Mint Chocolate Martini

Creamy cocktail flavoured with chocolate and mint.

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I made this cocktail to show off the deliciously rich flavour of my cocoa nib vodka. The combination of double cream and mint syrup really bring out the chocolate flavour and make seriously indulgent drink.

This makes a fantastic after dinner treat and will definitely impress guests!

You could probably use any chocolate liquor instead if cocoa bin vodka, you might need to adjust the amount of syrup through!

Variations: I was thinking of making this a mocha martini by using some Tia Maria and a pain sugar syrup.

Ingredients: Serves one

  • 30ml cocoa nib vodka
  • 25ml double cream
  • 30ml mint syrup
  • 1tbsp cocoa nibs
  • ice
  • mint spring for garnish.

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To Make:

Place a few cubes of ice in a cocktail shaker, then add the cream, mint syrup, vodka and cocoa nibs.

Seal and shake hard for 30 seconds to fully incorporate the cream.

Strain into a chilled sherry or martini glass, and garnish with ice and a sprig of mint.

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Cocao Nib Vodka

Vodka, infused with dark and bitter cocoa nibs.

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This is another recipe from Wild Cocktails by Lottie Muir. When I first flicked through the book to look for ideas, this recipe really took my fancy, as I could imagine how the rich and chocolatey cocoa nibs would flavour the vodka.

This recipe is very, very simple, you just need to soak the cocoa nibs in vodka for a few days and then strain the vodka off. I reserved the cocoa nibs, and kept them in the fridge. I add a tsp into cocktails before shaking to add some extra chocolate flavour.

This is  a bit strong to drink on its own, but when you add it to cocktails, it gives a really strong chocolate flavour.

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Ingredients: Makes around 500ml

  • 500ml 40% vodka
  • 150g cocoa nibs

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To Make:

Weigh out 150g cocoa nibs into a large kilner jar.

 

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Top with 500ml 40% vodka and shake to mix.

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Leave to a cool dark place for 2-3 days to infuse.

Strain to a wide mouthed pitcher, then use a funnel to pour into presentation bottles.

Store in a cool dark place.

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Elderflower Gin and Tonic

Elderflower gin, mixed with elderflower cordial and tonic water.

thumb_DSC05651_1024This is a really simple cocktail I made with my elderflower gin and elderflower cordial, I decided to put the recipe up anyway because it tasted so good!

Ingredients: Makes 1 Glass

  • 1 shot of elderflower gin
  • 1 shot of elderflower cordial
  • tonic water
  • slice of lemon
  • fresh mint
  • ice

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To Make:

Combine the elderflower gin, cordial and ice in the bottom of a tall glass, then top up with tonic water.

Finish with a slice of lemon, and some fresh mint. (You can even add some edible flowers to make it look even prettier!)

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