At the end of a meal, the dessert menu might be on the table but dessert isn’t always on the cards. You look across at your dining partner and, knowing their tastes intimately, you know that they’re going to choose something rich and chocolaty. Deciding that all you’ll need for dessert is an extra spoon you flip the dessert menu over and peruse the dessert cocktail and liquor options on the other side.
As you’re reading through these the waiter returns and asks your dining partner what they’ll be having for dessert. Your ears perk as you hear them order the chocolate torte, served with a raspberry coulis. At the same time, you find yourself eyeing a cocktail named “Pick Me” which contains both dark chocolate and raspberry liqueur. As the waiter turns to you you spontaneously order a Pick Me and an extra spoon so you can have a mouthful of that dessert.
The dessert and the cocktail arrive almost simultaneously, you and your dining partner taste them side by side and agree that this is a match made in heaven. You sit back and delight in the perfect end to an exceptional meal.
- 0.5oz Chambord
- 0.5 oz Dark Creme de Cacao
- 1.5oz Hennessy
- 2oz Bomani
- Glass: Martini
- Garnish: Dark chocolate dipped rim
- Method: Stir all ingredients over ice. Strain into a garnished and chilled glass.
Why This Cocktail Works
This cocktail is soft on the mouth yet still decadent. The Bomani element counterbalances the body and sweetness of the other ingredients, but only enough to make this cocktail extremely drinkable. Chocolate and raspberry are a classic, high-class pairing, and the brandy provides an excellent backbone for all the other ingredients to dance around.
Where and When
This is a cocktail that can either take the place of a dessert or be served with one. If it is served with one it is preferable to pair it with something that contains either chocolate or raspberry, ideally both. This is a one-off indulgent drink and if you’re looking for just one cocktail to close out your meal you’ve found it here.