Holiday parties are incomplete without exotic cocktails and mouth-watering food. Like all other preferences, people have their choices when it comes to alcoholic beverages. Some like to sip on a bitterly sweet classic Negroni, while others enjoy gulping down a minty Mojito. As cocktails are about mixing spirits with a whole variety of ingredients, why not use chocolate to add a sweet touch. People tend to think that all chocolate cocktails are thick, bubbly, and extremely sweet. However, if you know about some of the perfect chocolate cocktail recipes, you’ll understand that not all chocolate cocktails are sweet, frothy confectionary beverages. So if you think your guests might enjoy a cocktail with a twist of chocolate, here are seven chocolate cocktails to serve at your next holiday party.
1. Chocolate Mudslide:
If you crave an ultimate dessert beverage served chilled, then the Chocolate Mudslide may become your go-to chocolate cocktail. The first step of making this delicious chocolate cocktail is getting the glass ready. Sprinkle some cocoa powder in a cocktail or a wine glass and swirl it to distribute it evenly along the inner side. Once done, blend Vodka (1 oz), Irish cream (1 oz), Kahlua (1 oz), crème de cacao, and heavy cream (1 oz each) along with some ice using a blender. Once the mixture looks smooth, pour it into the serving glass. It’s better to use Andre Champagne over a normal one as it has intense flavors.
2. Death by Chocolate Martini:
When it comes to cocktails, nothing can beat an excellent old Martini. The classic drink, paired with some creamy chocolate, does make a visually appealing chocolate cocktail. Firstly, get the martini glass ready by dipping the rim into chocolate liqueur and then in smoothly whisked cocoa powder and set aside. Pour Vodka (1 part), chocolate liqueur (2 parts), and half-and-half (1 part) along with some ice in a metal cocktail shaker. Shake all the ingredients well for more than 20 seconds. Then pour the blend into the martini glass rimmed with chocolate liqueur and cocoa powder. Enjoy this cocktail with your partner.
3. Red wine spiked Hot Chocolate:
Here’s a cocktail recipe that all wine enthusiasts will fall in love with. The combination of red wine and chocolate makes it a perfect dessert beverage suitable for all occasions. Whether it’s a holiday party or a cozy movie night with your loved ones. Firstly heat milk (1 cup) until it’s steaming and hot, but don’t bring it to boil. Once done, lower the heat and then smoothly whisk in the red wine (⅓ cup), finely chopped dark chocolate (45 gm), and some salt. Keep stirring to prevent the chocolate from burning and once the blend gets smooth, pour it into a mug and garnish it with whipped cream.
4. Black Tie Martini:
Black Tie Martini gets its name from the classic combination of white chocolate, vanilla vodka, and cream, topped with dark black chocolate syrup. Perfect for a casual evening party, the chocolate cocktail is easy to make using the common ingredients available at home. Firstly, grab a coupe glass, rim it in dark chocolate syrup, and set aside. Pour vanilla vodka (1 oz), white chocolate liqueur ( 2 oz), half-and-half (1 oz), and crème de cacao (0.5 oz) into a cocktail shaker along with some ice cubes. Shake all the ingredients well until it turns into a smooth blend with perfect consistency. Pour the cocktail into the rimmed martini glass.
5. Chocolate Old Fashioned:
An Old Fashioned is another classic cocktail that one can think of when they hear the ‘cocktail,’ especially for Bourbon enthusiasts. There’s no way to let the bourbon enthusiasts down without adding a bourbon induced chocolate cocktail. To give it a twist of chocolate and maintain the bitter flavor, we’ll use chocolate bitters. Firstly, add one sugar cube, chocolate bitters (4 dashes), and an orange twist into an old fashioned or lowball glass. Muddle the ingredients to crush the sugar cube, extract oils from the orange twist, and then add bourbon (2 oz) and a splash of water. Throw in some ice cubes and use cherry for garnishing.
6. Chocolate Cake Cocktail Shot:
How about a refreshing vodka shot with a flavor of a chocolate cake? Well, the combination is refreshing, unlike some of the dessert chocolate cocktails mentioned above. Grab a shot glass and rim it with a slice of fresh lemon and then dip it in sugar and set it aside. Pour vanilla vodka (¾ oz), hazelnut liqueur (1 ½ oz) in a cocktail shaker, add some ice cubes, and shake well. Once done, strain the cocktail into the rimmed shot glass and use the lemon slice as garnish. The ingredients mentioned above will make only one shot of the chocolate cake cocktail.
7. Bourbon Ball:
Here’s another bourbon-infused cocktail with a twist of chocolate. It is not a super sweet and creamy chocolate cocktail, but instead has a dry and smooth taste with the right amount of sweetness. Bourbon Ball is easy to make, and one of the elegant chocolate cocktails you can serve your guests during holiday parties. Pour white crème de cacao (½ part), bourbon (1 ½ part), heavy cream and hazelnut liqueur (½ part) into a cocktail shaker, add some ice cubes and shake the ingredients well until you get the perfect blend. Once done, strain the cocktail into a martini glass. Use whipped cream and chocolate shavings for garnish. Bourbon Ball tastes better when served on the rocks.
Those were the seven chocolate cocktails that are easy to make and go well on several occasions, including holiday parties. So, go on and get creative with your favorite cocktails by adding a hint of chocolate. Make sure to choose the right bitters and liqueurs as they can affect the taste and flavor of the cocktail immensely.