As I write this post, it is approaching 7.30pm and looking out of the window it is already pitch black. How the summer (or what summer we had) – has disappeared so quickly! Doesn’t it feel like the season of hot chocolate is firmly upon us?
Earlier this evening, I popped into The Botanist to try out their Hotel Chocolat ‘Choctails’ for Chocolate Week, which is happening from 8th October until 14th October 2012. If you’re a hot chocolate fiend or if you enjoy the boozey yet comforting delights of an Irish Coffee, then you might be interested in what this offering has in store for you.
The first ‘choctail’ I tried was the non-alcoholic Ultimate Hotel Chocolat, which is made from strong fresh mint tea, hazelnut syrup and caramel liquid chocolate.
If you love mint or even better mint and chocolate together, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this. I also loved the attention to detail: love hearts!
The next choctail I tried was the Nutty Divine, which is made of classic dark chocolate, hazlenut syrup, crème de cacao and a healthy measure of Jamaican rum – topped with cream and almond flakes.
The Naughty But Spice involved a blending of Aztec Chilli Chocolate with Chairman Spiced Reserve, topped with fresh rosemary.
The Chocolate Orange Melt included dark liquid chocolate with Cointreau liqueur and white crème de cacao, …
… which is garnished with a cream float and orange zest sprinkles.
If I had to choose my favourite out of these four, I think I would struggle because each choctail suits a particular mood: the minty hot chocolate would be perfect for a time-out daytime indulgence – or even a breakfast treat before work.
I would order the Chocolate Orange Melt instead of dessert, because most times I prefer a cocktail instead of pudding. As for the Naughty But Spice and the Nutty Divine, they would be an ideal excuse to escape from the cold. Imagine being in the mood for an amaretto, rum on the rocks or an Irish Coffee. Well, consider these drinks as other options.
I have to admit, autumn is probably my favourite season. I love it when the day is crisp and the sky is blue. I love cosying up on the sofa with a glass of red wine and I love drinking hot chocolate. So needless to say, this evening has very much started to make me think of what else there is to come: Halloween and Guy Fawkes night. But first, let’s not forget about Chocolate Week. Win!
*UPDATE: If you are Dairy Intolerant, you can ask for soya milk to be used in your hot chocolate.*