Variations and Substitutions
There's no traditional recipe for a salted caramel martini so that you can arrive at the finish line several different ways.
- Instead of caramel vodka, upgrade to salted caramel vodka.
- Use vanilla vodka instead of caramel vodka for a softer flavor.
- Skip the butterscotch schnapps and use vanilla instead.
- Add a splash of heavy cream for a creamier salted caramel martini.
A garnish is a way to finish the look of a drink; consider a few of these for ways to put a new spin on your salted caramel martini.
- Dip half the rim in salted caramel syrup and chocolate, adding just a pinch of sea salt, spreading it out along the rim.
- Chocolate shavings or grated chocolate make for a luxurious touch.
- Pierce a soft caramel candy with a cocktail skewer.
About the Salted Caramel Martini
This dessert-style martini shines as an after-dinner drink. Think of the salted caramel martini as an upgrade to the espresso martini, but without the caffeine to keep you awake through the night. However, if you're stirring up a salted caramel martini in search of a pick-me-up, a splash of chilled coffee can add a rich depth to the cocktail, so feel free to add a little caffeine as needed.
The salted caramel martini also fits in very well with the winter holiday season, and its rich flavors are a great touch to any party, be it Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year. The martini is not only a tasty drink but a beautiful visual touch to any host's party. The sweet and savory notes are sure to please a number of guests, and for those who don't want vodka, caramel bourbon makes for a great substitute.
A Sweet and Savory Touch
If you're looking for a treat that has that delicate balance of sweet and salty, the salted caramel martini will deliver on your hopes and dreams. Even if you're enjoying this martini solo, there's no bad time to take a sip.