Like many people, I can’t help by associate chocolate, with love. Maybe it’s because one of the first boys I ever loved, showed his intentions by giving me Godiva chocolates in a Limoges candy box. In any case, many people think of chocolate as a romantic food, and perhaps, a bona–fide aphrodisiac (scroll down for the “tech stuff”).
Tip the voluptuously curved bottle with slender neck , and out spills a velvety looking liqueur that tastes creamy and redolant with chocolate. This is an adult chocolate, not a child’s. It’s sweet, but not overly so. Godiva Liqueur is a mixture of Madagascar vanilla, espresso from Arabica coffee beans, exquisite caramel or velvety cream. The thing I like so much about Godiva Liqueur is that it is quite creamy so it’s great “as-is,” for an after dinner drink, but when you mix it with other liqueurs, it becomes the adult version of the milk-and-mocha or milk-and-chocolate drinks you loved as a child You won’t taste the alcohol, but it is in there, so don’t offer “seconds” on this “Lady Godiva” recipe below, unless you are sure you want to feel the effects!
I meant to offer the “Lady Godiva” drink recipe to you for Valentine’s Day, but then Fashion Week had me in it’s grip and I didn’t manage to post this. So I’m offering it to you as a post-Valentine’s Day treat. Godiva Liqueur is one of the stars in this drink and there is no real substitute. If your V-day brought you enhanced romance, share this drink with your special someone, and make the moment, wonderful. If your V-day didn’t bring you the romance you wanted, perhaps sharing this drink will do the trick. No matter what the circumstances, it’s a delicious treat that will make the recipient fall in love…if not with the person who made it, at least with the drink!
Ingredients matter. In this drink, rum partners with Godiva Chocolate Liqueur. You don’t taste the rum as much as you sense it in the drink. so you need a smooth, premium rum like the Zacapa 23 rum I used. Zacapa is made in Guatemala, aged between 6 and 23 years. It’s super-smooth and almost caramel-y, made from first-crushed sugarcane (many rums are distilled from molasses). This rum actually rests in several different casks before it is bottled to get its’ unique flavor. As a result, it’s redolent with different notes of vanilla, almond, woods, spice and chocolate. It is really delicious sipped on the rock, by itself, too. At $45.00 for 750 ml. you will probably only want to use if for mixing when it is for very special friends. The recipe below calls for one once per drink.
1. Combine Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Zacapa Rum, organic chocolate syrup, and simple syrup and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake well.
3. Garnish with flamed orange peel.
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