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For Labor Day - fireworks in your mouth

Normally I pride myself on being slightly ahead of the curve when it comes to trends and such.  However, pop rocks martinis seems to be one that I missed.  Yes, Pop Rocks.  The exploding candy that you're not supposed to mix with soda (I never did that, but I did give some to my dog when I was about 7...hey, I figured if enjoyed them, she would too!  She didn't.)

But apparently it's not just me.   At last week's BizBash conference, I attended a seminar called "45 trends in 45 minutes" which featured some great event ideas from around the country, including the aforementined martini.  When that photo came on the screen, everyone oohed and ahhed.  So, if some of the best event planners in the city are new to it, I must be in good company.  Here are two recipies:

Red, blue, and explosive - just in time for Labor Day!  photo source

Boston Pops Martini (pictured above)
lime wedge
package cherry Pop Rocks
2 1/2 oz. cranberry vodka
1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
1. Start with a chilled cocktail glass and rub the rim with a lime wedge
2. Open a pack of cherry flavored Pop Rocks candy and spread on a small plate or napkin. Press rim of the glass into the candy to coat rim.
3. In a shaker filled with ice, add cranberry vodka, shake and strain into prepared glass.
4. Slowly and carefully pour blue curacao in the middle of the glass, allowing it to settle in the glass. You should have two distinct layers
5. Add a small splash of lemon/lime soda.
By Joe Perdicaro at Zebra Bistro and Wine Bar, Medfield, Ma.

Le Pops Rocks Martini
3/4 ounce Skyy berry vodka
3/4 ounce Skyy citrus vodka
1 ounce Mango Fruja liqueur
1/4 ounce cranberry juice
1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with honey and Pop Rocks.
By Payman Khania at Bistro 111, Chicago

Coating the rim with honey seems to make more sense, as I think the lime would make the Rocks dissolve more quickly, thus taking away from the explosive enjoyment.  Either way, both sound delicious.

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