In this week’s Cooking with Bwog, resident culinary expert and quasi-mixologist Matt Powell shows you how to make love potions for Valentine’s Day out of the two most potent aphrodisiacs known to man—chocolate and alcohol!
I may not be a mixologist, but I’ve always liked to experiment with different kinds of drink combinations. It probably all started when I was young. My mom would catch me mixing her good perfumes and expensive spices in a large pitcher… Let’s just say I’ve made some progress since then. At least my drinks are nontoxic now.
But seriously, these drinks would be perfect for your funny valentine. With a plenty of sweetness, they could be considered desserts in their own right. And they only take a split-second to make (as compared to the desserts from last week).
In this drink Amaretto paired with strawberry ice cream to create a milkshake-like dessert.
- 8 scoops of Strawberry Ice Cream
- 1/4 C whole milk
- 1/3 C Amaretto
- 4 fresh strawberries, plus 2 for garnish
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender except for the garnish. Blend until smooth and thick—like a milkshake.
- Pour into 2 glasses. Cut a slit in the center of the two remaining strawberries and place on the rims of the glasses. Serve.
The Chocolate-Covered Cherry
A couple weeks ago, I had an excess of cherries and I decided to blend them into juice. I came up with this drink and it was absolutely delicious.
- 4 oz. cherry juice
- 2 oz. crème de cacao
- 1 oz. vanilla vodka
- Ice (for the shaker)
- Fresh whipped cream (for garnish)
- A small chocolate bar (for garnish)
- Combine the cherry juice, the crème de cacao, vodka, and ice in a shaker. Shake the contents until combined and chilled. Pour into two martini glasses.
- Top the drinks with the fresh whipped cream. Shave bits of the chocolate bar, using a microplane or grater, over the whipped cream and the drink.
The Godiva Martini
Granted, I didn’t come up with this recipe myself, but what Valentine’s Day is complete without the Godiva Martini? It may even be better than a box of chocolates.
- 3 oz. Godiva chocolate liqueur
- 3 oz. crème de cacao
- 1 oz. vodka
- Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker. Shake until combined and chilled. Pour into two martini glasses and serve.
Image from Flickr/Brenda-Starr