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Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail

Devil's Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail could easily skip the crushed cookie chocoloate rim for easier serve, less mess. Skip garnish all together or garnish with cookie on the side or candy kiss speared on cocktail pick. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail could easily skip the crushed cookie chocoloate rim for easier serve, less mess. Skip garnish all together or garnish with cookie on the side or candy kiss speared on cocktail pick. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake is a most appropriate bakery treat for Halloween party season. It is dark, decadent and devilishly delicious. But in my opinion, the cake is the bones of the treat. So in this case, the cake is the cocktail. The heart of what I like about dessert.

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail uses flavor inspiration from the cake and whips up a little liquid magic. It is sweet and scrumptious like the dark and delicious chocolate cake. But this Devil’s treat takes minimal preparation time and no time wasted waiting on the oven to preheat. Pour, shake and enjoy. That’s no trick. Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail is pure treat.

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail Recipe

Devil's Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail: Chocolate and Vanilla Vodka, Hazelnut and Coffee Liqueur, Creme de Cacao and crushed chocolate cookie garnish. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail: Chocolate and Vanilla Vodka, Hazelnut and Coffee Liqueur, Creme de Cacao and crushed chocolate cookie garnish. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

1 ounce Three Olives Chocolate Vodka

1/2 ounce Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka

1 ounce Bols Brown Crème de Cacao

1/2 ounce Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

1/4 ounce Kahlua Especial Coffee Liqueur

Crushed Oreo Cookies Garnish

Crush cookies and cream cookies to fine texture. Lightly moisten outside rim of cocktail glass with hazelnut or coffee liqueur. Dip rim in crushed cookies. Set cocktail glass aside. Place vodkas, crème de cacao and liqueurs in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into prepared glass.

Creamy Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail Variation

Take the Devil's Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail on into the winter holiday season by adding heavy whipping cream to the recipe for a white creamy cocktail version. Serve martini style or opt for on the rocks serve with cacao nib garnish. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Take the Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail on into the winter holiday season by adding heavy whipping cream to the recipe for a white creamy cocktail version. Serve martini style or opt for on the rocks serve with cacao nib garnish. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Make this Devil may care cocktail work for you during the entire winter holiday season. Add 1 ounce Heavy Whipping Cream to the recipe above. Shake with ice along with the vodkas, crème de cacao and liqueurs. Strain into a chilled martini glass (crushed cookie rim optional) or strain into rocks glass over ice. Garnish with sprinkle of cacao nibs for a little bitter chocolate bite to the sweetened cocktail.

The creamy white texture and snowball color pair perfectly with wintry holidays. This variation of the Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail makes a great holiday party cocktail. It could also be garnished with a mint leave rather than cacao nibs to add a hint of festive green!

Add heavy whipping cream to the Devil's Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail and serve martini style or on the rocks variation and creamier cocktail. Garnish with cacao nibs. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Add heavy whipping cream to the Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail and serve martini style or on the rocks variation and creamier cocktail. Garnish with cacao nibs. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

I used Three Olives Vodka, Smirnoff Vodka, Bols Liqueur, Frangelico, Kahlua, Oreo Cookie and Hiland Dairy brands while creating this cocktail. Use the brands you have on hand and are the most comfortable using when recreating this recipe at home. The taste results should be close to the same.

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Crème de Menthe Chocolate Mint Cookie Cocktail

Chocolate Mint Cookie Cocktail 040 with Creme de Menthe Liqueur, Cake Vodka, Chocolate Vodka, Creme de Cacao, Half & Half with crushed Oreo cookie rim, chocolate swirl and mint leaf garnish. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Chocolate Mint Cookie Cocktail with Crème de Menthe, Cake Vodka, Chocolate Vodka, Crème de Cacao, Half & Half with crushed Oreo cookie rim, chocolate swirl and mint leaf garnish. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Chocolate Mint Cookie Cocktail was inspired by National Crème de Menthe Day and a stroll down the cookie and candy aisle of my local grocery store. If it hadn’t been for National Crème de Menthe Day, I might not have looked twice at the dusty unopened bottle sitting on the bottom of my bar shelf.

DeKuyper Creme de Menthe

DeKuyper Crème de Menthe

Crème de Menthe seems like one of those often overlooked liqueurs. The drinks it is most commonly known for places it in an older generation of cocktails. Gin struggled with the reputation of being the stodgy spirit of our parents and grandparents generation. Then crafty bartenders rescued gin from the dusty back bar and reinvented the Martini so to speak. And so, gin has been revitalized. There are gin cocktails on nearly every cocktail menu, often out numbering vodka drinks.

I don’t see crème de menthe cocktails taking drink menus by storm. There probably won’t be a huge run on crème de menthe at the liquor store. But it is definitely a flavor worth getting to know. We consume mint candies, chocolate chip mint cookies, chocolate mint ice cream, mint chocolate milk shakes and coffees with dashes of mint or peppermint stir sticks. Cold weather season lends itself toward minty concoctions of a celebratory nature.

Crème de Menthe pairs well with flavors of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, whipped cream and ice cream to name a few for starters. Start mixing and shaking. Taste the possibilities!

Chocolate Mint Cookie Cocktail Recipe

Chocolate Mint Cookie Cocktail 052 with Creme de Menthe Liqueur, Cake Vodka, Chocolate Vodka, Creme de Cacao, Half & Half with crushed Oreo cookie rim, chocolate swirl and mint leaf garnish. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Chocolate Mint Cookie with white crème de menthe. – photo and recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Chocolate Mint Cookie Cocktail – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

1 ounce UV Cake Vodka

1/2 ounce Three Olives Chocolate Vodka

1/2 ounce DeKuyper Crème de Menthe*

1/2 ounce DeKuyper Clear Crème de Cacao

1-1/2 ounce Hiland Dairy Half and Half

Crushed Oreo Cookies

Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

Mint Sprig Garnish – optional

Lightly rim edge of glass with chocolate syrup. Dip rim in finely crushed Oreo cookies. Swirl thin line of chocolate syrup inside glass. Refrigerate until ready to use. Place remaining liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled and frothy. Strain into prepared glass. Garnish with mint sprig if desired.

Chocolate Mint Cookie Cocktail 082 with Creme de Menthe Liqueur, Cake Vodka, Chocolate Vodka, Creme de Cacao, Half & Half with crushed Oreo cookie rim, chocolate swirl and mint leaf garnish. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Chocolate Mint Cookie Cocktail with green crème de menthe. – photo and recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

*Green or White Crème de Cacao is your choice. Green Crème de Cacao would be wonderful for St. Patrick’s Day. Green or White would be perfect for the holidays depending upon if you like a White Christmas or festive Green holiday.

The Difference Between White and Green Crème de Menthe

Chocolate Mint Cookie Cocktail 106 with Creme de Menthe Liqueur, Cake Vodka, Chocolate Vodka, Creme de Cacao, Half & Half with crushed Oreo cookie rim, chocolate swirl and mint leaf garnish. - recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Crème de Menthe is most commonly used in classic cocktails such as the Grasshopper and Stinger. Crème de Menthe can be found in white (clear) or green variations. They both taste essentially the same and are interchangeable in recipes where color is not an issue. Green crème de menthe obtains its color from the mint leaves it is steeped in and possible addition of coloring. White crème de menthe has had the color removed. The same is true for the crème de cacao. White (clear) and dark crème de cacao each taste essentially the same and are interchangeable in recipes where color is not important.

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Philadelphia Distilling XXX Shine Whiskey

Philadelphia Distilling XXX Shine Whiskey 039 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

XXX Shine White Whiskey: Blend of American corn. Copper pot distilled three times, thus the three XXX’s. Crafted in Philadelphia, “the capitol of moonshine consumption” according to the makers of XXX Shine Whiskey. XXX Shine Whiskey is a product of Philadelphia Distilling.

88.8 proof / 44.4% alcohol

XXX Shine White Whiskey 041 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

White Plains

1-1/2 ounce XXX Shine Whiskey

3/4 ounce Dolin Bianco Vermouth

3/4 ounce Chartreuse

1 Dash Reagans #6 Orange Bitters

Orange Twist

Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled coupe. Twist orange peel over top and discard twist.

XXX Shine Salted Caramel Whiskey: Described by the maker as rich with buttery notes. Twinge of sea salt. Satisfies craving for both sweet and salty flavor combinations.

80 Proof / 40% alcohol

XXX Shine Salted Caramel Whiskey 051 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Ménage a XXX

1 ounce XXX Shine Salted Caramel

1 ounce Trés Leches Cream Liqueur

1/2 ounce Dark Crème de Cacao

1/2 ounce White Crème de Cacao

Chocolate Rim

Rim cocktail glass with chocolate. Chill glass. Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chocolate rimmed cocktail glass.

Philadelphia Distilling opened in 2005. The company also produces American crafted Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Penn 1681 Rye Vodka, and Vieux Carre Absinthe Supérieure. Their spirits have won numerous awards and can be found in multiple markets across the globe.

Review sample courtesy representatives of Shine Whiskey

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Barefoot Midnight Memento

After dinner cocktails during the fall and winter months are an excellent way to relax and reminisce with friends and family. Barefoot Midnight Memento easily combines into late night sipping cocktail with fruit cake nutty sweetness.

Barefoot Midnight Memento Recipe

Barefoot Midnight Memento - Cheri Loughlin Cocktail Development Services

Barefoot Midnight Memento – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon Wine

1/2 ounce Crème de Cacao

1/2 ounce Cherry Liqueur

Combine liquids in snifter glass. Optional garnish: Single brandied cherry skewered and placed across top of snifter glass.

The Barefoot Midnight Memento cocktail recipe was commissioned by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Barefoot Wine & Bubbly on this site and at BarefootWine.com and by following Barefoot Wine on Facebook.

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Happy Hour Is Like a Box of Chocolate Cocktails

When the movie Forrest Gump comes to mind one line rings a bell; “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”  The same holds true with most cocktail listings at restaurants and bars.  Descriptions can be vague or over the top flowery.  The first drink poured might taste phenomenal, but the second could be vastly different depending upon the bartender mixing the drink, free pour versus measuring and whether an exact recipe is actually followed. 

Interesting to note: Forrest Gump opened in theaters today, July 6, 1994.  Tom Hanks starred, winning his second Oscar.  The movie received thirteen Academy Award nominations and took home six Oscars.  Find more about Forrest Gump at History.com

The book series, Food & Wine Cocktails, published yearly opens the proverbial cocktail menu box of chocolates so to speak.  This handy little book offers amazing cocktail drinks from bars and restaurants across the nation with little tidbits of trivia about each recipe or venue.  While the recipes below only feature chocolate cocktails, Food & Wine Cocktails bring all manner of drink recipes to the bar including classic cocktails, seasonal drinks, non-alcoholic mocktails, frozen drinks and even party food recipes. 

Babylon Sister

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, San Francisco

1 ounce Kirsch (Cherry Eau-de-Vie)

1/2 ounce Maraschino Liqueur

1/4 ounce White Crème de Cacao

1/2 ounce Heavy Cream

1/4 ounce Simple Syrup

3 Skewered Brandied Cherries

Lemon Wedge & Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Moisten half of outer rim of martini glass with lemon wedge.  Dip martini rim in unsweetened cocoa powder.  Set aside.  Place all liquid ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake to chill and blend thoroughly.  Strain into prepared martini glass.  Garnish with skewered brandied cherries.  Notation: Cocktail trivia for this particular recipe note that this cocktail name and ingredients were inspired by the Steely Dan tune “Babylon Sisters” which include the line “drink kirschwasser from a shell.” 

Mayan Mocha Martini

West End Tavern, Boulder, CO

1-1/2 ounces Blanco Tequila

1/2 ounce Coffee Liqueur

1/2 ounce Dark Crème de Cacao

3/4 ounce Half & Half

Pinch Ground Cinnamon & Cayenne Pepper

Place liquid ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake well to blend and chill completely.  Strain into chilled martini glass.  Garnish with pinch of each spice; cinnamon and cayenne pepper.

Butter Pecan

Poole’s Diner, Raleigh

1 cup Butter Pecan Ice Cream

1 ounce Bourbon

1/2 ounce Chocolate Syrup

1-1/2 teaspoons Milk

Pinch Malt Powder – optional

3 Candied Pecans – optional garnish

Place all ingredients except pecans in a blender.  Blend well.  Once thoroughly combined, pour into chilled highball glass.  Garnish with candied pecans

Evil Twin Martini

The Oakroom, Louisville

1/2 ounce Vodka

1/2 ounce White Chocolate Liqueur

1/2 ounce Dark Chocolate Liqueur

1/2 ounce Raspberry Liqueur

Raspberry Garnish

Place liquid ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake to blend and chill.  Strain into chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with fresh raspberry.

Pisco Alexander

La Duni Latin Café, Dallas

2 ounces Pisco

1/4 ounce Dark Crème de Cacao

1 ounce Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 ounce Evaporated Milk

1 ounce Heavy Cream

Cinnamon Stick Garnish

Place liquid ingredients in blender on pulse for thirty seconds.  Transfer liquid to cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake well to completely chill.  Strain into chilled martini glass.  Garnish with cinnamon stick.

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