Friday, February 19, 2016

Chocolate Mint Day! Celebrate with a Homemade Chocolate Mint Liqueur!

Food holidays are certainly amusing, right? There's one or more for every day, plus weekly and monthly holidays. Not to mention that there are foods associated with holiday holidays.

Today is Chocolate Mint Day, which is a combination that I can certainly get behind. I like chocolate, I like mint, and for sure I like them together.

This liqueur is similar to the other cream liqueurs that you can buy, but it's easy and for sure much less inexpensive to make. Stir up a bottle of this and keep it refrigerated. It won't last long.

If you can't find the chocolate sweetened condensed milk, you can use regular sweetened condensed milk, then add chocolate syrup to taste. But I do suggest that you try to find the chocolate sweetened condensed - when you use chocolate syrup, the chocolate tends to settle and you need to shake before serving.

Not a huge problem, but one you won't have with the chocolate sweetened condensed. It tends to stay mixed rather than settling.

Brancamenta, if you're not familiar with it, is a minty-herby liqueur that's not as sweet as some other minty liqueurs, and it has a lovely herbal flavor. It's perfect for this, and lovely with mild-flavored fizzy sodas as well.

Homemade Chocolate Mint Liqueur
Makes about 1 quart

1 14-ounce can chocolate sweetened condensed milk
1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups Brancamenta
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients and shake or stir to combine. Serve 3- or 4-ounce servings straight up or on the rocks.

This post was sponsored by the folks who make Brancanmenta.