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February 21, 2011

#52: Amber Martini

3 1/2 oz Vodka or Vanilla Vodka
1/2 oz Amaretto
1/2 oz Hazelnut Liquer
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice, stir, and strain into a chilled glass.

Oh, this burns all right. Seriously. Basically this is just some sweetened and colored vodka in a martini glass. It had great color, as you can see in the photo. The proportions are about right for a traditional martini as well, except the additional 1/2 oz of Hazelnut Liquer. I used regular vodka in this, not vanilla vodka. It may have limited the burn, and I imagine it would have blended with the Amaretto and Hazelnut quite nicely.

All that vodka made this a super strong drink. Seriously, that was a lot of vodka. I like a martini from time to time, and I especially like vodka, but for some reason this seemed excessive. I'm not really sure why. I would recommend trying this with Vanilla Vodka for a smoother drink.

Make sure to take small gulps of this. Sipping the vodka will burn the lips, while tiny open-mouth gulps are the way to go. Let the vodka play in your mouth, not burn the outside!

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