On the second day of Christmas (just a few days late because that’s how she rolls), Thirsty Jane gives to you Two Turtle Cups. The Twelve Days of Drinking challenge me with plenty of bird-inspired cocktails, to I dropped the dove and focused on the turtle part of the gift because I like, no, I love, turtle candies. In fact, here’s a recipe from my Aunt Rita for Turtle Candy. Yes, that is her recipe box and yes, the entire box consists solely of candy recipes, most of which are typed on 3 x 5 index cards. We didn’t call her the “Crazy Scotswoman” for nothing. In fact, Aunt Rita was the woman who tried to teach me shorthand one summer on vacation when I’d read all of my books, as well as my mother’s and Rita’s Harlequin romances, and it was too cold even for me to swim in some cheap motel’s pool in North Dakota. Never blessed with her own children, Aunt Rita often puzzled the cousins when it came to play time, but the woman could make candy!
Aunt Rita’s Turtle Candy
2 tbl. solid vegetable shortening
1/2 lb. soft caramel candy
2 tbl. whipping cream
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
Melt chocolate chips with shortening in a double boiler. In another pan, melt caramels with cream. Arrange spoonfuls of pecans on greased cookie sheet. Spoon melted caramel over each pile of nuts. Let stand until firm. Spoon melted chocolate over the caramel. Cool in “refrig” until firm.
Using the chocolate/nut/caramel theme, I visited the bar one early Sunday morning to invent a suitable sippable substitute. Vodka, and especially anything chocolate, caramel or vanilla flavored seemed too pedestrian and didn’t carry enough heft for me for a pre-church experiment. So, I opted for some Irish whiskey, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur). Add in a little caramel and chocolate sauces swirled in the glass, and you’ve got the second day of Christmas nailed, for you and a loved one.
Thirsty Jane’s Turtle Cup Cocktail
1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
1 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur
1/2 ounce hazelnut liqueur
Swirl caramel and chocolate sauces in a double old-fashioned glass. Combine other ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Pour into glasses.