21 December 2007

Chocolate Cake Shooter

I took CowBoyCaleb out for dinner at ChangAn and I introduced this after-dinner drink. He loved it so much that he kept bugging me to blog about it for him to plug. So being the good friend (despite him rumour mongering me with Lexandria), here it is without further ado:

Recipe For Chocolate Cake Shooter

  • Half Peg (15 ml) of Frangelico *
  • Half Peg (15 ml) of Vodka **
  • Lemon Wedge (1/6 of a full lemon) ***
  • Coarse White Sugar ****
Mixing Directions
  1. Pour both half pegs of Frangelico and Vodka into shaker full of ice.
  2. Seal the shaker, shake then let it sit for a couple of minutes.
  3. In the mean time. 3 cuts into a lemon length-wise to get 6 wedges which you serve on a small serving tray.
  4. Coat the lemon wedges with coarse white sugar.
  5. Uncap the shaker and strain the concoction into a shot glass, leaving the ice behind.
Drinking Instructions
  1. Hold the shot glass in one hand and the white sugar-coated lemon wedge in the other hand.
  2. Shoot the shot glass in one down and take a bite of the sugar-coated lemon wedge. Quickly take it out and DO NOT suck that lemon as if you were doing Tequila Shots. This is a different drink altogether.
* Frangelico. Frangelico was an invention by the Italian Christian monks dated as far back as 300 years ago. It is a sweet liqueur derived from hazelnuts and herbs. the unique bottle packaging is that of a friar in his habit and the robe tied to the waist to serve as a belt. Apparently, given that this is not a very mainstream liqueur, locating it may be a tad tricky. According to AKK who has been scouring Singapore for this, I am glad to report that the bottle is available at the basement supermarket of Isetan Scotts. Perhaps AKK would be able to update us on more locations of its availability in the comments section?

** Vodka. Some recipes on the web call for the use of lemon-flavoured vodka e.g. Absolut Citron as the vodka mixer. I disagree on the grounds that natural lemon trumps artificial flavouring any place, any time. Hence, I strongly recommend plain regular vodka. You don't have to splurge on a premium brand like Grey Goose since the role of the vodka here is merely a supporting one. Your regular Smirnoff or Stolichnaya will do just fine.

*** 1/6 Lemon Wedge. This is just a trial-and-error experience on my part to share with everybody. A thin slice is not enough while anything bigger that a quarter wedge is just wasteful as you do not need that much lemon. Thus my special mention of quickly taking the lemon out as soon as you bite it so that you don't get too much lemon juice overpowering the shooter.

**** Coarse White Sugar. Coarse white sugar is usually available in our home kitchens but not at cocktail bars or commercial establishments. Reason being that sugar there are usually in packet form for coffee and tea. These are fine white sugar i.e. more finely grounded to allow the sugar to dissolve faster. The problem here is two-fold while not critical i.e. you still get the same taste after all, fine or coarse, they are still white sugar.

When you sprinkle fine white sugar on a succulent lemon wedge i.e. not dried up, you will realised that the sugar dissolves into the lemon very quickly and disappears. It is only normal response to want to add some more until you actually see the sugar sit on the lemon wedge, which by then, may inadvertently be too much already. Coarse sugar dissolves much slowly and as such is favoured for this particular reason.

What about coarse brown sugar? I don't have an answer to that as I have always stayed with white sugar. If anyone tried it, do drop a feedback to let us know in the comments section.

The other problem with too much sugar on a wet surface, you are going to get a very sticky mess on the table and fingers. So do be careful where you wipe that hand of yours!

AKK loved this drink so much that 1) she haiku-ed it, 2) evangelise this drink to every establishment that she had come across. I am happy to report that her efforts have not gone in vain for some of these places actually gave this shooter a permanent spot on their menus. One of them being the The Boulevard Bar at Red Dot Traffic ($72 for a dozen). If there is more, AKK will update us all in the comments section.

The funny thing about Frangelico is that while quite a number of establishments carry a bottle of it, none of them knows what to do with it. I have taught a few places namely The Clinic at Clarke Quay and Indochine Siem Reap at Holland Village. Problem with them is that they are not on the regular menu. You may have to teach them all over again and may be a tad pricey since this is off-the-menu (i.e. they also dunno how to price it).


Image Credit:, R0913R on Flickr

- Voxeros

1. Gary left...
Thursday, 20 December 2007 2:56 am
this is the first drink that you recommended and i will never ever forget about the overall first meet up with you..

2. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 20 December 2007 7:20 am :: 
Gary: Oh gawd, that sounded so sappy, dude! :( Too much K-Drama?

3. akk left...
Thursday, 20 December 2007 10:41 am
what recipe? 1part vodka and 1 part frangelico ok liao. shake ice dilute lah. in fact, the cold distracts from the taste, we found that out during a vodka party at my place, the vodka had been kept in the fridge.... if the vodka's good enough, it will taste like WARM choc cake at room temp

with regards to ur frangelico hunt, the places that doesnt have it are= Jason's, Liberty, CS, NTUC etc etc. not even duty-free or changi airport. happy hunting if isetan scotts also dun have.

As to siam reap indochine.....they just finished the bottle of Frangelico like...2 days ago...and somebody took the empty 'monk.

Shot glass dun so big hor, must be small enough to gulp in 1 swallow and yet bite the lemon. sad to say, the one at boulevard is slightly too big.

we also found out that after comparing the bestvodkas, smirnoff seems to be the best for choc cake.

4. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 20 December 2007 12:40 pm :: 
And a round of applause for AKK!!!

Thanks for the input, girl.

5. Eddy left...
Thursday, 20 December 2007 1:28 pm
sounds goood.. will try it this weekend at a wii party

6. JayWalk left...
Friday, 21 December 2007 7:24 am :: 
Eddy: And you were complaining about nothing to blog about? Well, here's something to get you back online!

7. barffie left...
Friday, 21 December 2007 2:06 pm
Jeffwee has been quite an evangelist also!!! he introduced the drink to the Skin lounge at Red Dot as well :D We tried ordering it in many places but they don't stock this elusive drink. DAMN YOU JAYWALKKKK. Anyways tried ordering it in Taipei 2 nights ago and they were rather lost as well :P

8. JayWalk left...
Friday, 21 December 2007 4:44 pm :: 
Barffie: Hope you have a great trip in Ta1pei! If it is any consolation, Frangelico is available in HK. I located it at Prince's Building (Central MTR Station) where there is an Oliver's Supermarket upstairs.

9. nadnut left...
Friday, 21 December 2007 5:42 pm ::
lets get some when you're here! havent had them in ages!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10. JayWalk left...
Friday, 21 December 2007 6:42 pm :: 
nadnut: Sure! Always welcome a nadnut orgasm!

11. Gary left...
Saturday, 22 December 2007 2:42 am
i bet this time round, this drink will be ordered more than the first time you intro to us..

12. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 22 December 2007 10:05 am :: 
Gary: I think the bartenders will hate me for this as there is quite a leceh cleaning up job because of all the sticky sugary mess.

BTW, the Outlaws jio you come out lim jiu when I am back. R3gular will be there.

13. Gary left...
Sunday, 23 December 2007 7:04 am
hong kang liao.. im prepared to have my liver checked..

14. JayWalk left...
Sunday, 23 December 2007 9:23 am :: 
Gary: Not need to checked lah. It will be gone by the time I am done with you. I think more apt for you to report police for loss of liver.

15. barffie left...
Monday, 24 December 2007 9:59 pm
Bwhahahahahaah I want I want!!!!

16. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 25 December 2007 10:35 am :: 
Barffie: You check Isetan Scotts first lah. Besides, I won't be heading to HK again until next year.

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