By The Lady
“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” Oh, how true this is. Although, if life really were like a box of chocolates, everything would be sweet, delicious and satisfying. We sometimes wish that we lived life through the lens of Forrest Gump, but to satisfy our cravings , we create cocktails.
Over the weekend, we decided we wanted to combine some of our favourite sweet liqueurs together to create a dessert-like cocktail. We were completely winging it with this one, but we are pleasantly surprised at the results! In lieu with our sweet, chocolate box theme, we decided to name the drink after the man who said it first. Forrest Gump. Clearly.
For the Forrest Gump, we used :
45 mL Le Birlou
15 mL Tuaca
Ice (for preparation only)
Coffee beans or grinds (optional, for decoration)
Fill a fancy cocktail glass with ice cubes so that your glass is super chilled. In a cocktail shaker, add all the liqueurs with the ice and shake it up! The cocktail should have lots of air and froth in it once you are done. Empty out the ice from your cocktail glass and strain your cocktail into the cocktail glass.
The Forrest Gump certainly lives up to its namesake. We didn’t know what to expect when we mixed these spirits together and we were quite surprised. The drink tasted like a rather delicious chocolate liqueur, the kind that you would steer your children away from, because of the alcohol and so you can keep it all yourself. We found this surprising given the use of coffee and apple flavoured liqueurs, but we guess the coffee from the Mr Black toned down the apple in the Le Birlou and instead enhanced the hazelnut notes to give it that sort of chocolate taste. Either way tt’s a little bit fancy and very much a dessert cocktail. The drink looks gorgeous, with a lovely caramel colour and that light and airy foam. You need to shake it a lot, but it is definitely worth it when you see and taste the results. There’s also no overwhelming alcohol flavour or sweetness to the drink, just a beautiful blend of nutty, chocolatey, vanilla flavours.
Life may be like a box of chocolates, but that means there are plenty of opportunities to find delicious and delightful surprises. The Forrest Gump is definitely one of those surprises. We here at the The Cocktail Challenge encourage you to surprise yourselves!