It's that time of year again for little girls in green sashes to storm your grocery stores and go door to door to sell, sell, sell all sorts of wickedly tempting cookies. I have a ridiculous soft spot for Girl Scout cookies, almost every flavor. I'm not kidding. The first Girl Scout to hit me up, and without hesitation, I place an order. I know they are coming in a couple of days, but I just can't wait for the delivery, thus this week's Thin Mint Cocktail to hold me and you over.
These days, flavored liqueurs are something I use more often for baking than sipping, but this week I wanted a treat. Crave is a completely decadent chocolate mint liqueur you can find for under $20 a bottle. I've tried it in coffee and drizzled over a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but its true calling is the cocktail shaker.
While this liqueur is tasty served on its own, cold or room temp, it only weighs in at 30 proof. For happy hour, I was seeking something with a bit more kick so I added some vodka. The addition of coffee bitters really intensifies the thin mint cookie cocktail experience but if you can't find coffee bitters, go for chocolate bitters instead. Enjoy this drinkable dessert on its own, or if you're lucky to have them, alongside a plate of Girl Scout cookies for a sweet 10-minute happy hour!
What's your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
Thin Mint Cookie Cocktail
Makes 1 drink
2 ounces Crave, Chocolate Mint Liqueur
1 ounce vodka
2- 3 dashes Coffee Bitters (see note)
Combine the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled and strain into a martini glass.
Master of Malt makes coffee bitters, and The Bitter Truth makes chocolate bitters, or you can make your own. If you can't find coffee bitters, go for chocolate bitters by The Bitter Truth.
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Maureen C. Petrosky writes what she knows, food, booze and parties. Author of The Wine Club, she appears regularly on The TODAY show to share her vices, and advice with the world. For more info check out www.maureenpetrosky.com or follow her on twitter @maureenpetrosky
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