Thursday, February 13, 2014

Cocktail Wednesday

Beck suggested two cocktails this week, both with a Disney theme (Watch Sister of Pyjamas get all excited. She's going to Disney World in Florida in a mere three months and if she thinks they have actual dedicated Disney cocktails she'll just about pee her pants) One of the cocktails had amaretto in it , which I'm all for giving a big miss since it would prove fatal due to my deathly allergy to nuts but the other one had chocolate liqueur as an ingredient so I was pretty much on that like a seagull on a chip. 


So after work last night I went in search of Pomegranate Juice. And Chocolate Vodka. Which is kind of shocking really because with this kind of a booze stash you'd think I'd have just about everything. 


I had my doubts about finding Pomegranate Juice but lo and behold I found it at my local grocery store. Can you guess how many times Ive ever had the urge to drink pomegranate juice before? What I will tell you is that when I opened it up and took a sniff I thought it was unlikely I'd be tripping off to the shops to buy it again any time soon. 

Second Stop- Dan Murphys, completely confident that chocolate vodka would be a snap to find. Obviously chocolate vodka is another ingredient unheard of in Australia.  I figured why waste the trip ....buy some more alcohol. 


Not to be beaten by a living in an apparently chocolate vodka-less country  I decided to infuse my own.  I hedged my bets and did it two different ways. Chocolate syrup and vodka and actual chocolate and vodka. 



During this process I actually spilled some precious vodka on my counter top and totally resisted the urge to suck it up with straw(so proud of myself)...but mopping it up with a sponge hurt a teeny tiny bit. I wouldn't cry over spilt milk but vodka is a horse of an entirely different colour. 



You know the old adage "You learn something new every day"? Last night I learned that Chocolate Liqueur and Dark Creme De Cacao are not in fact, the same thing. And I had one of them but not the one I needed. At that point I gave up and called it a night. It was 400 degrees in the shade here yesterday and I just didn't want to go back out to DM's and get the chocolate liqueur. And I didn't want the staff at Dan Murphy's looking at me like I was only there two hours ago and had probably drunk the three bottles I'd already brought home.

At 8.20pm, I rallied, decided I'm not a quitter and went back to Dan's. And yes I changed my top and scuttled in wearing glasses (and a false nose) hoping I wasn't recognised from my earlier trip. 


I had to wing the measurements and make up my own. I went with 45mls (1.5 oz) of chocolate infused vodka, 30 mls of chocolate liqueur (1 oz) and a pomegranate top up. I want to know why you Americans make it hard by sticking with imperial measurements - Do you just like being different? I'm genuinely curious.

Styling this week provided by the addition of a white kit kat chaser and some artfully scattered chocolate covered sultanas...


Proportionally speaking, I think I got this one woefully incorrect. I never thought I'd type this sentence -but it was way too chocolatey with a bitter back taste from the pomegranate juice. I'm not convinced it would be any better with more juice either.

To get the taste out of my mouth I followed up with a Southern Comfort chaser and because I'm currently hormonal (which always makes me the Cadbury Kid) this put me to sleep quite nicely on the lounge until 5 am this morning....


So this one wasn't  a fave for me, but you live and learn right?



P.S. Does anyone want 440 mls ( 0.774 pints) of leftover pomegranate juice?

20 comments:

P. said...

Ugh, pomegranate juice, ~hork~. We've gone a little nutsy-cuckoo for pomegranate juice here in the last decade. I gave it several tries to like it but I just don't get it. Sorry this one wasn't more tasty. The chocolate looks good though.

Waft some of that intense heat this way, would you? We could use a little meltdown.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

And how do I keep up with the days of the week......hmmmm....liquor bottles all over your blog....giggle.

I don't need to camel to tell me it's hump day.

Canadian Abroad said...

Sorry, sounds absolutely revolting, whether Disney-fied or not. I'll have my chocolate and booze in separate servings here, thanks.

Terri said...

Here they try to get you to buy chocolate covered pomegranate candy at Costco. Yuck. If I want chocolate, I eat chocolate. If I want pomegranate...
(Your drink was named the Evil Step-mother... that should have told you how it would taste. Don't try anything called the Dirty Sock.)
Hugs

Rachaeldaisy said...

The things you do for a cocktail!! This one certainly sounds crazy! I like your styling, the kitchen sink adds sparkle.

Sue SA said...

No thanks think I will pass. Hoping that noise I hear on my roof is rain and the cool change. I am very disappointed you cannot buy chocolate vodka and think you should skype an winter olympic athlete to ask if they could pick you up some while in Russia! I am interested in the kit kat though!

Jennifer said...

Thanks, but no thanks.......you could chuck it in the punch next time you entertain, get rid of it that way....if you add enough bubbly no one will know what else in in there!

the running hare said...

Oh no! More chocolate flavoured alcohol. Not for me I'm afraid. We could do with some of your heat here. Currently experiencing gale force winds and drowning in floods.

Leanne said...

One thing you are NOT is a quitter. Pomegranate has become very fashionable of late however I will pass on your offer.

Mistea said...

I would have thought that name might just have been a warning!
Sounds positively Evil.
Enjoy your chocolate, without the pomegranate juice.

SoozeM said...

Hahaha OK so I won't rush out and buy pomegranate juice then :) How could Uncle Dans not have chocolate vodka? I mean, really!!

They do have this on their website - Ambra Chocolatino 500mL - which sounds really really yummy, and this which has got to be really close to chocolate vodka - Vodka Cruiser Mudshake Chocolate 270mL....

Hubby is going to China in a few weeks, last time he brought me back Orange Truffle Baileys (and perfume, but I was too excited about the Orange Truffle Baileys to really notice the perfume...), maybe I should put in an order for duty free Chocolate Vodka :)

Katy Cameron said...

I love pomegranate juice. I love vodka. I love chocolate. Together?! Boak.

I think you can get chocolate voddie in the supermarket here. We're not one of those countries that makes you only go to a booze shop for a fix ;o)

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

You are a cocktail warrior. I would have poured a glass of wine and called it a day a longggg time ago. Americans strive to be different because Australians make it look so sexy.

Kate said...

I have to agree the name maybe should have been seen as a big clue. I admire your dedication to producing an accurate experience to share with us. If we can ever convince Grumpy (more commonly known as My Guy) to let us go to Disney, I will definitely steer clear of this one.

(Did you ask Beck if she'd ever had one of those?)

Amanda said...

That all looked way to hard. I'll give it a miss too :)

Beth Karese said...

Once upon a time a lady had a tough day at work. When she finally left after the too-long-day she looked on 9 floors before finding her car (& the ramp was mostly empty & has only 5 (!) floors). At 4:00 am after a restless night, she wandered across a cocktail maiden's story in blogland that made her laugh out loud... more than once. Love the writing, love the story... and it was the thing I needed tonight. I shall now nod off & dream of future cocktail journeys.

Karen said...

I truly admire your seemingly unending dedication to this series. You should open up an account at the liquor store and get them to discount for the free advertising :)

Kirsten's Cooking said...

This does sound pretty weird. Pomegranate martins are much better, in my limited opinion.

I do love the artful presentation, though. I still think you should approach Dan Murphy's as a blog sponsor!

Elizabeth said...

Maybe that's why it's called "The Wicked Step-Mother?"

xo -E

Marg said...

Not touching this one.