The cognac cocktail is not a new concept. Bartenders have been mixing cognac into drinks for almost two centuries. But a new twist on an old idea can liven things up. In this case, the Brandy Alexander is transformed into a boozy, chocolatey masterpiece with a kiss of spice.
What you’re going to love about this drink
This drink will remind you of a fancy chocolate bar that balances sweetness and spice. As far as cocktails go, it’s not too sweet. And the deep, earthy flavor of dark chocolate combined with cognac makes it sophisticated–not to mention aphrodisiac. In fact, it was the use of melted dark chocolate that drew me to this recipe right away.
One quick note for anyone afraid of spicy foods. The chile never overpowers but if you don’t like spice, you might want to stay away.
How to make it
This is a very straightforward drink to make. The only trick is making sure you have the right ingredients and equipment in advance.
You’ll need to get a bottle of chile liqueur. Ancho Reyes is made with ancho chiles, which are among the milder varieties of chiles. But that isn’t the only spiced ingredient in the drink. You’ll also need Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters. I love the bitters from Bittermens and this one in particular has such an interesting, complex flavor with chocolate, cinnamon and a proprietary blend of spices.
As you can tell from the unusual ingredients, this is a totally unique cocktail recipe!
In addition to the unusual ingredients, you’ll need cognac. (Since the recipe was created for Bisquit & Dubouché, they recommend their V.S.O.P.) You’ll also need a premium dark chocolate bar and whole milk. Do not use skim milk in this drink recipe. The fat in the whole milk gives the drink a creamy and satisfying texture.
Once your ingredients are assembled, you simply measure and shake. You will need a cocktail shaker to make this one. If you don’t already own one, I like this sturdy model made by OXO.
About the serving glass
The recipe originally called for a Nick and Nora glass. They are stemmed glasses with a shallow bowl that look sort of like short wine glasses. They’re beautiful glasses that give an old-time vibe to any drink. But if you’re like me and don’t have storage for that many different types of glasses, you can serve the drink in a martini glass.
Why this Cognac cocktail is right for date night
As I mentioned earlier, the drink features one of the world’s most renowned aphrodisiacs, chocolate. For that reason alone you may want to serve it to your sweetheart. (Don’t forget that dark chocolate makes my list of the 10 best foods for women’s sexual health.) But what you may not realize is that chile is also an aphrodisiac with a lot of potential for making your night more…well, spicy.
It’s a well-known fact that chile peppers raise your body temperature. This can help get you in the mood to tear off all your clothes. They also make your tongue tingle and can make your lips plump with kissable softness. Which is why a drink with chile just might be a great idea for date night.
But one thing that isn’t a great idea is overindulgence. Keep in mind that this cocktail is heavy on the booze. So you may want to stick with just one drink if an evening of romance is in your plans.
Spicy Chocolate Brandy Alexander
- 1 oz Bisquit & Dubouché V.S.O.P. (or your favorite cognac)
- .75 oz Ancho Reyes Liqueur
- .75 oz premium dark chocolate
- 1 oz whole milk
- 1 dash of Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters
- Shake & Strain
- Serve in a Nick and Nora glass with shaved or grated chocolate
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