Next time you go out to dinner and contemplate on of the rich, delicious desserts that although so good, are so bad for you, consider a liquid dessert instead. What this refers to is commonly known as an after dinner cocktail.
Bartenders refer to these ad "froufrou" drinks and bar snobs who only drink ten-year-old Scotch may sneer, but they don't know what they're missing! Dessert cocktails are a delicious alternative to heavy, fat and calorie-laden desserts and appeal to your sweet tooth just as much.
There are dozen's of options in liquid desserts. A typical gin or vodka martini doesn't compare to a chocolate or strawberry one after dinner. This way you get your dessert and after-dinner drink all at once. Women are more likely to indulge in liquid desserts, but men aren't opposed to them, either. Well, unless they are out with "the boys". When men do indulge in one, their choices are a little different. They will go for something like a Spanish Coffee - a flamed, alcohol-laced drink that is making a comeback - or an Nutty Irishman, a 50-50 mix of Frangelico hazelnut liqueur and Bailey's Irish Creme, served on the rocks or stirred into coffee.
Ordering a dessert cocktail is also a smarter way to drink - providing you don't over-indulge, of course. The cocktails are more satisfying and filling. One or two should be enough to satisfy.
One does have to be careful though, because the sweetness of the drinks can mask the alcohol making it easy to forget what is in it. In some of these tasty, smooth drinks you cannot even taste any alcohol, so do limit yourself lest you wake up with a nasty headache and an angry stomach. You want to avoid that!
As mentioned earlier, there are many options to choose from in liquid desserts. Chocolate is a very popular choice, especially with women. Flavored vodkas are also amongst the most often ordered after dinner cocktails. Two of the most popular flavored Vodka drinks are Vanilla and diet coke and Raspberry and 7-up.
Having a nice dinner at home? You can still choose a liquid dessert. Following are some recipes for some of the more popular after dinner "dessert" cocktails.
As you can see by the nutrition analysis, most cocktails aren't exactly low calorie, but considering the caloric content of a rich, heavy dessert, you're better off. Everyone needs to indulge from time to time and these are fun alternatives.
Dessert Cocktail Recipes
1 cup fresh raspberries, cleaned
4 ounces gin
8 ounces full-bodied white wine
4 ounces kirsch
Chill two wineglasses. In small glass bowl, combine raspberries and gin. Marinate one hour. In blender half full of ice cubes, combine raspberry-gin mixture, white wine and kirsch. Blend at high-speed 30 seconds. Strain mixture into glasses. Yield: 2 cocktails.
Note: For non-alcoholic version, pour one-ounce raspberry syrup into glass. Fill to top with soda water. Stir gently. Garnish with three fresh raspberries.
Per serving: Calories: 449; Carbohydrates: 33g; Protein: 1g; Total Fat: 9g; Cholesterol: 9mg; Fiber: 4g; Sodium: 10mg
Mocha Liqueur Cocktail
2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
1 cup milk (or 2 percent to reduce fat)
1 cup strong hot coffee
4 tablespoons brandy (divided)
Whipped cream (optional)
1 tablespoon finely grated chocolate or chocolate syrup (optional, see note)
In small bowl, blend cocoa powder and brown sugar with a few teaspoons of the milk to form a paste. In small saucepan, place remaining milk and bring it almost to a boil. Pour hot milk onto the paste and stir until cocoa is smooth and blended. Return cocoa to pan and add hot coffee. Heat gently until very hot but not boiling.
Evenly divide mixture into two large mugs and add two tablespoons brandy to each. If desired, top with dollops of whipped cream and a sprinkling of grated chocolate or drizzle the chocolate syrup over whipped cream lightly. Yield: 2 drinks.
Note: To make chocolate syrup, mix together two cups light brown sugar and 3/4 cup cocoa powder. Stir in 1-1/4 cups boiling water. Transfer mixture to small, heavy saucepan and simmer gently 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Allow syrup to cool, add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Cover and chill in freezer.
Per serving with whole milk: Calories: 185; Carbohydrates: 16g; Protein: 5g; Total Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 17mg; Fiber: 2g; Sodium: 69mg
Essence Chocolate Martini
Chocolate flavored confectionery coating, melted
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces chocolate liqueur
1/2 ounce dark creme de cacao
2 ounces half-and-half cream
Drizzle melted chocolate coating in a pattern on the inside of martini glass. Chill glass. Pour vodka, chocolate liqueur, creme de cacaos and half-and-half into cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain and pour into prepared glass. Makes one drink.
Per serving: Calories: 503; Carbohydrates: 36g; Protein: 3g; Total Fat: 11g; Cholesterol: 32mg; Fiber: 0g; Sodium: 59mg
Berry White Martini
3-1/2 ounces raspberry-flavored vodka
2 ounces Cointreau
1 ounce lime juice
Chill martini glass. In cocktail shaker half-filled with crushed ice, combine vodka, Cointreau and lime juice. Shake, then strain into chilled martini glass. Yield one cocktail.
Per serving: Calories: 300; Carbohydrates: 19g; Protein: 0g; Total Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Fiber: 0g; Sodium: 6mg
French Kiss Martini
1-1/2 ounces vodka
2 ounces raspberry liqueur
3 ounces pineapple juice
Chill martini glass. Into cocktail shaker half-filled with crushed ice, pour vodka, raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice. Shake vigorously. Strain and pour into the chilled martini glass. Makes one martini.
Per serving: Calories: 250; Carbohydrates: 12g; Protein: 0g; Total Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Fiber: 0g; Sodium: 4mg
2 ounces hazelnut liqueur
2 ounces Bailey's Irish Creme
Mix hazelnut liqueur with Bailey's Irish Cream. Serve over ice or mix with coffee. Makes one drink.
Per serving: Calories: 358; Carbohydrates: 0g; Protein: 0g; Total Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Fiber: 0g; Sodium: 6mg
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