Monday, February 13, 2012

Love Potion No. 9: Valentine Chocolate Martini

Valentine's Day just isn't complete without chocolate, so what better way to celebrate the evening than by sharing a sexy cocktail with the person you love? But finding the perfect cocktail is like finding true love — it requires a lot of persistence and leaves you a bit woozy at the end. So why not combine the two with the perfect love potion for Valentine's Day — a rich, creamy and sinfully delicious Chocolate Martini. Whether you're raising your glass to true love or drowning your sorrows in it, this decadent chocolatey cocktail will help with both. But be warned, these wicked Chocolatini recipes are dangerous, so be sure to remember these famous words by Dorothy Parker...

"I love a good martini, but two at the very most. 
Three I'm under the table. Four I'm under the host".

Rich & Creamy Chocolate Swirl Martini
Serves 2

1 oz vodka
1 oz Kahlua
1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 oz dark creme de cacao
1 oz Godiva chocolate liqueur
1 oz light cream

Rim Garnishes:
Chocolate syrup
Grated dark chocolate or fruit sugar

Chill two martini glasses in the freezer for 10 minutes. 
For the flavoured rim, grate some dark chocolate and 1/4 cup of creme de cacao into two separate shallow plates. Dip the rims of the cocktail glasses into the chocolate liqueur, then dip into the chocolate shavings. Then, using a squeeze bottle of chocolate syrup, create decorative swirls inside the glasses, and return the glasses to the freezer for a few minutes to chill and set. 

For the Chocolate Martini, combine the vodka, creme de cacao and white chocolate liqueur in a cocktail shaker with 3 ice cubes. Shake well, add the half & half and stir. Replace the top of the shaker and strain into the chilled cocktail glass. Add a few pinches of chocolate shavings for garnish.

White Chocolate Martini
Serves 2

3 oz vanilla vodka
3 oz Godiva white chocolate liqueur
1 oz Amarula Cream

Shake all of the ingredients vigorously in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with shaved dark chocolate.

Ed's Nutella Martini
Serves 2

4 oz vanilla vodka (Stolichnaya is the best, but if you cant find vanilla, just add a drop of vanilla essence)
2 oz white créme de cacao
1 oz Frangelico

Stirred each of the ingredients gently over ice & strain into a chilled martini glass. Don't shake, or else it'll look cloudy! Garnish with a chocolate-coated almond on a cocktail stick to look like an olive. You use dark chocolate or white with a hint of cardamom, which has green food dye, for the full effect.