Sunday, March 9, 2008
Cocktail Party: The Chocolate Martini
Sadly, playing bartender at my own cocktail party left me little time to do anything but tend the bar. I had a blast mixing drinks for everyone, but it means I didn't get any pictures of all of the different cocktails--some of which were quite pretty. (Also didn't get to mingle as much as I had hoped.)
While planning my party I decided on a few key cocktails that I would learn to make so I could offer people a variety of choices. Ultimately I settled on Appletinis, Lemon Drops, Cosmopolitans, and the Chocolate Martini. Turned out, the most popular cocktail of the evening was by far the chocolate martini. We completely ran out of everything to make them before the end (I really wouldn't have minded some leftovers...), but I was pleased that they were so very well received.
After doing my research on the chocolate martini, I learned that the concoctions that more closely resemble alcoholic chocolate milkshakes were really just missing the point. The original idea was that the chocolate martini looked just like any other martini and its secret wouldn't be revealed until it was tasted. Further research led us to the bar (and who am I to complain?) in which we discovered our favorite variations on this drink to take home and try for ourselves.
After playing around with it a bit on my own (martinis on a weeknight, wee!) I was pretty happy with the results. Unfortunately, the features that make my variation most appealing also blatantly distinguish it from a real martini, so perhaps I'm missing the point too. This drink doesn't turn out brown, but I think these are even more fun when they don't scream "chocolate." Especially fun with the chocolate sprinkles.
1 1/2 parts Creme de Cacao (clear, not dark)
1 part Vodka
1 part Kahlua
1/2 part Cream, half and half or milk (preferably 2%)
Combine with ice in a shaker. Shake well (to froth the cream) and strain into glass. Allow cream a few moments to rise to the top and sprinkle with some chocolate sprinkles. If you really must have the extra chocolate, drizzle a little chocolate sauce to the bottom or rim the glass with it and enjoy.