Saturday, November 13, 2010

Vanilla Snow Martini...inspired by a snowy run

I have raced many cross country races in my running career, but never in 6 inches of snow!  Today was the team USATF Minnesota Team Cross Country Championships, and I had been looking forward to this race for weeks!  Now, I always expect cool temperatures requiring underarmour at times, but what I saw when I looked out my window when my alarm went off I was not looked like a white Christmas in November out there!  Snow piling up, no plows out there yet.  But I was determined to race this even if it was in snow that would be much better to ski on than run in!  It took about twice as long to even get to the race because it was so snowy and drivers forget how to manage in snow the first couple times they drive in it!  By the time I got there I was watching the tail end of the men's race, and they all looked very cold...not surprising since many of them were wearing shorts and tank tops in the snow!  Including my boyfriend Dave who was out there running his first cross country race ever today and did very well! 

My friend and team mate Willie and I decided that a warmup would be pointless, and it would be better to run this race for fun this time considering the conditions.  When we got out there, the number of women at the race was less than a quarter it normally was most likely due to the snow and travel conditions.  We all lined up, the gun went off and we all ran on the small path that the Men had created.  The wind immediately pelted my face with ice pellets and sent cold air up my nose and into my mouth nearly knocking the wind out of me.  Three more miles of it awaited...luckilly it wasn't slippery just tricky footing.  I couldn't see from the snow in my eyes, and I missed Dave who was cheering for me, since I couldn't see anyone on the side of the course.  When I finished I was glad I had come out and braved the conditions!  Afterall, runners are not wimps, and I plan on skiing a 35k race this winter, so it was good practice!  Willie's daughter had built some snowmen at the finish line, so we all took a photo with them after the race. 

I give everyone who came out and ran today a lot of credit...and I can honestly say I have NEVER ran a cross country race like this!  Since I had such an interesting expirience racing in the snow, I thought I needed to make myself a cocktail tonight in honor of it!  I came up with the Vanilla Snow...a silky smooth coconut vanilla cocktail with vodka as it's base and laced with vanilla beans.  It was quite heavenly in comparison to the cold snow earlier in the day was remenicent of Baily's but not so sickeningly sweet.  More balanced and deep in flavor from all of the vanilla notes.  You don't have to have a snowy expirience to enjoy it however...try making one yourself!

Vanilla Snow Martini
Makes 1

vanilla sugar:

2 Tbsp vanilla sugar
1 Tbsp agave nectar

4-6 large ice cubes
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 oz Prairie Organic Vodka
2 Tbsp vanilla bean syrup*
1/4 cup full fat coconut milk

vanilla bean for garnish

To make vanilla sugar rim, Spread sugar out on a small plate. Coat the rim of the martini glass with the agave syrup by dipping it into it on a plate, then dip the agave coated rim into the sugar and set aside. In a martini shaker add the ice, vodka, vanilla bean syrup, and coconut milk, and place top on shaker. Shake until well blended. Pour through a strainer into a chilled martini glass, and serve!
*Vanilla Bean Syrup:

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup agave nectar
seeds of one vanilla bean

Heat water until boiling, remove from heat and whisk in agave nectar and vanilla beans, until nectar is dissolved. Chill well before using in drinks. Makes 1/2 cup syrup


Charlie @ SweetSaltySpicy said...

This martini looks delicious! I'm a fan of vanilla bean ice cream & flavored martinis and this looks like a great middle taste between the two. said...

it looks perfect!

JillyAn said...

Oh my goodness...that sounds amazing! I love coconut milk and I know this would be a fantastic martini!

Evan Thomas said...

This sounds heavenly!

Claudia said...

You certainly earned that martini. I stayed in. All day. I would have been enticed out if your martini was waiting for me.

Amy Bakes Everything said...

This is a wonderful reward for a cold snowy run! Great job!

K o r i said...

Good for you for finishing such a snowy run! And what a fun, festive reward...such a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

Kimberly Peterson said...

Ohh what a lovely looking cocktail!! You making me thirsty, lol.

Stephanie said...

Looks like a super tough run - I think you earned that martini. Thanks for sharing - sounds wonderful!

Anonymous said...

This martini looks awesome! Good job with running in all that snow too!!!!! :-)

Rich said...

Wow - that martini looks like it would be great with or without a frigid run right before it!

Marisa said...

Congratulations on finishing your run in the snow! You should be very proud of yourself. That is something I know I could never do. This martini is a great reward!

kitchenmorph said...

congratulations! that was quite a task and thank you for sharing this beautiful cocktail!