Friday, 14 November 2014

Friday Cocktail: Chilli Chocolate Chai Martini


Hey, guess what?! It's FRIDAY AGAIN! Hooray!

Yes, thank God, my favourite day of the week has rocked up again and I've got just enough energy left to shake up a cocktail to ease myself into the weekend.

This week, that November chill has really descended, and it's been a bit bloody miserable, hasn't it?
So I want to inject a little fire and spice into my evening.

Inspired by Jo's post last week about fiery spirits, I gave her recipe for chilli vodka a try, and BOY does it pack a punch! I only infused mine for 3 hours and it was just bearable for me (in case you're wondering, I'm a mild to medium curry girl) so I'd recommend doing it for just an hour or two if you want a lower spice level. But in a cocktail like this, the extra spice really made it special.

I'm also a bit obsessed with chai tea ever since I reviewed Higher Living teas, so I've blended the two together, and just added a hint of chocolate and lime to make it extra flavourful.

The result is a dry, smooth, spicy and exotic flavoured cocktail with plenty of oomph. It's a real sipper so you'll probably only need one.
If you prefer your cocktails just slightly sweeter, add 5-10ml of simple syrup.


Chilli Chocolate Chai Martini recipe (serves one - multiply as necessary)

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 25ml shots chilli infused vodka
  • 1.5 25ml shots creme de cacao
  • 3 25ml shots chai tea
  • Two healthy squeezes (roughly 15ml) lime juice

Shake it!

1. Make your chai tea in the normal way (it needs boiling water to bring out all the flavours - leave the bag to steep for 3-5 minutes) and then leave to cool. Pop it in the fridge if you're as impatient as me.

2. In a cocktail shaker (or jam jar/jug, whatever you have to hand) combine the vodka, creme de cacao and lime juice over plenty of ice. Add the chai tea to taste (you might prefer one shot more or less depending on how boozy you like your cocktail) and give it all a good shake for 5 seconds.

3. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a chilli.

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