April 22, 2011
Happy Accident: Chocolate Cake Shot
Posted by OakMonster at 9:36 PM
Having just hit my scotch newbie wall (read: about half of the Glenlivet on the rocks), I was pondering what else to drink next.
I watched curiously as the blond bombshell bartender at the Green Girl Saloon in Westminster pour Frangelico Hazelnut liquor and vodka into a shaker. What is she making? That's gotta be something creamy and delicious. But I didn't see her put any milk or anything in that. She repeated the mix a few times. It must be shots she's making, I thought. Interesting...
Then the girl shook this carton--is that salt or sugar?--to get the clumpy granules loose, ended up breaking the bottom off the carton and poured it everywhere. The carton looked like sugar.
But then I saw her served the shots up to that corner of the bar. With a wedge of lemon each.
Hazelnut and lemon?! What the heck? Eew?
I let the mystery stewed until I got home. The research shows that somehow the combination of sugar, vodka, Franglico, and lemon makes a taste of chocolate. The Frangelico Chocolate Cake Shot, to be exact.
Same method as a tequila shot but change the ingredients: lick the sugar, take the shot of equal part vodka and Frangelico, suck the lemon.
I had to see for myself. While I don't have any lemons on hand, I have PLENTY of homemade Limoncello. As past cooking has proven, once in a while, I can use my homemade citrus liquor as a stand-in for lemon juice. Very sweet, very boozy lemon juice.
So here I went. Lick the sugar. Take the shot. Sip the Limoncello.
Hmm. Wait. I'm tasting chocolate. And then...Nutella?
HOLY SHIT IT'S A NUTELLA SHOT!
Who would've thought lemon and hazelnut liquor would put the chocolate taste in your mouth! The human taste buds never fail to amaze me.