Thursday, August 30, 2012

Well There's Something You Don't See Everyday! -Venkman

August 30 -

National Toasted Marshmallow Day!
Hurry don't fret. there is still time to enjoy this delicious holiday! My apologies to my day drinker friends, I got quite a few nasty messages for not getting this up earlier! I wish I could tell you it was due to a wicked MJ birthday celebration, but alas, it was mere technical difficulties! (Head hung low)

On to the fun stuff...I don't know what mad genius came up with the idea of National Toasted Marshmallow day, but I want to give them a giant hug! As a testament of it's worth, marshmallow was originally used medicinally. Mucilginous extracts, which were used as a sore throat remedy, come from the root of the marshmallow plant. There by in my world making it a health food.
The marshmallow as a sweet dates back to ancient Egypt, where sap from the plant was mixed with nuts and honey (Did you hear that Girl Scouts, I'm expecting a new cookie). It was later a French recipe, pate de guimauve, which included the mixture of an egg white meringue that gave the basis for the modern day marshmallow. Modern day 'mallows no longer contain any marshmallow plant extracts...there goes the health food argument. American, Alex Doumak created the extrusion process in 1948, turning marshmallow manufacturing into a fully automated system, giving them there current shape. Could you imagine a world with boxed shaped marshmallows?!
This toast goes out to my toasty, ooey gooey friend! It goes out to smores, sweet potato casserole, and every one's favorite Easter candy - Peeps! Happy Toasted Marshmallow Day...

Dark and Fluffy
As always, given the choice between dessert or a drink, I'll chose the drink that tastes like dessert every time! This delicious concoction is available thanks to the wonderful people at Smirnoff who brought us Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka! It is a must try. This delicious martini is all the goodness of a smore, minus the mess, Yeah Smirnoff!
2oz. Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka
2oz. Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur
1oz. half and half
Mini marshmallows for garnish
optional: cocoa powder for garnish
Take it to the next level: Crushed Graham Cracker and a little honey to rim the glass

To rim the glass run the top of the martini glass in honey, then dip the glass into the graham cracker crumbs
Mix all the liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
ShAkE iT like a Polaroid picture!
Gently strain into your prepared martini glass
Drop in marshmallows for garnish and sprinkle with cocoa powder
That's how I like to camp!
Toasted Mallow Shot
This is for you fine folks who like to get things done quicker, or who like to double judgement! 
1oz. Frangelico
1oz. Coconut Rum
Shaved coconut for garnish, if your feeling awesome

Prepare your shot glasses with coconut (same method as above)
Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Do the Hippie Shake
Gently strain into the shot glass

Speechless, right?!

To err is human,
To forgive is divine...

I won't leave ya hanging again...Promise!

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