Chocolate Chili Martini and a Chili Russian Cocktail

A few months ago I was asked if I would like to sample a Chocolate Mint Liqueur from John DeKuyper & Sons. I used it to make a fun adult shake, combining the liqueur with vodka and ice cream and we loved it.  Maybe a bit brazen but loved it so much I asked if I  could also get a bottle of their Chocolate Chili Liqueur. I’ve had this bottle sitting out for a couple of weeks now and planned to post something last Friday but, in case you didn’t notice, I did not get a cocktail post done last week. Sort of sad because I had not missed a post for my Friday Cocktail series in almost a year and a half but this whole ‘getting the house ready to sell’ business is hard work and it just didn’t happen. Ahem…well, the drink happened but the photo? No way, was too pooped so I just sipped that one without any photo obligations. Was sort of nice actually.

chocolate-chili-liqueur-original This was so easy…a bit of liqueur, a bit of vodka, a lot of ice and some shaking going on and voila…a great chilled, chocolatey martini with just a hint of pepper. My friends Karen and Ansh were here yesterday helping me with some tasks in my prep to putting my home up for sale (XOXOXOXOXO) and they sampled a bit. Ansh hit the nail on the head…the chili was just enough to provide a nice feeling of warmth and we all loved it. Mixed very simply with some vodka and it was a winner. Next on my agenda? Dying to try it with some hot chocolate!

I do love mixing it up with rimming sugar and this was perfect. A bit of sparkling sugar mixed with cocoa and cayenne pepper? Oh yeah.

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I’ve always loved White Russian cocktails so thought I should at least test a version with this liqueur. How about a Chili Russian? Loved…both the cool swirly effect from combining the cream with the already mixed vodka and liqueur and the luscious taste. Both winners in my book.

Next? Hot chocolate…doesn’t that sound good too? Is it obvious enough I love this stuff? :)

Chocolate Chili Martini
 
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Ingredients
For the rim:
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cocoa
  • ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
For the cocktail:
  • 1 & ½ parts JDK & Sons™ Crave Chocolate Chili Liqueur
  • 1 part Premium Vodka
Preparation
  1. Mix the rim ingredients if using. Dip the rim into a puddle of the liqueur and then dip in the sugar.
  2. Combine all cocktail ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
  3. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Chili Russian
 
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Ingredients
For the rim:
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cocoa
  • ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
For the cocktail:
  • 1 part JDK & Sons™ Crave Chocolate Chili Liqueur
  • 1 part Vodka
  • 1-2 parts Half & Half
Preparation
  1. Mix the rim ingredients if using. Dip the rim into a puddle of the liqueur and then dip in the sugar.
  2. Mix the Chocolate Chili Liqueur and Vodka in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  3. Pour into the glass and finish with half and half; using an amount that best suits your taste.


Comments

  1. says

    OMG, my brain stopped processing shortly after it read “chocolate chilli liqueur!… :o) Utterly fabulous idea and yes yes yes to the hot chocolate plan :) Good luck with the house sale but ugh, don’t envy you the preceding schlep. How nice to look forward to starting with a clean slate though!

    • Creative Culinary says

      The clean slate part is nice; the less space to clean is nice too…if I manage to survive the nonstop physical labor to get there. :)

  2. says

    Gosh, I thought I had commented on this – probably my comment disappeared into the ether! Anyway, love the combo of chocolate and chili in this – very creative. And I know what you mean about Foodgawker – I’m convinced some of their people either don’t have calibrated monitors, or don’t understand basic exposure. But they’re a great site, and their little quirks are kind of amusing. Anyway, good stuff – thanks.
    john@kitchenriffs Most Recent Post: Singapore Noodles

    • Creative Culinary says

      Thanks John…I’ve been seeing the trends long enough to know what they will and won’t like and thankfully don’t get my panties all in a bunch of rejected. I would rather take a distinct or unique photo…that’s the fun for me!

    • Creative Culinary says

      Hehe…I just got my Foodgawker rejection. Low lighting. Why yes it is…it’s supposed to be! They are mighty stuck in their ways but the good news is I know that and absolutely expected a rejection. Still..your sweet words came at EXACTLY the right time! XOXO

  3. Sharon Skelton says

    These sound so good. We’ll be trying them soon. If you haven’t tried Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters in a martini you should!

    • Creative Culinary says

      I just received some bitters from Fee Brothers but no Aztec Chocolate…I would love a full complement of everything they have!

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