Nothing gets people running to a bar any day of the week faster than when chocolate is involved. The thick, velvety, brownie treat has been captivating thousands for centuries and there are no plans of it ever going out of fashion. Whether you prefer yours warm and drizzling with sweet syrup or freshly whipped and spicy, there are numerous variations of how one can indulge in chocolate, the Latin aphrodisiac, delicious cure-all, and preferred dessert choice of many.
Almost a year ago, we swooned over the succulent Mexican Hot Chocolate Martini, a revamp on a classic. During our discovery of this cocktail, we also learned about how chocolate wasn’t just a luxurious, liquid candy for royals, but a key ingredient in Emperor Montezuma’s infamous love potion. Today, chocolate continues to reign supreme as a gift that expresses one’s token of appreciation. Even if you’re preparing for bikini season, give yourself some wiggle room with these four sinfully tempting chocolate cocktails that’ll have you licking your glasses clean. Get seduced tonight with food of the gods.
Top Chocolate Cocktail: Hot Lips Chocotini
Not everyone likes their kisses sweet, some prefer sultry, steamy sessions that leave you all hot and bothered. That’s why we’re sweating over the Hot Lips Chocotini, as featured in Kara Newman’s new book Spice & Ice: 70 Tongue-Tingling Cocktails. Currently, bartenders are heating up their drinks with wasabi and ginger, but for Latinos, its red chile peppers that leave us in tears of joy. Add some fire to your palate while enjoying the addicting taste of cocoa with this crazy concoction. Is it getting hot in here or is it just you?
½ Sliced red chile pepper
1 oz. Chocolate flavored vodka (We used Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate vodka)
1 oz. Kahlua
½ oz. Maraschino liqueur (We used Luxardo)
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the sliced chile pepper. Add the chocolate vodka, Kahlua, and Maraschino liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a small martini or pousse-café glass. Gently pour cream over the back of the spoon to create a float on the top of the drink. Use a hand grater for a generous amount of chocolate shavings on top of the drink.
Top Chocolate Cocktail: White Chocolate Martini
The creamy, silky smoothness of rich, decadent white chocolate can send shivers up and down anyone’s spine like a sudden cold breeze during the middle of a heat wave. While it’s technically not chocolate because it’s made with rich cocoa butter, it does come from cocoa beans, except milk, sugar, and vanilla are also added to enhance our love affair with one of the most luxurious, yet simple treats one can ever savor. Include some vodka and cream into the mix for a martini that’ll have you speaking in tongues. Then again, you may want to skip on the chatting and put your muscle to better use, like lapping up every single drop.
1 oz. Vanilla flavored vodka (We used Van Gogh Vanilla)
2 oz. White chocolate liquor
1 oz. Cream
White chocolate shavings or white cocoa powder
Roll rim of martini glass in white chocolate shavings or white cocoa powder. Add all liquids in a cocktail shaker and shake over ice. Strain drink into glass.
Top Chocolate Cocktail: Raspberry White Chocolate Truffle
To enhance the intensity of chocolate, add some jewel-hued raspberries bursting with juice to satisfy your taste buds and leave you aching for more. The Raspberry White Chocolate Truffle is sensual and luxurious, featuring the delicate notes of white chocolate and Madagascar vanilla. Chocolate alone does wonders to the mouth, but with some heavenly berries that are easily attainable year-round, we wouldn’t be surprised if it became our bartender’s new best friend.
1 ½ oz. Raspberry vodka (We used Van Gogh Raspberry)
1 ½ oz. White chocolate liqueur (We used Godiva)
1 ½ oz. White crème de cocoa
1 oz. Raspberry liqueur
Combine liquid ingredients in a shaker and shake over ice. Strain into glass. Garnish with raspberries on a pick.
Top Chocolate Cocktail: Chocolate Covered Cherries
Nothing stirs up the mood on any night like a bottle of chilled champagne and chocolate covered cherries, but who has time to find these mouthwatering treats when you just want to get it on? Buying Cristal is easy, but preparing chocolate covered cherries can be a pain. If you can handle another round of drinks, be daring and serve this decadent delight that highlights dark cherry vodka, cream, cherries dipped in syrup, and plenty of chocolate for your sweet tooth. Be warned, too much alcohol can lead to surprising results in the bedroom. Proceed with caution and enjoy it like lovemaking: slowly.
1 oz. Chocolate vodka (We used Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate)
1 oz. Cherry vodka (We used Van Gogh Black Cherry)
1 oz. Crème de Cacao
3 Maraschino cherries
Swirl chocolate syrup around inside of a martini glass and place maraschino cherries in the bottle of the glass. Add liquids into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Pour into martini glass.