Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun with Dessert Cocktails

Dessert? Make Mine a Cocktail!

Dessert Cocktails really are a great way to end a meal so let's have a look at some of the delicious recipes I've found for you and see what you think.



Delicious, sweet and creamy, who needs dessert when you can have one of these dessert cocktails? These cocktails even sound like a dessert with names like macaroon and toffee split. Why don't you host a dinner party with a difference and serve up an alcoholic sweet with a twist?

If you are intrigued by the idea of a dessert cocktail then read on. Flavored vodkas, a plethora of other flavored cocktails and the introduction of creamy, fruity cocktails in the 70s and 80s have all led to this millennium's desert cocktail.

A Macaroon Cocktail


A Macaroon (it tastes just like the biscuit)

6 parts vodka
1 part chocolate liqueur
1 part amaretto

Place all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, with ice, and shake well, then strain and serve in a martini glass. Serve the martini glass on a saucer or small plate with a couple of plain wafer biscuits.

One Ireland - A Creamy Cocktail


Next up is the One Ireland, I'm not usually a whiskey fan but........

One Ireland

4 parts Irish whiskey
1 part green creme de menthe
small scoop vanilla ice cream

Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth. Serve in a martini glass, again I'd put the glass on a small plate or saucer (this is dessert) and I'd place a mint matchstick across the top of the martini glass.

Chocolate Margarita


Now if you want a really intense chocolate desert cocktail you can't go past a Chocolate Margarita. There are lots of variations on this cocktail, here is my favourite -

Chocolate Margarita

1 ½ oz.Tequila
1 oz. Godiva liquor,
¾ oz. cream or half & half,
1 tlbs Hershey's syrup
2 oz. orange juice,
ice
oreos
sugar syrup

Crush the oreo's, then dip the rims of the martini glasses into sugar syrup and then into the oreo's. Now place the rest of the ingredients into the shaker, shake well and strain carefully into the martini glass without touching the oreos! Serve the glass onto a small plate or saucer and put a couple of oreo's beside it.

Jealousy Cocktail - Minty Heaven in a Glass!


This really is an after-dinner cocktail and if you want a change, you could occasionally flavour the cream with a different liqueur.

Jealousy

1 tsp creme de menthe
1-2 tbsp double cream
2 measures coffee or chocolate liqueur
crushed ice

Step one is to gently beat the mint liqueur into the cream until it's thick. Next step is to pour the coffee liqueur into a very small shot glass and carefully spoon the flavored cream onto the top.

Put the shot glass on a saucer or small dessert plate and have an After Eight Dinner Mint on the side.

Toffee Split Shooter


For another delicious shot you can't go past the Toffee Split.

Toffee Split

Crushed ice
1 measure toffee liqueur
2 measures drambuie

First fill a shot glass with crushed ice. Next pour the drambuie into the glass and then pour in the toffee liqueur carefully from the side of the glass so it layers on top.

This can be served as is or alongside a bowl of vanilla ice-cream as it does make a very nice "adult" ice-cream topping.

More Delicious Dessert Cocktails


A trifle is a quintessentially English dessert made with thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, jelly and whipped cream. It would seem appropriate then to serve this cocktail with a couple of sponge fingers on the side.

Trifle Martini

2 ½ shots blackcurrant vodka
2 shots drambuie
½ shot chambord

Place all of the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass to serve.

Banoffeetini

2 shots vanilla vodka
¾ shot butterscotch schnapps
¾ shot banana liqueur
1 tsp maple syrup
½ shot double cream
½ shot milk
¼ fresh banana

Firstly, mash the banana in the base of a cocktail shaker. Next pour the rest of the ingredients into the shaker, along with ice, and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a dusting of chocolate powder.

This is quite a rich cocktail so a couple of plain biscuits on the side is a great way to serve it. Another way is to have a couple of chocolate covered strawberries on the side.

Use some stylish dessert plates to place your cocktail or shot glasses on. This gives you something to garnish or to add the suggested accompaniments to.

Egg Custard Martini

2 shots vodka
1 ½ shots avocaat
½ shot bourbon
½ shot vanilla vodka
¼ shot sugar syrup

Place all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with grated nutmeg on the top.

Accompany with a shortbread finger.

Zabaglione Martini

2 shots advocaat
1 shot Marsala
1/2 shot Cognac
3/4 shot freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 fresh egg yolk

Shake all of the ingredients together with ice and strain into a cocktail glass to serve.

Serve this Italian inspired cocktail with amaretto biscuits.

If you're after more dessert cocktail information then try this book.



Death by Chocolate Cocktail - The Ultimate Chocolate Cocktail!


Chocolate lovers rejoice! This cocktail is appropriately named Death by Chocolate because it is heavy on the chocolate and is sure to kill your craving. Be careful not to overindulge.

With the whipped cream and cherry on the top it even looks like a dessert rather than a rich and delicious drink!

Death by Chocolate

2 scoops chocolate ice cream
1 oz chocolate syrup
1 oz coffee liqueur
1 oz dark creme de cacao
1 oz vodka
whipped cream
maraschino cherry
1 cup crushed ice

Pour all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass or a margarita glass and put whipped cream on the top. Top the cream with a cherry and serve as it is.

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