Food & Drink

October 19, 2012

Godiva cocktails and pairings

As some of you may know, in addition to publishing SouthFloridaFoodandWine.com I also facilitate food and wine seminars and pairings seminars at Florida International University. This past week I presented [what seems to be] our annual Godiva Vodka and Liqueurs tasting. I have developed a wonderful relationship with the Godiva representatives who have been remarkably supportive of my seminars and the students in the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Godiva photo: southfloridafoodandwine.com

Godiva arranged for me to have sample bottles of their Chocolate Vodka, Chocolate Raspberry Vodka, Chocolate Liqueur, Mocha Liqueur, White Chocolate Liqueur and Caramel Liqueur for the class. I tasted the students on each of the vodkas neat and chilled and then made various cocktails with the vodkas and liqueurs. The premise of the seminar was to introduce the students to the variety of flavors and tastes both in its pure state and mixed to create a more experimental and essence-layered experience as well as to appreciate a flavor-inspired product. It worked on all levels, as I’m sure you can imagine.

The Godiva seminar once again was a big hit with the favorites being the Butter Pecan Milkshake; a fun treat I made up knowing the students would enjoy as they listened to the history presentation of Godiva. All my recipes are made freestyle by pouring according to your own personal taste. The recipe for the Butter Pecan Godiva Caramel Milkshake is
Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Half & Half
Godiva Caramel Liqueur

Godiva cocktails: SouthFloridaFoodandWine.com

The second favorite of the evening was the 3-Layer Godiva Chocolate Cake Cocktail
(the freestyle recipe is)
Godiva Chocolate Vodka
Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
rim glass with melted chocolate and coco-sugar
garnished with whipped cream

and coming in third was the Godiva Black & White and Coconut all over Cocktail
(the freestyle recipe is)
Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
Godiva Chocolate vodka
Coconut liqueur
rim glass with melted chocolate and coconut
garnished with an Oreo cookie

Godiva Cocktails

Adding flair and pizzazz to the cocktails was the rimming of the glasses. My school of thought has always been “why do when you can overdo”. I created the cocktails with the WOW! factor in mind by bringing it all together with the chocolate and garnished rims. One of the teaching assistants in the College of Hospitality, Sylvie, melted the chocolate then rimmed and garnished 200 glasses for the seminar as I made the cocktails. I have to say we made quite a team and I certainly could not have done it without her.

The other Godiva Cocktails of the evening were

Coco-coffee
Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
Godiva Mocha coffee liqueur
rim glass with melted chocolate and coco-sugar
garnish with whipped cream and a Godiva Dark Chocolate Cappuccino Truffle

Pink Ribbon-tini
Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur,
Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Vodka
Half & Half
rim glasses with melted white chocolate and Pink Ribbon candies/pink sugar
garnish with a Godiva White Chocolate Raspberry Star

White Chocolate Bliss 
Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
Godiva Chocolate Vodka
garnish with whipped cream and mint chips

Snoball
Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
Godiva Chocolate Vodka
Coconut liqueur
rim glass with melted white chocolate and coconut

Chocolate Coconut Truffle 
Coconut Liqueur
Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
Godiva Chocolate Vodka
rim glass with melted chocolate and coconut
garnish with a Godiva Smooth Coconut Truffle

Godiva Carameltini
Godiva Caramel Liqueur
Godiva Chocolate Vodka
rim glass with melted butterscotch ‘chocolate’
garnish with a piece of Godiva Caramel Pecan Bark

And for a fun ending I allowed the students to make-their-own-cordial-ice cream sundae; vanilla ice cream and their choice of Godiva liqueur. Talk about a perfectly sweet ending.

 

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