Salted Caramel Pretzel Martini

April 26, 2013

in Beverages,Cocktails,Recipes

Salted Caramel Pretzel Martini

How is it possible that in all my years of living in California I have never, not once, made it up to northern wine country? This girl, who was born in California, has spent close to 80% of her life living in California, and has such a huge appreciation for the particular type of fermentation that region is known for has never set foot on a Northern California vineyard! Completely unacceptable am I right?

Sure, I happen to only live 30 minutes away from Temecula and I have visited a couple of their vineyards. It feels as though I have only experienced the local fair and have yet to pay a visit to one of the major state theme parks.

Hopefully this story will change this weekend, for according to my husband—I’m still apparently in denial. We’ll be catching a flight first thing this AM and head up for a weekend of… wait for it… wine tasting in Sonoma!

So while I pretend to be a sophisticated connoisseur and act like I know everything there is to know about the 5 “S’s” of wine tasting (see, swirl, sniff, sip, and savor). I have created a similarly sophisticated dessert martini for you to enjoy while I report back on my adventures next week.

I decided to coin the word sophisticated because:

A) I chose to add a pinch of sea salt flakes to the martini (the salted caramel vodka wasn’t salty enough for my taste buds)

B) I also added a couple of dashes of aromatic bitters for additional depth and dimension.

So please enjoy, and hopefully if all goes well I’ll have lots to share with you next week!

Salted Caramel Pretzel Martini
Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
  • 1½ ounces salted caramel vodka
  • 1 ounce caramel liqueur
  • ¾ ounce hazelnut liqueur
  • 2 drops of aromatic bitters
  • pinch of maldon sea salt flakes
  • caramel sauce
  • finely chopped pretzels
  • caramel candies (optional)
  • pretzel sticks (optional)
  1. Pour enough caramel sauce to rim the martini glass in a plate.
  2. Place chopped pretzels in a separate plate.
  3. Dip martini glass into the caramel sauce then into chopped pretzels. Place martini glass in the freeze and allow to chill for 5-10 minutes.
  4. In a cocktail shaker with ice combine martini ingredients, shake well strain and pour into prepared martini glass.
  5. Optional: Garnish with caramel candies and a pretzel stick if desired.


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