Jarrod, aka @diycocktailguy is showing us how to indulge in a festive Christmas Eve with a delectable S’mores Martini — perfect for a cosy movie night in.
Cast yourself back to summers spent huddled around a roaring campfire, marshmallows roasting over an open flame and a clear, starry night sky above. Sounds bliss, right? Now imagine recreating this campfire nostalgia while you’re curled up on the couch with a delish cocktail in hand. Cue the Christmas Eve S’more Martini.
It’s decadent, chocolatey and creamy with just the right amount of crunch; and it’s best served alongside your favourite Christmas movie. “Imagine you’re watching Home Alone or the Grinch, this nice hearty S’mores Martini is definitely going to hit the spot and get you prepped for those holiday flavours,” Jarrod aka @diycocktailguy adds When s’mores come out, it signals the start of summer, so what better way to kick off the silly season at home than with this festive take on the classic espresso martini and a movie night in.
While s’mores are a more recent sweet treat to hit Australian shores, this widely-adored biscuit has long been an American summertime classic. In fact, the first recipe can be traced all the way back to a Girl Scouts guidebook from 1927. Here, the biscuit was given its name by hungry girl scouts in search of some more after their campfire dinner. Over time, some more became s’more, and as they say, the rest is history.
The good news is, you don’t need to go all out with a fire to recreate the gooey goodness of campfire marshmallows. A culinary torch, also known as a blow torch, is your best ticket to a soft centre and a crispy, charred outer layer. It’s most commonly used to perfect the crunchy, caramelised sugar on top of crème brûlée, but it can also be a great tool to take your culinary adventures to new heights, including s’mores. Before you get started on torching your marshmallows for your garnish, make sure you’re working on a fire-safe surface and you’ve cleared your working bench space from any flammable items before you fire up the blow torch.
While a culinary torch does come in handy, it’s not essential for Jarrod’s Christmas Eve S’mores Martini recipe. You can toast the marshmallows by either rotating them over a stovetop or lining them in a baking tray and placing them under the grill. Keep a close eye on them as the grill works quickly, but this is a fuss-free way to toast multiple at once — a real lifesaver if you’re whipping up S’mores Martinis for the whole family or making extra s’mores for movie night snacks on the side.
Between the marshmallows, graham crackers and hot chocolate, the garnishes of the S’more Martini bring the decadent ‘wow’ factor, but this 8-ingredient cocktail is easier than it looks. It also gives you the leeway to mix, swap out and substitute ingredients. To go lighter on the dairy, opt for your favourite dark chocolate and oat or almond milk. If you’re going by the book, an authentic American s’mores recipe calls for graham crackers as the crunchy element. But if you can’t find these in your local supermarket, Arnott’s Milk Arrowroots are a great Aussie alternative.
The best part of all? With no espresso in sight, everyone gets their beauty sleep the night before Christmas. Now that you’ve got your Christmas Eve cocktail sorted, it’s time to think about Christmas Day — and we’ve got just the fuss-free, fruity sangria recipe by Jarrod @diycocktailguy for you!