The Buttercup


The Pairing

The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

The Reasoning

Well, honestly it’s partly because I fancied trying a go at a peanut butter cup cocktail but also the movie is 30 years old this year! I wasn’t actually one of those lucky folks who grew up with this movie, I first saw it in my mid-twenties. But I have grown just as fond of it as I am the movies of my youth, such as Labyrinth, Beetlejuice and The Dark Crystal, and that’s really something. Which reminds me, I need to make cocktails for those, too. 🙂

The Cocktail

Going full dork and writing “As you wish” inside the martini glass with chocolate syrup and a syringe isn’t necessary, but if you do it, as alcoholic potions master I will award +10 points to your Hogwarts house.

This recipe does require peanut butter simple syrup, which can be a pain to find. However, it can be made at home very easily within 15 minutes, which is what I did. I used this recipe.

You will need:

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Martini glass
  • Ice cubes
  • Sieve
  • Spoon
  • Paring knife (or any sharp knife)
  • 2 oz vodka (Non-Alcoholic Substitute: Omit this Ingredient)
  • 3 oz cream or half and half (Non-Alcoholic Substitute: Additional 2 oz Cream or Half & Half)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter simple syrup
  • Chocolate syrup (I used Hersheys but any relatively runny syrup will work)
  • A pinch of cocoa powder
  • Peanut butter cup

Add a squirt of chocolate syrup to the bottom of your martini glass. If you’re going to write in the glass w/ your syrup, do so now. If you do, be sparing with the syrup so it doesn’t run.

Add 5 or 6 ice cubes to your martini shaker. Measure vodka, cream/half and half, peanut butter syrup and 1 tbsp chocolate syrup into the shaker. Shake vigorously until well mixed. Take your spoon and turn it upside down over the martini glass, bowl up. Slowly pour the contents of the shaker over the spoon and into the glass, taking care not to disturb the chocolate syrup in the bottom/sides.

Take your sieve and hold it over the glass. Drop your pinch of cocoa powder into the sieve to powder the top of the cocktail evenly.

Take the paring knife and cut a small diagonal wedge out of your peanut butter cup like a thin pie slice so that it will fit over the edge of your glass snugly as garnish.

Inconceivable! ❤

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