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Great chocolate cocktails to celebrate Chocolate Week

To celebrate Chocolate Week we've searched for some of the most delicious chocolate cocktails throughout Scotland.

Published: October 12, 2016
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These sweet tipples are devilishly moreish and all use chocolate in an imaginative way.

Edinburgh

The Blackbird - Dial M for Murder

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Home of one of the best beer gardens in Edinburgh, The Blackbird has a cocktail list full of contemporary classics.

Whilst sipping tipples in the sunshine might be a pipe dream until next spring, the bar team at The Blackbird have created a lethal concoction to see you through the long cold nights.

Dial M for Murder is an espresso martini that will give you a sweet but loving smack on the lips, caressing you with its delightful flavours.

Ingredients:

• 25ml Vodka
• 12.5ml Coffee Tequila
• 12.5ml Coffee Liquer
• Shot of Espresso
• 5ml Maple Syrup
• Dash Chocolate Bitters

Method:

Shake all ingredients together hard for 30 seconds, then double strain into a chilled glass.  Use larger cubed ice to avoid dilution.

Glasgow

DistillExodus

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Distill has the largest rum selection in Scotland and creates some exceptional seasonal cocktails with inimitable imagination.

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A Rum N’ Raisin Old Fashioned might well be worth checking out, but for Chocolate Week the cocktail choice has to be the Exodus.

Distill describe it as "a Godly sipper with Jamaican rum spice and the smooth embrace of sherry and chocolate bitters – liquid velvet".

Ingredients:

• 37.5ml Jamaican Rum
• 12.5ml Sherry
• Dash Chocolate Bitters

Method:

Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass, then strain into a chilled serving glass and garnish with orange zest.

Aberdeen

Ninety Nine - Keeper of the Jackalopes

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Ninety Nine in Aberdeen based their cocktail list on the world of literature with their chocolate addition inspired by a tale of raw survival.

Keeper of the Jackalopes is as mythical as its inspiration with a marriage of coffee and mint chocolate tea syrup.

Ninety Nine say it is "the perfect mix to tuck up and enjoy a good book with".

Ingredients:

• 25ml Havana Especial
• 25ml Kahlua
• 25ml Mint Chocolate Rooibos and Peppermint tea
• Gomme
• 5ml Mozart Dark Chocolate Liquor
• 25 ml Espresso
• 25 ml Soy Milk

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Method:

Shake all ingredients, then strain and serve in a chilled Catalina glass over cubed ice, add nutmeg, a coffee bean and mint sprig to garnish.

Dundee (well Broughty Ferry)

Bruach - White Chocolate Martini

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Not quite in Dundee, but Broughty Ferry, Bruach is a gorgeous little Bar and Restaurant that serves up a menu of Scotland’s finest ingredients.

The White Chocolate Martini is a heated affair of passion and vanilla, awoken with grapefruit. It’s described as "fresh, exciting, and above all tasty".

Ingredients:

• 40ml Vanilla vodka (1.5 shots)
• 20ml Creme de Cacao (Blanc) (white chocolate syrup will substitute)
• 25ml fresh grapefruit juice
• 20ml Passionfruit puree
• 15ml Vanilla syrup

Method:

Shake all ingredients, then double strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with grapefruit twist or white choc shavings.

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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