Who doesn’t love chocolate? In the UK, people consume on average 11kg of chocolate per person per year and I wouldn’t be surprised if a large chunk of it was during Christmas time. I met with Jeff from The Chocolate Teapot in Brighton to create perfect liquid chocolate desserts for this holiday season. We used milk, white and dark chocolate with different spirits and liqueurs. Here are our favourites.
Chocolate Orange Martini
10g Grated dark chocolate (we used 72% Venezuelan)
Mix all in a Boston shaker and double strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with milk chocolate shavings or orange zest.
25ml Crème de cacao blanc
2 dashes of Vanilla syrup (we mixed water, sugar and a vanilla pod to create our own)
5g Grated white chocolate (we used 34% French)
Drop of fresh orange juice (from an orange wedge)
Nutmeg to taste
Mix all in a Boston shaker. I recommend going easy on the nutmeg and adjust the taste carefully, as nutmeg can easily overpower the drink. Pour into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with milk chocolate shavings.
35ml Bruichladdich single malt whisky
10g Milk chocolate (we used 38% French couverture)
½ tbsp Smooth peanut butter
Shake well in a Boston shaker and strain into a chilled glass coffee cup. Serve with or without ice. Garnish with milk chocolate and a nice straw.
40g Milk chocolate (we used 38% French couverture)
Melt the chocolate slightly, then add water, Cointreau and vodka over the heat and stir a few times. Shake the mixture over ice in a Boston shaker to cool it down. Serve in a coupe glass. The final drink should be rich in chocolate and the texture will be heavier. Think of it as a drinkable pudding.
And last but not least, my favourite – edible chocolate shot glasses!