I found myself a few years ago with some time on my hands. I had a 12 week gap after I finished a temporary assignment, while in the interview process for what would become a permanent position. To make the most of my unexpected time off, I did a little research project to investigate the perfect chocolate-tini, and below is the product of my “hard work”.
It’s a dessert and a drink, all wrapped up in on! Just be careful if you do not usually drink caffeine, this can keep you up at night staring at the ceiling. Drop the coffee liquor and add some baileys for a low octane version that resembles chocolate milk.
Secret: The reason this works so well is that hazelnut (which is the flavor of Frangelica) and chocolate is a classic combination (think Nutella or fine Belgian chocolates). Also, coffee flavor introduced to anything chocolate will make the chocolate flavor more intense by bringing out the bitterness.
Makes 2 cocktails. Put the following in a shaker with a bunch of ice cubes and shake vigorously:
3 shots Chocolate liquor
Tip: My favorite is Godiva. Anything but the white chocolate, which is better on its own as a shot. Another great option, but a bit more costly is the French chocolate liquor called “Chocolat Royal” Liqueur by Marie Brizard, just beware it is really rich and should be used sparingly, if using Chocolat Royal only use one shot for two drinks.
1 shot Vanilla Vodka (or two if you are brave)
2 shots Frangelica
1 shot coffee or espresso liqueur (I use Kahlua)
Pour some chocolate syrup in a swirl around the inside of 2 martini glasses. If you have a small chocolate like a Hershey kiss put one in the base of each glass. Pour the drink into the glasses.
Now this is where I show dedication. I dump out the ice in the shaker, pour in a quarter cup heavy whipping cream and shake vigorously. I gently pour this homemade whipped cream to the tops of the martinis (of courses you can use the Redi-whip if that is what you have on hand). Finish with a shake of cocoa powder.