Nothing 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.
A 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.