Dark Sipping Chocolate with Bailey’s and Fresh Whipped Cream

As I made my way through the candy aisle, I was pleasantly surprised to find such high quality couverture amongst the boring usual chocolate choices of a super market. My excitement, however, was dulled by a subtle turn in my stomach. You see, when I was in culinary school, we spent a quarter working with chocolate and I hated it. At first, I couldn’t remember why, but once I began chopping said chocolate, the stark reality came crashing down…all over my kitchen, like broken glass. I found myself in a sea of chocolate bits, it was on my hands, on my feet, in my sink, all over my floor. You name it, there was chocolate on it. Now, there is a very slight possibility that my infant sized cutting board had a little something to do with the mess, but we’ll just chalk it up as a loss.

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After scraping my precious chocolatey chunks mostly onto the floor into the saucepan, I began melting it, and my huge mess of a kitchen was completely worth it.

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Now, I usually indulge in one…or three spiked hot chocolates when I’m falling on my face shredding fresh powder on the side of a mountain, but I haven’t yet made it to the slopes this year. So, I decided to make a much better version of the Swiss Miss and Popov-quality alcohol they sell at the lodges.

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I give you: Dark Sipping Chocolate with Bailey’s and fresh Whipped Cream. Be warned, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream.

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Tell me that doesn’t look like the epitome of Winter.

Dark Sipping Chocolate with Bailey’s and Fresh Whipped Cream

1 cup whole milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
8 oz dark couverture (chocolate) 70% or higher, chopped
1 1/2 tsp raw cane sugar
Bailey’s Irish Cream

Place chopped chocolate pieces into a large bowl.

Heat whole milk and 1 cup of heavy cream over medium/high heat, whisking occasionally, until it is simmering (there will be small bubbles around the edge of the sauce pan). Do not boil.

While heating milk/cream mixture, add the remaining heavy whipping cream to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whip attachment (or in a medium bowl with a hand held mixer), add sugar and whip on high 2-3 minutes, or until the cream is a stiff whipped cream.

When milk/cream mixture is simmering, remove from heat and pour over chocolate pieces. Let it sit for about 1 minute then whisk together, starting from the center and working your way out.

Pour a shot of Bailey’s into a mug, add a ladle of sipping chocolate and top with a dollop of fresh whipped cream. Enjoy!

Zombie Brain Shot

Thanks to the Tipsy Bartender on Facebook for this gruesome drink!

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ZOMBIE BRAIN SHOT
1 Part Peach Schnapps
1 Part Baileys Irish Cream
1 Part Jagermeister
Splash of Grenadine

Watch them make it on Youtube!

Mai Tai

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Recipe makes two drinks:

  1. 1 1/2 ounces of dark rum
  2. 3 ounces of light rum
  3. 1 ounce of Orange Curacao
  4. 1 ounce of fresh orange juice
  5. 2 ounces of fresh pineapple juice
  6. 1/2 ounce of fresh lime juice
  7. One dash of grenadine syrup

Garnish: Paper umbrella, maraschino cherries and a slice of pineapple.

Bloody Marys Were Made for Weekends

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Recipe for a pint:

  • 3 oz Vodka
  • 3 oz Tomato juice
  • 2 dashes Tabasco Sauce or Sriracha
  • 2 tsp Horseradish
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch Celery salt
  • 1 pinch Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 pinch Paprika
  • Celery salt
  • 1 Lemon wedge
  • 1 Lime wedge

Garnish: Add a Celery stalk, some Celery Salt on the rim and a lime wedge.

Pineapple Sangria

Pineapple Sangria

 

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Ingredients:

– 3 cups of pineapple juice

– 1 bottle of dry white wine, preferably chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, or pinot grigip.

– 1 cup of brandy (pear brandy or apricot brandy will also work)

– 1 ripe pineapple and cut into 1-inch chunks

– Add mint for garnish.

Kiwi Blueberry Mojito

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Kiwi Blueberry Mojito –

made with lime, fresh kiwis, blueberries, mint leaves, sparkling water and rum.

Garnish the glass rims with green or blue sugar. You can also use cookie or baking colored sprinkles.

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Pineapple Breeze Drink

Pineapple Breeze Drink – Perfect for Summer!

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