The other week, I had my first chocolate martini, after having consumed an exceptionally heavy pub lunch. It was lovely, but a little on the sickly side – So, I thought why not find a recipe and have a go at making one myself.
I’ve had Paul Young’s Adventures With Chocolate book for quite some time now, but never actually made any of the recipes from it. This man can create incredible things with chocolate and luckily for me there happens to be a recipe called ‘The Ultimate Chocolate Martini’ in his book.
Last night I had a go at making this rather remarkable drink and it did not fail to impress. Using real chocolate instead of liqueur gave this drink a much crisper taste and it tasted divine. More of a grown up chocolate martini, which I’ll no doubt be making again!
Here is the recipe… Why not have a go at making it yourself? I used William Chase vodka for my drink and in the name of research, will try it out with gin next time!
THE ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE MARTINI
Makes 2 large Martinis
For the chocolate liqueur
100g 70% dark chocolate
100g golden caster sugar
For the cocktail
4 x 25ml of gin or vodka
2 x 25ml vermouth
cocoa powder for dusting
To make the chocolate liqueur, put 150ml water, the chocolate and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over a very low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and allow to totally cool.
Place 2 martini glasses in the freezer for an hour.
Half-fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice, then add four 25ml measures of chocolate liqueur and the other liquids and shake well. Pour into the frozen glasses, dust the top with cocoa powder and serve.
Enjoy and let’s just ignore the calorie content for this one!