A chocolate rush

chocolate-cocktailsNothing can be more delicious than incorporating chocolate in your cocktail.  Here are a few ways to get a cocoa kick. — From time immemorial , chocolates have been a favourite —- as a dessert, as a mood enhancer and a gourmet’s palate cleanser.  Recently, it has become a mixologist’s best friend.  From the use of chocolate liquor as a staple spirit, to grating chocolate on top as a garnish, there are many ways in which chocolate —– both dark and white —– is being utilised by mixologists across the world.  A favourite amongst the ladies, chocolate cocktails lend to an Aphrodite at play.
The spirits, chosen to make these cocktails, are either liqueur or light-flavoured spirits.  Café Tequila (Patron), Mozart and chocolate bitters like Fee Brothers often make great chocolate concoctions.  Some of the other popular liquors and liqueurs used in chocolate-based cocktails include Baileys, Amaretto, Tia Maria, Kahlua, Cocoa Tequila, Malibu Rum and Absolut Vanilla vodka.
Easter-Chocolate-CocktailA word of caution, however : Do not mix more than one liquor with chocolate.  The idea is to get the chocolate flavour to dominate the alcohol and not vice-versa.  Also, do not shake the cocktail for a long time, it might get diluted and lose its creamy texture.  And always, always taste the cocktail before you serve it, it costs nothing.
1) IRISH SIN : 20ml Baileys, 20ml Jameson, 20ml banana liqueur, 2tsp white chocolate.
Shake all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker.  Pour into an old-fashioned glass and garnish with chocolate flakes. 
(2) CHOCOLATE ROSETINI : (Presented on bed of smoking ice, the Choco Rosetini combines the sinful flavour of dark chocolate with the fragrance of rose petals, laced with vodka)  60ml Vodka, 1 scoop chocolate ice cream, 20ml rose syrup, 15ml grenadine syrup.
Blend all the ingredients and then pour into a martini glass.  Garnish with a few rose petals.  To make it truly sinful, you can dip them (the rose petals) in chocolate syrup before use. 
(3) CHOCO VANILLA WAFER : 30ml Amaretto, 2tsp white chocolate, 30ml Vodka, 10ml sugar syrup.
Shake all ingredients and pour into a martini glass.  Garnish with almond flakes. 
—— A. Joel Rajadurai.

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