?

To win simply tell me who your favorite celebrity chef is. Contest ends Sunday, October 19, 2014 at midnight Central time. Only valid in the US.


S’mores Martinis

(Adapted from Back Around the Table by David Venable)


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1/4 cup chocolate syrup

2 graham crackers, finely crushed

2 marshmallows

1/4 cup marshmallow vodka

1/4 cup Adult Chocolate Milk

1/4 cup heavy cream


Put 3 tablespoons of the chocolate syrup on a small plate. Place the crushed graham crackers on another small plate. Dip the rims of two martini glasses in the chocolate syrup, then dip the rims into the graham cracker crumbs. Quickly turn the martini glasses right side up and drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup in a spiral design on the insides of the glasses. Put the glasses in the freezer for 1 hour to let the chocolate harden.


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Remove the glasses from the freezer. Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Put each marshmallow on the end of a skewer. Place the skewers in the skillet with a flat side of the marshmallows facing down, until the marshmallows turn golden, about 45 seconds. Remove the skewered marshmallows from the pan and, using the tines of a fork, push 1 marshmallow into each glass.


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Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, half of the marshmallow vodka, half of the adult chocolate milk, and half of the cream. Shake well and strain the mixture into one of the glasses. Repeat for the second drink.

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Disclaimer: the Book, IN THE KITCHEN WITH DAVID and giveaway pack have been provided by Random House Publicity for this Review & Giveaway. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

From the Book, IN THE KITCHEN WITH DAVID: QVC’s Resident Foodie Presents Back Around the Table; © 2014 by David Venable. Reprinted by arrangement with Ballantine Books, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

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