Chocolates are yummy to nearly everyone!

Chocolate Cocktails

Chocolate is a favourite ingredient for many delicious treats and most love to enjoy it on its own as well! It is not uncommon for us to receive enquiries for chocolate flavoured drinks and it is something that we at Mixes From Mars enjoy working with!

Adding a little chocolate to a cocktail makes for a delicious, dessert-like drink. However, not all chocolate cocktails are sweet and frothy confections, although some most definitely are. With the right chocolate cocktail recipe, you’ll find there’s something for everyone.

1. Chocolate Old-Fashioned

An old-fashioned is a classic cocktail. This chocolate twist is lightly sweet and complex with the addition of chocolate bitters. The recipe makes one cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes chocolate bitters
  • 1 orange twist
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Splash of water
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Instructions

  1. Put the sugar cube in an old-fashioned glass. Add three to four dashes of the chocolate bitters and the orange twist.
  2. Muddle the ingredients in the glass until the sugar is crushed and the orange twist releases its oils.
  3. Add the bourbon and a splash of water. Stir. Add ice cubes to preference.
  4. Garnish with the cherry.

 

  1. Chocolate Mint Julep

The trick to a tasty mint julep is plenty of finely crushed ice. To make it, you can place ice in a zipper bag and whack it with a mallet until it is finely crushed. This chocolate twist on the Kentucky Derby classic makes one drink. It gets its chocolate flavour from chocolate mint.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  • 10 chocolate mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • Splash of club soda, plus soda to fill the glass, divided
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Crushed ice

Instructions

  1. In a julep cup (or a double Scotch glass or another 8-ounce short glass), muddle the sugar, mint, and a splash of the club soda.
  2. Gently stir in the bourbon.
  3. Add the crushed ice and remaining club soda to fill the glass. Stir gently again.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of chocolate mint.

If you’d like a version with even more chocolate, add a half ounce of white creme de cacao when you add the club soda and ice.

 

3. Chocolate Malt

If you ever had a chocolate malt with a burger, then you’ll love the nostalgia of this tasty cocktail. It uses delicious RumChata, a cream liqueur with rum. The recipe makes two drinks.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces RumChata
  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup milk or cream

Instructions

In a blender, combine all ingredients until well blended. Add additional milk to thin to the desired consistency.

 

4. Mexican Hot Chocolate

This isn’t your regular hot chocolate – unless you’ve always enjoyed yours spiked with some cayenne, a bit of cinnamon, and a nice shot of tequila. This warming drink will leave you wanting more. The recipe makes two drinks.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 12 ounces milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • Whipped cream

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the chocolate, milk, sugar, cinnamon, cayenne, and vanilla on medium-low heat, whisking constantly. Bring to a simmer.
  2. In two mugs, add an ounce of tequila each. Add the chocolate mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Serve topped with whipped cream and garnished with additional cinnamon sprinkles if desired.

 

5. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry

While no strawberries are actually covered with chocolate in the making of this drink, the flavour brings to mind this delectable combo. Of course, you can feel free to garnish with a chocolate-dipped strawberry if you’re feeling super fancy. The recipe makes one drink.

Ingredients

  • 1/2-ounce white creme de cacao
  • 1 1/2 ounces strawberry liqueur
  • 1-ounce heavy cream
  • Strawberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small glass, combine the creme de cacao, strawberry liqueur, and cream, stirring to mix well.
  2. Garnish with a strawberry.

 

Looking to have chocolate flavoured drinks at your next event? Do not hesitate to drop us an enquiry today!

Cocktail Workshop

Cocktail Workshops

Have you ever though about what goes on in our bartender’s head when they create a drink? Or wondered how liquors were created? Mixes from Mars has cocktail workshops for the inquisitive and the aspiring home bartenders. The workshop program was devised by Jo and Louis, bar managers for both Hopscotch and Mars Bar respectively. They decided it was a great idea after receiving many requests to teach their customers bartending. One of the workshops was held for a bachelorette party for one of our regulars. Let’s just say our memories that day were a bit hazy.

Workshop Content

Cocktail Workshop 2

Cocktail Workshop 2

The one issue they faced when planning a workshop was, “What do we teach?”. An experienced bartender takes years to learn the trade. It could range from flavor pairing to ice picking. Not to mention the basics of knowing your liquor and shaking or stirring techniques. After some trials, they settled on teaching the essentials.

  1. Types of Liquors

    Perhaps the most important detail of them all. It is required to know at least the base spirit of the cocktails. They are Vodka, Rum, Gin,  Tequila, Brandy, Bourbon and Whisky. Each of them gives the drink a different taste and character. Our bartenders will teach the students about the production methods for each of the liquor.

  2. Equipments

    During operations, we use different variations of tools for different drinks. The basic equipments like the shaker tins, bar spoons, strainers are introduced. The students are then taught how and why we use the different equipments. Depending on the cocktails that the students will be preparing that day, they might be introduced to other equipments we use.

  3. Shaking and Stirring

    Both methods seek to chill the drink but they introduce different depths to it. Shaking aerates the drink while adding more dilution, whereas stirring mildly dilutes hence it is used often for stronger drinks. This is taught to the students including shaking with egg white, if their cocktails require so.

  4. Components of a Cocktail

    Possibly one of the more interesting parts of the workshop. The students are given a glance in the minds of our bartenders when they create a cocktail. How do you make it balanced? How do you discern a customer’s palate and create a cocktail for them? They are taught about the sweet and sours that help to balance the cocktail. Sweet could also mean sweetened liqueurs or homemade syrups that we so often use for our events. For the sours, we like to emphasize fresh citrus as the taste is very different from the sweetened ones we find in supermarkets. Who knows, maybe one of the ingredients for the day will be fresh yuzu juice imported from Japan. Additionally students will get to play with bitters, which modifies and adds complexity to a cocktail.

After the lesson comes the practical part, where the students get to craft their cocktails, under the supervision of our bartenders. What’s left afterwards are the tasting of each other drinks and the networking. At the end of the cocktail workshop, students go back with more than just the knowledge to be their own home bartender. They will also go back after fostering stronger bonds with their colleagues or maybe meet a new friend or two at an open workshop. Cocktail workshops currently are popular among our corporate clients as it presents a networking opportunities not only with people in their companies but also with prospective partners. For more information regarding our cocktail workshop, do drop us an enquiry with our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. As always, have a good weekend ahead, cheers!