It was a night like any other. My grandma and I were relaxing while watching the Mets when she said
“if you hear a banging on the wall, please come into my room. I’m not feeling well tonight.”
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
“My chest hurts…”
This worried me considering my grandmother has has bypass surgery in the past and our family has a history with bad heart health.
“…but I just think it’s indigestion.”
“Would it make you feel better if I slept in your room with you?”
Now, before you make fun, my grandmother has a ginormous king bed. Like, seriously. King Sleepy broke the mold when he made this puppy.
“If you wouldn’t mind.”
I proceeded into my room to grab my pillows and cell phone charger and got comfortable in my grandma’s room. About a half hour or so went by.
“So how are you feeling now?”
“Okay. Maybe I’ll feel better after a drink.”
One thing about my grandma is that she has at least one glass of red wine a day. If not two…or three. Often her one glass will be by her bedside as she goes to bed. Sometimes it will be at dinner, or while watching television. Regardless of where she sips it, it’s a daily tradition for her. My mom loves wine too. And so do her sisters. At any given time my mother has 20 bottles of wine on hand in our household. Mom, if you’re reading this, don’t text me and tell me I’m lying because I’ve counted.
Back to the story: I heard some putzing around in the kitchen so naturally I went to sneak a peak. The ice cream was out. And so was the liquor. I knew this could only mean one thing: chocolate martinis.
Mind you the time was now 12:30AM.
She scooped vanilla ice cream into a blender. Added portions of cream de cacao, Godiva chocolate liquor, vodka and ice. Blended that baby into oblivion and reached for the cabinet where she keeps her glasses. She pulled out a martini glass. Now, my grandma is a DRINKER, so she doesn’t have you typical restaurant sized martini glasses…she has double martini glasses. Meaning, you could take two, possibly 3, martinis you order in a restaurant and pour them into this sucker. It. Was. HUGE. Naturally, she filled it to the brim. She got back into bed and within 30 minutes it was gone.
“I’m feeling better now. You can sleep in your own room.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes…I think I’m going to become an alcoholic.”
And with that, I went to bed.
Personally when I make chocolate martinis I make them with vanilla vodka, but my grandma’s recipe is delicious. Just incase you’d like to serve up a summer treat, these martinis truly are sweet, tasty and refreshing:
Makes 2 (non-grandma sized) servings:
1oz Godiva Liquor
1oz Cream de cocoa
1oz Vanilla Vodka
1-2 scoops of chocolate or vanilla ice cream–your choice!
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, strain and pour into two glasses.
To make the drink frothier and frozen: pour ingredients into a blender with ice, blend and pour straight, no strain.