Since my previous posts have been about my travels as a martini explorer, I thought I'd share one of my favorite martini recipes. Given the choice, what would you choose ~ a decadent dessert or a chocolate martini? If you're like me, you'd choose the latter. I prefer a chocolate martini to be lighter, rather than a creamy confection. I don't claim to be a mixologist by any stretch of the imagination, but this is one drink that I can make and it's sublime. A big shout out to my ole' friend, Maureen , (http://maureenmeanswell.blogspot.com) who first shared this recipe with me. Chocolate Martini Glass: Martini Ice: Cubed Makes: 1 Drink 1 ounce Creme de Cacao 2 ounces Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka *Ghirardelli baking cocoa to rim the glass 1. Cover a small plate with Ghirardelli baking cocoa. Wet the outer rim of a martini glass to dampen it. Roll the glass in the cocoa to the coat the outer rim. 2. Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker; fill the shaker three-quarters full with ice cubes, and shake vigorously until throughly chilled, 15 seconds. Strain into a martini glass. Bar Carts Have you noticed how bar carts are all the rage? The owners at Re, Antiques & Vintage Home Decor, one of my favorite antique stores in RI, said that they can't keep them in their store. Some of the vintage bar carts cost around $400, a little pricier than I'd like to spend. I did find some nice ones that were under $200. Making specialized drinks can be expensive; however, the authors David Solmonson & Lesley Jacobs Solomonson have come out with The 12 Bottle Bar Book. This book gives you hundreds of cocktail recipes using only a dozen bottles to stock your bar. Practical & clever.