The Cocktail Diaries: Date night

JASON CLARK
Last updated 05:00 14/02/2013
black forest cocktail
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IN THE MOOD: Black Forest Martini, left, and the Chocolate Spiced Old Fashioned.

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Main ingredient Chocolate
Type of dish Cocktails
Course Drinks
Cooking time <30 min
Serves/makes 2
Special options None

Whether you're out on your first date, 50th anniversary or anywhere in between this Valentine's Day, nothing tops off the night better than a couple of delicious cocktails.

Cocktails are great for easing nerves & tension or sparking a flame for some bedroom romance later on, not to mention invigorating the tastebuds.

Here are two indulgent his & hers cocktail recipes guaranteed to liven up your evening. If you're staying in for the night they're not too tricky to whip up yourself as a thoughtful surprise. If you're heading out, ask your
friendly local bartender to mix you up something along these lines and you're sure to be in the good books for the night.

BLACKFOREST MARTINI
This cocktail is sure to melt any woman's heart. It features rich, decadent chocolate and berries with a velvety smooth finish.

30ml vanilla vodka

30ml Mozart dark chocolate liqueur

15ml Shott mixed berry puree

30ml cream mixed with 15ml butterscotch liqueur

Shake the vodka, chocolate liqueur and berry puree together, then strain over ice into a chilled martini glass, layering it with the butterscotch liqueur-infused cream. Garnish with grated dark chocolate and fresh raspberries

CHOCOLATE SPICED RUM OLD FASHIONED

For him, a very modern twist on a currently very popular classic, the 'Old Fashioned'. This recipe spices things up by replacing traditional bourbon with spiced rum and sugar with a dark chocolate liqueur. This is a quick and easy method - the traditional way involves more than 10 minutes' stirring. The soda water creates instant dilution and helps dissolve sugars in the liqueur so you can get away with less time stirring.

8ml Mozart dark chocolate liqueur

4x dashes Angostura bitters

8ml soda water

50ml Sailor Jerry spiced rum

Stir the chocolate liqueur, bitters and soda together for 10 seconds. Add a large chunk of ice and stir for another 10 seconds. Add the rum and stir for about one minute.

Garnish with a star anise stuffed dried fig or an orange zest and stir through the drink.

Jason Clark is the bartender at Hummingbird Eatery and Bar. 


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