Preparation time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Dietary guidance: v n
1 1/3 cups (325 mL) half and half
1 cup (250 mL) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 container (10 oz) frozen raspberries in syrup, thawed
6 oz (175 g) raspberry-flavored vodka, divided
2 cups (500 mL) ice, divided
Fresh raspberries and mint sprigs (optional)
1. Place half and half in Classic Batter Bowl; microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 60-90 seconds or until beginning to simmer. Add chocolate morsels; whisk using Stainless Whisk until smooth. Pour half of the chocolate mixture into Shaker.
2. Strain raspberries using (5-in./13-cm) Strainer into Small Batter Bowl, pressing with Ladle to measure 2/3 cup (150 mL) juice. (Discard seeds.) Using jigger to measure, add 3 oz (90 g) of the vodka, 1/3 cup (75 mL) of the raspberry juice and 1 cup (250 mL) of the ice to Shaker. Secure lid on Shaker; shake vigorously 1-2 minutes or until ice is almost melted and mixture is smooth. Divide martinis evenly among three Dots Martini Glasses.
3. Pour remaining chocolate mixture, vodka, raspberry juice and ice into Shaker; shake and serve in three additional Martini Glasses as directed above. Garnish with raspberries, if desired.
Yield: 6 servings
Nutrients per serving: Calories 360, Total Fat 17 g, Saturated Fat 10 g, Cholesterol 20 mg, Carbohydrate 36 g, Protein 4 g, Sodium 30 mg, Fiber 3 g
Cook's Tip: To substitute frozen raspberries in syrup, place 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) bagged frozen raspberries in (2-cup/500-mL) Prep Bowl. Place 1/4 cup (50 mL) sugar and 1/2 cup (125 mL) water in Small Micro-Cooker(R). Microwave 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved; pour over berries. Let stand 2-3 minutes or until berries are thawed. Meanwhile, prepare recipe as directed in Step 1. Proceed as directed in Step 2.
To add a decorative touch to martinis, place 1/4 cup (50 mL) semi-sweet chocolate morsels in (1-cup/250-mL) Prep Bowl. Microwave on HIGH 30-45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds. Place melted chocolate into a resealable plastic bag and decorate inside of glasses. Fill with martini mixture.