Amer A. Vargas Mixology Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, April 2021, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Amer A. VargasLet’s Talk about Mixology

by Amer A. Vargas


With Easter round the corner, why not have fun with some chocolaty concoction? On this occasion we take a look at, and a sip of, the Creme Egg Cocktail.

The recipe for this month is based on the suggestions made by  cocktail expert Simon Difford from the famous Difford’s Guide.

And as I mentioned above, chocolate will be present in this cocktail, together with other ingredients that will delight the palates of those who enjoy sweet and sugary drinks.

Also bear in mind that this recipe involves flavoring your vodka with vanilla, a process that must be completed at least two days (preferably a week) in advance of consumption, to ensure you get the best flavors and aromas out of a vanilla pod. To achieve this, simply cut a vanilla pod lengthways to expose the seeds and drop the whole pod into your vodka bottle, seeds and all. Then reseal the bottle but remember to shake it several times a day for the next few days (until done).

Here is the full list of ingredients you will need to make this Creme Egg Cocktail:

  • Chocolate to garnish the glass
  • 45 ml./ 1½ oz. of vanilla-flavored vodka
  • 15 ml./ ½ oz. “Licor 43” liqueur
  • 15 ml./ ½ oz. White Crème de Cacao
  • 15 ml./ ½ oz. Advocaat liqueur
  • 15 ml./ ½ oz. Single cream or half-and-half

This cocktail should be served in a coupe glass, as shown in the picture to the side.

Before you mix the ingredients, melt some chocolate and coat the rim of the glass.

Then add all the liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake firmly for eight to ten seconds. Finally, strain the mix into the chocolate-rimmed coupe glass.

You can finish by garnishing with grated chocolate and even make a chocolate Creme Egg, that is, cut open a small, hollow chocolate egg and fill it with a little cream to represent the egg white and a dash of Advocaat  liqueur to make a pretend yolk. The whole presentation should look as depicted here.

Happy Easter… Cheers!

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