Russell Stover and the Whitman’s sampler are a major source of inspiration for bartenders at this time of year. Thanks to their cleverness and creativity, you can enjoy a heart-shaped box brimming with bonbons in liquid form. Here are eight chocolate cocktails to help you have a sweet Valentine’s Day.
Jackie Brown at La Moderna, Miami Beach, Florida
Garnishes don’t come cuter than this. A small side basket is filled with chocolate covered espresso beans. They’re the perfect complement to the caffeinated cocktail featuring white tequila, espresso liqueur, and spice syrup. Make a reservation at La Moderna.
Lost in Decadence at Bourbon Steak, Washington, D.C.
Filed under the “A Sweet for a Sweet” section of the menu, this confectionary cocktail will delight candy crushers. A chocolaty blend of vodka, fudge, and coffee liqueur comes capped with a cloud of white chocolate espuma and a sprinkling of chocolate and cherry powder. There is no such thing as a guaranteed aphrodisiac, but this comes close. Make a reservation at Bourbon Steak.
Cocoa Smoke at LondonHouse, Tri-Level Rooftop, Chicago, Illinois
Finely balancing sweet and spicy components is an art. This mix of mescal, Averno Amaro, chile liqueur, and simple syrup pulls it off. Curls of dark chocolate float in its ruby depths, adding bittersweet bursts. Make a reservation at LondonHouse.
Chocolate Milk Punch at Waypoint, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Clearly, this is a translucent drink. (See what we did there?) However, the silver rum and green chartreuse powered cocktail evokes the flavor of chocolate milk thanks to the inclusion of cocoa powder and crème de cacao. Make a reservation at Waypoint.
Poor Soil & Low Temps at Filini, Chicago, Illinois
Tropical notes dance amidst the chocolatey tones of this tipple. Pineapple shrub and lemon juice add a beachside sensibility, which found a counterpoint in the cacao nib infused sweet vermouth and chocolate bitters. Rye forms the bracing backbone. Make a reservation at Filini.