With mother’s day just around the corner why not surprise mom with this delicious riff on a chocolate martini instead of the box of CVS chocolates you picked on on the way over.
A Chocolate Martini…only better
Spicy is the new sweet and this complex chocolate martini introduces a slow, warm burn to palate. Like anything else en vogue cocktails, and their dominant flavors, go in cycles. And right now, spicy is in.
That was my inspiration for this next cocktail.
I’d recently finished my homemade chocolate liqueur and since I hadn’t used it yet it was time to give it some lovin’.
But as always I needed a good recipe in which to use it. Trouble was that I didn’t want a typical chocolate martini and after a cursory search of the interwebs I arrived at the astonishing conclusion that there really weren’t many recipes worth trying. When you’ve been mixing craft cocktails as long as I have you can start to visualize the flavors of a drink from the recipe alone – much like a practiced musician can hear music just from looking at sheet music. Many of the cocktails I came across were just bad – created by the producers and importers of chocolate liqueurs in a transparent attempt to move product. Others were bland and others still sounded straight up gross – chocolate liqueur, champaign and maraschino cherry juice… pass.
And thus was born the Mayan Fire cocktail.
This one’s about a simple as it gets. Add you’re ingredients into a shaker and shake. If you’d like to add some more foam to the top of the glass strain out the ice and dry shake for 7 more seconds. Pour into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with cayenne pepper, grated chocolate, a chili pepper or a combination of all three.
That’s it. Now go make momma proud.
- 40 ml half and half
- 40 ml (1 1/4 oz) Homemade Dark Chocolate Liqueur
- 20 ml (1/2+ oz) Ancho Reyes Chili liqueur
- 10 ml Jalapeño Vodka
- Garnish: grated dark chocolate, cayenne pepper, or chili pepper
- Add all ingredients into shaker.
- Add ice.
- Shake until chilled.
- Double strain into a chilled glass.
- Garnish with grated chocolate, chili pepper or both.