Music Pairing: Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
As you are probably getting to know, we are fond of alliteration hence the title of this dessert which is intended to be the sweet surrender after any wonderful meal you share with colleagues, friends or family. While epilogue is typically associated with literature, we felt it was a fitting finale in this culinary setting (additional alliteration intended:)). While Afa typically abhors sweets unless it is very dark chocolate (over 90% cocoa) that is refrigerated, she tolerates this dish due to its intense espresso flavoring. Its origins started with just serving frozen Espresso vodka for those who did not want coffee after dinner. Then I (Aaron) thought, “Why not double down” and began to pour it on coffee ice cream. Then, since I tend to have a flair for the dramatic, began serving it in a martini glass which instantly made it a favorite among our guests. The various accoutrements that followed each added a little spice (literally in one case) to what has become a driving reason for many to come over for dinner… basically they want dessert. And what better music pairing for a delectable dessert than “a little night music” from Mozart to end your actively alliterative elegantly ecstatic evening with an Espresso Epilogue.
- 2 ounces Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka (YES, you need “double espresso”)
- 1 scoop Talenti Gelato Coffee Chocolate Chip (or your favorite coffee chip ice cream/gelato)
- 2T Semi-Sweet chocolate chips
- Dark chocolate graham cracker
- Whipped cream
- Chuao Spicy Maya Drinking Chocolate (powder)
- Scoop gelato/ice cream into a martini (or margarita) glass
- Pour espresso vodka delicately over gelato/ice cream coating entire surface and letting extra sit in bottom of glass
- Sprinkle chocolate chips over gelato/ice cream
- Add Pirouline and graham cracker
- Add whipped cream artistically creating a cone on top
- Lightly “dust” the whipped cream with the Chuao Spicy Maya powder (or similar spicy chocolate powder) and Voila… you have sheer ecstasy!