Superbowl Sunday is this weekend! I'm not a sports fan, but I do like a good Superbowl party. Friends, lots of hearty (usually) comfort food, the only commercials you'll want to watch all year, and an awesome (or laughably bad) halftime show--what's not to love?
Since I'm going to be attending a Superbowl party, not hosting, I'm just going to make a dessert or two to bring along. But here's some ideas that would be on my menu.
I love nachos, but unless you're making giant cookie sheet-size plates (which actually might be a great alternative--cookie sheet nachos), there won't be enough for everybody. I like the more portable idea of nacho cups, where you either bake a few tortilla chips and all the fixings (beans, cheese, guacamole, meat, etc.) in muffin tins or you create individual seven-layer dip cups for everyone. Either way, make sure to have a big bowl of extra tortilla chips for everyone!
Having cake-flavored vodka in the house started with my wedding. As someone who works constantly with product placement companies, my husband was able to get lots and lots of free promotional beer, wine, and liquor for our wedding (we are so, so lucky), and various flavored vodkas by Three Olives were included in that haul. We had a smallish wedding, though, so we ended up bringing a lot of stuff home.
Somehow we still have a full bottle (plus a little extra) of this! Admittedly, I think it's delicious, but when I drink, I go for red wine or a gin and tonic. This is a little sweet to drink all night (which I guess explains why we have so much of it left.)
I think it's time we got rid of this. The Three Olives site has a TON of recipes for this flavor, but unfortunately, I don't have a lot of the ingredients necessary for some of these recipes (okay, Chambord would be good to have in future, but every flavor of schnapps ever? COME ON.) I would have loved to try their recipe for Red Velvet Cake, Strawberry Shortcake, or Gingerbread Cookie (sounds delicious!)
I mixed the only three I could actually make with what I had in the house (and that weren't just a shot of the vodka, straight-up, with frosting on top--gross. And yet, this is the single coolest thing ever): Angel Food Cake, Creamsicle Cake, and Three's a Party (I think they could've been a little more creative with that last one.)
Angel Food Cake
1 1/2 ounces Three Olives Cake vodka
1/2 ounce amaretto liqueur (I used Disaronno)
Splash of lemonade
Splash of cranberry juice
Mix all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass.
My Opinion: Tasted pretty damn close to Angel Food cake! Not bad, but a little too sweet and I don't love amaretto.
2 ounces Three Olives Cake vodka
6 ounces orange juice
Pour over ice and garnish with an orange wedge (I didn't do this.)
My Opinion: I think I could definitely handle drinking this all night. I’m a big fan of orange juice in cocktails—it always overpowers the alcohol taste which is great for me. And this tasted pretty much just like a creamsicle. It might taste even closer if you used an orange juice from concentrate, since creamsicles are pretty artificial.
Three's a Party
1 part Three Olives Cake vodka
1 part club soda
Splash of cranberry juice
Pour vodka and club soda into a rocks glass over ice. Top with cranberry juice.
My Opinion: The sweetest. It’s okay. I think it would be better with a lemon in it.
Creamsicle was definitely my favorite! Much more mellow and less super-sweet than the other ones.
I think I might try a couple of my own creations, too...I have Cointreau and limoncello, which I think would make for something nice and citrus-y. And I have a bottle of Bailey's. Maybe a simplified version of the Coffee Cake Martini? I think champagne would combine nicely, too, and be super-festive. After this experiment, I still have half a bottle left, so I'll definitely be trying out some other recipes (or I might end up buying out BevMo's entire inventory of schnapps.)
Lovelies, have you tried Three Olives Cake? Do you have any ideas to help me finish the bottle off?