PB&J Martini #FantasticalFoodFight

 PB&J Martini takes the classic sandwich to a whole new level!

It’s time for this month’s Fantastical Food Fight, hosted by Sarah at a Fantastical Sharing of Recipes (click that link to join in the fun).

This month’s theme is PB&J.

Can I confess that I wasn’t all that jazzed (again?)  Ahh!  What’s wrong with me?!?

So, I grew up eating peanut butter sandwiches, because I didn’t like the jelly (such a weirdo).  So, even as an adult, I almost never make PB&J (even though PB&J is totally delicious).

So what to make?

I thought about muffins or pancakes, but I didn’t think I could get my family to eat them (they’re as weirded out by jelly as I am – weirdos).

Then I thought about PB&J Burgers that I’ve seen at a local burger joint.  But I expected a full out revolt with that and frankly, I was a little weirded out by the concept myself. 

Sheesh, how many times can I say weird in one post? Weird!

Finally, I decided to make a PB&J inspired drink – a martini, in fact!

I started out with a peanut infused vodka (which I made myself since I still have a TON of peanuts left from Spud’s baseball party).  At first, I really wasn’t sure what to use for the jelly elements, but when Hubs suggested red wine, I knew we had a winner.

The martini starts off with a peanut butter rimmed glass and a little dollop of jelly in the bottom.  Then the peanut vodka is mixed with some red wine (dry or sweet, depending on how you like your martini) and a splash of grenadine.  Last, but certainly not least, it’s garnished with a mini PB&J!  Perfection!

Hubs (who says he ate too much PB&J as a kid), thought the martini was too peanut-heavy.  I thought it was pretty good, but definitely needed bites of the bread between sips to break it up.

I had a tiny bit of the vodka left over and made 1 more martini with a 1:3 ratio instead (one part PB vodka to 3 parts wine) and totally skipped the grenadine and I thought it was a much smoother drink.  Though truth be told, I like both, they were just different!

Check out the link up below the recipe for even more PB&J creations!

Peanut Infused Vodka

1 cup peanuts, crushed
¾ cup vodka

To crush the peanuts, smash them between two cutting boards, or crush them with a meat tenderizer or rolling pin.

Place the peanuts in a mason jar and add the vodka.  Close tightly and place in a cool area away from direct sunlight for 1-2 weeks.

Strain out any solids and return to the mason jar until ready to use.

PB&J Martini

2 tsp raspberry preserves
2 tsp creamy peanut butter

1 shot raspberry coffee syrup or grenadine
2 shots peanut infused vodka
3 shots red wine

Place ½ teaspoon raspberry preserves in the bottom of 2 martini glasses.  Spread a little peanut butter around the rims of the glasses.  Spread remaining peanut butter and preserves on a thin slice of Italian bread and cut in half.

Put some ice in a martini shaker (or mason jar).  Add the syrup, peanut vodka, and wine.  Shake, then divide into the glasses.  Garnish with a mini PB&J and enjoy!


  1. I like the concept. I wonder if using chambord instead of wine would've worked. Hmmmmm....time to experiment.

  2. What a creative idea and it looks so pretty!

  3. That is such an interesting concept, and the drink is gorgeous. Not weird at all! Cool riff on the theme!

  4. What a creative idea! I had a hard time coming up with a recipe too!

  5. I'd certainly win hearts with my family if I were to serve them this innovative martini, sounds really good.

  6. OMG- I had to comment! This looks amazing- I am so impressed that you made peanut infused vodka! This does look good and messy-fun too~

  7. What a creative idea! I didn't like jelly as a kid, either. I had issues with "fruit that wasn't real fruit." I ate peanut butter and butter instead.
    My kids like PB&J, though, and I don't mind sharing theirs on occasion. But it's much better grilled!

  8. what a fancy drink!! love the sound of this :) - sarah k @ the pajama chef


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