Chocolate Martini and an Evening of Chocolaty Fun
If you want an event to get off to a great start you could do worse than a glass of Chocolate Martini to kick things off, especially when you are in the company of a group of chocoholics. Which, a few weeks ago, is exactly how my evening started.
Have you heard of Red Letter Days experience days and gifts? Until a short time ago these were something I knew existed but didn’t really think were for me. I always thought the activities you could gift were mainly high adrenaline – like a day at a racing track or flying. Now I know better. Take, for example, the Luxury Chocolate workshop with Bubbles, just one of many food and drink related activities. Now you’re talking my kind of language!
The guys at Red Letter Days kindly invited myself, along with a number of other bloggers to come and see what we thought. And boy we had some fun. Once we had all arrived, the evening kicked off with Melissa, our host and tutor for the night, teaching us how to decorate a martini glass with a little melted chocolate simply by drizzling it into the glass. It transformed the glasses making them look so pretty. Next, working in small teams, we were given all the ingredients we needed to mix our very own chocolate martini. Which we then promptly drank. Cheers!
Whether you are with a group of friends or, like me, meeting a group of people for the first time this is a great way to break the ice and get the event off to a great start.
We then proceeded to make our own giant, flavoured chocolate buttons. We were shown how to flavour the chocolate with a few drops of natural oils. I choose ginger, but there were other flavours to choose from. Flavours chosen, we set about making and decorating our discs. We were encouraged to be as imaginative as we liked with our shapes. One of the bloggers made a bear shape, and another one a leaf. I was less adventurous and went with a basic heart shape as our instructor showed us. It was simple and effective. Once shaped they were drizzled with contrasting chocolate to decorate and set aside to set.
This wasn’t all though, we went on to make some ganache for handmade truffles. The ganache was piped into small balls and allowed to harden while we cracked open the prosecco. Whilst we were enjoying the bubbly, Melissa went on to make us all a little more informed about chocolate production and how to taste chocolate and we got to taste some different chocolate too. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it.
With the ganache now a little firmer, we rolled them into balls and dipped them into melted chocolate. They were then diligently decorated with chocolate transfer, or various sprinkles supplied. Another glass of prosecco helping the proceedings along also meant things got a little messy and my pics less in focus!
Some more chocolate tasting and interesting facts later our truffles were ready to be wrapped in bags and tied with ribbon ready to take home.
Which sadly meant the fun packed evening was drawing to a close. I left with some chocolate goodies and some new friends. Which leaves me to say a big thank you to Red Letters Days for giving me the chance to enjoy this event. It was such fun and I would highly recommend it as a great way to spend a few hours with friends for a party, a birthday gift or just to treat yourself.
A few days later I made this easy version of a Chocolate Martini at home, so if you fancy getting a little taster, try it – it’s delicious!
- 25 g plain chocolate, melted (optional)
- 2 tbsp drinking chocolate
- 100 ml milk
- 50 ml double cream (heavy cream)
- 4 tbsp vodka
- 2 tbsp crème de cacao
- If you want to decorate your glass drizzle a little melted chocolate from a spoon onto the inside of the glass and allow to set
- Place the drinking chcolate in a small jug or bowl and slowly blend in the cold milk, mixing to a smooth paste with just a little milk before adding the remainder
- Stir in the cream
- Place some crushed ice into a cocktail shaker. Pour in the crème de cacao, vodka and chocolate milk.
- Shake well, then pour the cocktail mixture into the decorated glasses, leaving the ice behind. Serve immediately.
Red Letters Days invited me to this event for free. As always, all opinions are my own.