Earlier this year, we invited a few people over to serve a dual purpose: to celebrate Chris’ birthday, and to get rid of booze we’ve had for a long time. Here’s the problem with a “help us get rid of our booze” party: you always wind up with more. In our case, we wound up gaining about 10 additional bottles. Those additions were not Bacardi or Cuervo; they were 10 amazing bottles of sweet German wines, Estate rums, and tasty liquors. This makes our dear friends slightly evil, but being the hedonistic heathens we are, evil is a prerequisite for awesome.
Amongst the 10 bottles of liquory goodness, we received two things we never heard of before – a bottle of Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka and a bottle of Chocovine. To get this out of the way right off the bat – Whipped Cream Vodka? Yes. Oh, hell yes. It is as good as it sounds, and is known to turn the driest of people into frothing-mouth gluttons after the first sip. It is that good, and after you have it, you will be finding excuses to put it in everything. Our awesome/evil friends recommended making a martini combining the Whipped Cream Vodka and Chocovine.
Looking at the ingredients and description for Chocovine, it doesn’t sound like it would make for a great cocktail drink – it contains Cabernet, Cream, and “artificial flavors.” The artificial flavors suggest to me that they don’t use real chocolate, which makes me really sad for the three seconds before I drink it all. Surprisingly, you don’t taste the wine at all. It basically tastes like spiked chocolate milk, but that is a good thing, isn’t it?
Per our friends’ suggestion, we made Chocotinis – 3 parts Chocovine and 1 part Whipped Cream Vodka. This was exciting for me, if for no other reason than to use my pretty Mikasa martini glasses which haven’t seen the light of day since the unfortunate mid-2000s Appletini craze. Now, I have had Chocolate Martinis before – usually they contained chocolate liquors and girly Hershey-kissed rims. These concoctions are usually like chocolate-flavored lighter fluid that singe your nose and ear hairs. Chocovine martinis on the other hand, are like drinking dew off the wings of an angel while you’re receiving a lomi-lomi massage from James Marsden as he sings to you.
Hmmm. What was I saying? Oh yes. Booze.
The calorie content in Chocovine is rather high due to the cream, but Chris and I couldn’t resist having a drink every night after dinner until the last drop was sucked out of the bottle. We were both sad and relieved when the last of the Chocovine was gone. For a few weeks, we passed on buying more, knowing cream and rich alcohol don’t exactly fit into a regular part of our diet.
While at Cost Plus World Market, I strolled through their wine section and happened upon their large, beautiful display of Chocovine. They had the regular kind, a Raspberry Chocolate flavor, and… oh no. Espresso. I stared at the bottles. The classic angel vs. devil battle ensued in my mind:
Angel: The diet. Think of the diet.
Devil: Think of the delicious smooth nectar of chocolate rushing over your palate. And espresso.
Angel: Think of the food pyramid; where does this fit on it?
Devil: Whatever. We both know your food pyramid resembles a martini glass. Just don’t have it every night. Have it as a sometimes snack.
Angel: True… true…
As I stared at the display, good and evil battling it out in my mind, at least two people came up to me. “Have you tried that? OhmiGOD is it good!”
I caved in and grabbed a bottle of the regular (for Chris) and a bottle of the Espresso for me. After a long day at work, I made an Espresso Chocotini for myself and savored it sip by sip. Rich and chocolaty with subtle coffee tones, it makes for the perfect drink to have after a rough day at the office. Or after your kids have been difficult. Or for breakfast, or even as a little pick-me-up to carry in your garter in a little flask (just kidding – seriously. It has cream; you don’t want that evil on you after a 120 degree day in Arizona. Plus, little hidden flasks kind of make you an alcoholic, unless they are super chic and cute, of course). At any rate, whatever reason you give yourself for drinking Chocovine, it is a worthy reason. Chill it, drink it, enjoy it, and thank me later.