An irresistible twist on the classic Nutty Irishman Cocktail, our Nutty Irish Martini Cocktail is a blend of Baileys® Irish Cream, Frangelico® and/or Amaretto®, and splashes of vodka and cream. Recipe includes variation for Nutty Irish Bourbon Martini. The perfect Irish cocktail to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
A Special Cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day:
Nutty Irish Martini
Happy St. Patty’s Day, my friends!
Truly, I have missed you these past two weeks. Although some of the details as to why I have not posted in a couple weeks are quite hilarious (in retrospect only, mind you!), I will reserve the story for another post. This post is all about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!
You may have guessed this cocktail was coming sooner or later, right? With my love of Baileys® Irish Cream and Frangelico®, and especially bourbon, this recipe has been knocking around in my head since I featured our Pumpkin Pie Martini (using the same ingredients) here on the blog when I first started blogging. In fact, this is the cocktail I made over the weekend to celebrate St. Patty’s Day early with The Big Lug.
Have you started your St. Patrick’s Day celebration yet? Or, are you saving it for tonight?
Last Saturday night, we indulged in Reuben sandwiches. It has been a craving all month long that just wouldn’t quit. I rarely eat grains as this is a given with my 80% paleo lifestyle. However, when March rolls around, I tend to “cave to the crave”. Is it possible that my body and brain has recognized this seasonal pattern and demands Reuben sandwiches each March leading up to St. Patty’s Day? 😉
Our Reuben sandwiches were from our favorite joint in town, the Nickel Plate Bar & Grill. They just do it right. And, by “right”, I mean scrumptious corned beef sliced thin and piled high, plenty of Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing on grilled genuine Jewish rye bread with plenty of caraway seeds. (Good news, I’m tolerating a little bit of dairy and wheat again. I’m elated!) Of course, I always order a side of coleslaw to go with mine because munching on them together reminds me of my favorite childhood sandwich, a triple-decker corned beef sandwich. In fact, it is still my favorite sandwich to this day—especially around St. Patrick’s Day.
Growing up in Michigan, we were fortunate to have the most fabulous delicatessen outside of New York. For a special treat, my Mom would take my sister and I out to lunch at this special deli, Ben & George’s Delicatessen, near the Livonia Mall. We would each order their triple-decker corned beef sandwich. (There was no sharing about it. Seriously.) As my Mom used to say, “This triple-decker would make Dagwood proud.”
This corned beef mega-sandwich was incredibly delicious but so humongous that we always had leftovers to savor and enjoy later. The meat was piled sky-high, there was an extra slice of fresh Jewish rye bread in the middle with plenty of Swiss cheese and Russian dressing as well as their homemade coleslaw. For sides, we simply enjoyed a kosher dill pickle and Lay’s potato chips. Sheer heaven, people.
When I got older, I discovered Zingerman’s® Delicatessen in Ann Arbor where my hubby grew up. I must be completely fair and say these delicatessens were equal matches when it came to corned beef sandwiches. Ben & George’s was that good. I use the word “was” because they are no longer in business like so many family-owned restaurants of that era.
A little information about the Zingerman’s Reuben: Zingerman’s corned beef, Switzerland Swiss cheese, Brinery sauerkraut & Russian dressing on grilled, hand-sliced Jewish rye bread.
And, their Sherman’s Sure Choice: Zingerman’s corned beef, Switzerland Swiss cheese, coleslaw & Russian dressing on Jewish rye bread.
Sheer bliss, right? Both of these corned beef deli sandwiches are over-the-moon amazing and favorites of ours.
“In a NYC Slow Food corned beef taste-test, a panel of judges, including Mario Batali and Jeffrey Steingarten, voted Zingerman’s the Best of Show. We hope you’ll agree.”
If you are ever in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a stop at Zingerman’s is a must. And, if you find yourself in my neck of the woods, stop in at the Nickel Plate. You will be glad you did.
Once again, I am proud to cater to the Baileys® Irish Cream crowd this St. Patrick’s Day with our Nutty Irish Martini cocktail recipe. As I have shared before, with our recipe for Best Ever Baileys® Irish Cream Buttercream, I cannot help it. I adore Baileys® On The Rocks and other cocktails made with Baileys® as much as the next girl or guy.
Get your cocktail shaker on and mix up one of these wicked cocktails soon. It is such a treat.
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- For the Optional Rim Garnish
- ½ cup turbinado raw sugar
- ½ ounce Frangelico® Hazelnut Liqueur
- For the Cocktail
- Ice for cocktail shaker
- 3 ounces Bailey’s® Irish Cream
- 2 ounces Frangelico® Hazelnut Liqueur
- 1 ounce vodka, or Irish whiskey
- 1 to 1½ ounces half & half cream
- For the Cocktail Garnish
- Sprig of fresh mint
- Special Equipment
- Cocktail shaker
- Chilled martini glass
- Rimmed shallow plates for rim garnish, optional
Variations:For Extra Nutty Irish Martini Cocktail: In lieu of 2 ounces of Frangelico®, add 1 ounce each of Amaretto® and Frangelico®. For Nutty Irish Bourbon Martini Cocktail: In lieu of 1 ounce of vodka, add 1 ounce of bourbon, such as Blanton’s® Original Single Barrel Bourbon. Tips: For a festive and fun St. Patrick’s Day presentation, use green and white sprinkles (jimmies) for the cocktail rim. Original Recipe Source: WickedGoodKitchen.com Copyright © Wicked Good Kitchen. All content and images are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words. Alternatively, link back to this post for the recipe.