Chocolate Vodka Is Versatile

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I'm not a vodka drinker per se. But I do love chocolate. So the very idea of chocolate-infused vodka had me feeling quite conflicted ... But it turns out the luscious libation is pretty versatile and very delicious.

Godiva Vodka hosted a luncheon earlier this week at the Standard Grill in New York City as part of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. The delicious four-course meal also featured fabulous drinks made with the sweet and rich vodka ... I was skeptical. After all, I was about to eat salmon and asparagus -- it just didn't seem right. Ordinarily, I'd order a glass of crisp white wine and call it a delightful match. But, chocolate vodka, fish, and veggies just don't sound like a tasty trio.

Happily, after a sip and a nibble, I learned that you can pair Godiva Vodka with savory foods. It's subtly sweet and incredibly good. Here are two of my favorite recipes from the event... Enjoy!

The Ginger Snap

Ingredients:
1/2 ounce Godiva Chocolate Vodka
1 ounce Amaro liqueur
2 ounces ginger beer
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce honey
Candied ginger for garnish

Preparation:
Combine Godiva Chocolate Vodka, Amaro liqueur, lime juice, and honey into a cocktail shaker.

Shake well and strain into a rocks glass.Top with ginger beer.

Garnish with candied ginger.

Espresso Martini

Ingredients:
1 ounce Godiva Chocolate Vodka
1/2 ounce Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1/2 ounce espresso
1/2 ounce strawberry puree
Pinch fresh vanilla
3 cofee beans for garnish

Preparation:
Combine Godiva Chocolate Vodka, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, espresso, strawberry puree, and fresh vanilla into a cocktail shaker.

Shake well and strain into a martini glass.

Garnish with coffee beans.