The Cocktail Diaries: Date night
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.
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.