This Valentine’s Day, I’m falling in love all over again with my two favorite ingredients: alcohol and chocolate. Since Thirsty Thursday also happens to be Valentine’s Day, I’m boozing up a chocolatey dessert as well as my after-dinner drink.
Champagne is a must on Valentine’s Day, so I’m starting off the romance with Remixed Champagne Kirs. Fresh raspberries are marinated in vodka, sugar, Thai chiles, peppercorns and a vanilla bean. Once the flavors are infused, each champagne flute gets three plump, sweet-and-spicy raspberries before being topped with chilled champagne.
Now don’t get me wrong; simple chocolate-dipped strawberries are great and all, but nothing says Valentine’s Day like boozed-up, deep chocolate cakes. These dainty little heart-shaped morsels are perfumed with rum, filled with a light raspberry cream and glazed in a rich, pourable chocolate ganache. Enhance the presentation with edible rose buds and a blackberry coulis made with crème de cassis. These Valentine’s Day cakes are chocolatey, sophisticated and alcohol-infused.
And did I mention chocolate is an aphrodisiac? You’re welcome.
Bottoms up, folks.