Today three special event/holidays come together, and they can be celebrated--toasted-- with three amazing chocolate cocktails.
First, today's Cinco de Mayo, commemorating the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla
in 1862. Make a Buttermilk Mexican Chocolate Chile Bundt Cake or three different Mexican Truffles including one made with Tequila--or mix up a Mexican Chocolate Martini adapted from Rachael Ray. (recipe below)
Second, today is the running of the 138th Kentucky Derby. You can make Kentucky Derby Truffles or Kentucky Derby Pie or mix up a Kentucky Derby Pie Martini.
Third, tonight is a Full Moon, but not any full moon, it's a Super Moon. This is when the moon is 14% bigger and 30% brighter than any other moons this year because the moon on the perigee side of its orbit is about 31, 000 miles closer to Earth than the apogee side. Should make for some great photography. Have some Full Moon Chocolate Cake and toast this celestial moment at 11:34 p.m. with a Chocolate Full Moon Cocktail.
Mexican Chocolate Martini
Chocolate Chipotle Powder, recipe follows
1-1/2 ounces dark chocolate liqueur
1-1/2 ounces chocolate vodka
1-1/2 ounces tequila (100 percent agave reposado)
1-1/2 coffee Kahlua
Chocolate Chipotle Powder
2 Tbsp high quality DARK cocoa powder
1 Tbsp ground chipotle (dried, smoked jalapenos)
1 tablespoon ground pepitas (toasted pumpkin seeds)
1 tsp cinnamon
Fold ingredients together slowly and carefully so as not to knock the powder into air as chipotle powder can burn nose and eyes
Spread Chocolate Chipotle Powder on large plate.
2 (8-ounce) martini glasses by rolling edge of each glass on clean wet
sponge, then rolling the edge over the powder. Tap the glass gently to
knock off the extra powder.
Pour rest of ingredients into
cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until outside of shaker is
frosty. Strain immediately into glasses and serve.
Kentucky Derby Pie Martini
1 ounce Kentucky Bourbon
1 ounce Dark Creme de Cacao
1 ounce Frangelico
1/2 cup crushed Candied Pecans
Rim Martini glass in Frangelico and then crushed candied pecans.
Chill glass in freezer.
Pour Kentucky Bourbon, Creme de Cacao and Frangelico into martini shaker with ice and shake.
Pour into chilled glass.
Chocolate Full Moon Cocktail
1 ounce Cream
1/2 ounce Creme de Cacao
2 ounces Silver Tequila
1/2 ounce Dark Creme de Cacoa
Rim glass with chocolate sugar, cocoa powder or chocolate shavings.
Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
Strain into cocktail glass.