The scent of fine raw dark chocolate is irresistible…it can fill a room..
So here we go – the next bitters up are the much talked about Mozart Chocolate Bitters made by Mozart Distillerie GmbH – also mentioned in the posts by Chuck both on his own blog Gumbopages/Looka and the Tales blog.
I heard whispers about them during the Tales after the “Emperor`s New Bitters” session which i for some unknown and totally out-of-this-world-weird reason managed to miss…what the hell did i do that day??? i have no clue but one thing i know is that after that bitters session they were the talk of the Tales so to speak.
I attended the Reematch Beeyatch cocktail competiton at Cure on the monday after Tales and there in the courtyard when we sat and sipped on our drinks all of a sudden one of my friends burst out – there it is!! can you feel it? it´s the chocolate bitters! someone has opened a bottle in here!
And yes indeed i felt it…like a whiff of sweet perfume the fragrance found it´s way around the whole courtyard…and like spies we eyed the crowd to try to see where it came from and then i saw the guy who had the magic bottle. We got samples on the back of our hands and we just sat there and kept sniffing on our hands – and we were not the only ones being hypnotized by this magic chocolate fragrance.
Someone said he would start using this as perfume and a discussion broke out about how this as perfume would make you totally irresistible…i don´t think New Orleans have ever had sexier bitters in town.
I needed to try this out in cocktails…and as perfume? hell yeah!
I`ve had the Mozart Dry chocolate spirit for quite some time now and i love it and have found it incredibly useful and it has gained a space in my home bar that is permanent. These bitters has the same fragrance but here is a delightful bitterness and fragrance of dark raw sexy chocolate – all concentrated in a little cute round bottle.
I did an interesting little experiment, i took the bottle of Mozart Dry Chocolate spirit and the bitters bottle and opened both, sniffed the fragrance and discoverd that they do not smell exactly the same, the chocolate spirit has a faint dry and very fine scent of dark chocolate while the bitters has a much stronger and more rounded and sweeter fragrance.
Then i added some of each on the back of my hands and sniffed on them and the chocolate spirit leaves a very discreet fine chocolate scent while the bitters leaves that stronger more full bodied, spicier and sweeter fragrance. yet they both has the same basic chocolate scent.
I took a sip from the chocolate spirit bottle, it´s a slight burn before the full awesomeness of fine chocolate fills your palate and a very careful sip from the bitters bottle gave at first a very strong burn which when mellowed out left a very warm full aroma of dark cocoa and sweet vanilla.
The Mozart chocolate bitters are made with dark raw and bitter cocoa nibs as the bitter ingredient with vanilla, nutmeg and clove, macerated in the dry chocolate spirit. it`s a delightful product!
So now i finally sit here with that dark brown round little bottle and will mix up something…right now i love my “job”!
I wanted something simple where the bitters can shine through as well as the base spirit so decided to mix up a daiquiri to start with.
1 oz Appleton Extra Jamaican Rum
0.5 oz Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum
0.75 oz fresh lime juice
0.5 oz sugarcane syrup (Petit Canne)
2-3 dashes Mozart Chocolate Bitters
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a muscovado sugar rim or an orange peel.
2 dashes of the chocolate bitters was just perfect to add a subtle chocolaty touch to the flavorful Jamaican rum. Just to test it i added a third dash and stirred. The dark chocolate flavor became more upfront and i can´t really make up my mind which one i like the most…all i can say is that this daiquiri went down way too easily.
The next is a twist of a twist (Bitter Mai Tai) of my favorite drink (Mai Tai)
BITTER CHOCOLATE MAI TAI
1½ oz Campari
¾ oz Smith & Cross Jamaican rum
1 oz lime juice (save the spent lime shell to go in the shaker)
¾ oz orgeat
½ oz orange Curaçao
3 dashes Mozart Chocolate bitters
Shake and strain into a double old fashioned glass and sink the spent lime shell into the drink. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and stick a straw near it.
Mmmmmmmmmmmm….it´s good, very good.
I hope to see Mozart Chocolate bitters sold worldwide. In Europe you can find it here.