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So now Darcy is pregnant (not by Dex) and in London. She flies there to be with childhood friend Ethan, but Darcy and Ethan were never close. Ethan was much closer to Rachel, and Darcy resents this as well at first. You see, Darcy always thought of herself as more deserving of all the good things in life, so of course, when Rachel ends up with her fiancé and Darcy ends up pregnant and abandoned, it's a long way down from where Darcy once stood. But now she is determined to re-create her charmed life even if it is in Ethan's tiny flat with a quickly growing belly. I won't reveal what happens to these characters, and hopefully they make this book into a movie like they did with Something Borrowed, but I will say that the cocktail pairing was basically inspired by the whole wedding idea, including the titles of the books, which harken to the traditional "Something old, something new...." rhyme.
This cocktail is traditionally called a "Wedding Cake Cocktail" (not to be confused with a chocolate cake shot, which is completely different but mighty tasty nonetheless). There is a version that includes rum or gin, amaretto, pineapple juice, and cream (and I've seen it also with orange juice added as well). I did the version with amaretto, white crème de cacao, pineapple juice and milk. The drink is blended with ice and then topped with bits of chocolate or almond pieces (I used walnuts). It's basically a daquiri, and very refreshing, sweet, but not too sweet, and I think it's probably the kind of drink that sneaks up on you, perhaps just as sneaky as good 'ole Darcy.
Something Old, Something New Wedding Cake
2 oz. Amaretto
1 oz. White crème de cacao
3 oz. Pineapple juice
3 oz. Milk
Chocolate bits, almond or walnut pieces for garnish
How to: Blend all of the ingredients in a blender with ice. Serve in a hurricane glass and top with your garnish of choice.
|Blending everything together. I used 6 to 8 ice cubes.|
|The walnuts gave the drink a nice crunch.|
|Cheers to Rachel and Dex!|