Happy Hour: Bailey's and Strawberries

Is it bad that I already have Valentine's on the brain? I was wracking my mind trying to think of good Valentine's drinks to share. Instead, I remembered a sweet liqueur inspired treat. Now, this one I am passing from a friend. Her hubby is a manager of a restaurant and he knows his food. He surprised her with this and I am dying to try.

Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur
16 ounces Chocolate Chips
2 tablespoons Shortening

Rinse strawberries and dry thoroughly. Use a syringe or clean marinade injector to inject about 2 teaspoons of Bailey's into each strawberry. Place them on a baking sheet, and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally until smooth. Dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture. Rest on waxed paper to set. (Use a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water if you do not have a double boiler)

If you want to get fancy, you can melt white chocolate too and drizzle it over the strawberries to stripe.

You know, the more I think about it - the more I think other liqueurs would taste yummy injected into the strawberries? He used Bailey's - but maybe choose a Puckers or something fruity?

Now - I also don't want you to forget that we still have the Dirty Sue contest going on! All you have to do is invent a recipe using DIRTY SUE and you can win an awesome DIRTY SUE GIFT SET! A must for any martini lover.

Here is Stacy's invention!
I'm not a martini drinker...well, except I do enjoy Apple Martini's! ;) But my grandmother was a martini drinker, and her favorite was the 'Patton Martini':

1 splash Dry Vermouth
1 1/2 oz Gin
1 squirt Dirty Sue
2 Olives
2 Cocktail onions

Mix gin, vermouth and Dirty Sue in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with onions and olives alternating on a toothpick.

Sounds yummy - yah? How would you mix a drink using Dirty Sue? Let me know here: Dirty Sue Contest.