Monday, 16 January 2012

Black Forest Shots

Black Forest Cake always reminds me of my childhood because my mum made the best one ever and my brother used to request it as his birthday cake every single year without fail. However, doing shots doesn't remind me of my childhood at all because I had good parents. So... I guess this recipe is like combining the past with the future. Or something wanky like that. Really though - all you need to know is that these are sooo much easier and faster to make than a Black Forest Cake. Plus, what could be cooler than eating a whole (mostly liquid) cake in one mouthful? There is also something quite fun about shots which you have to chew as you take them. So, with that random group of good points about these shots, you can see that you obviously have to try them. I'm also planning Lamington Shots and Tiramisu Shots to go up at some stage in the same series.

Ingredients (per shot)
1 pitted morello cherry (see note below - for the love of god read the note!)
½ measure vanilla vodka
½ measure cherry brandy
2 tsp of the juice from the jar or can of morello cherries
1 tsp chocolate ganache (see recipe below)
2 tsp coconut milk

Chocolate Ganache (makes quite a big batch so if you are only making a few shots you may want to halve it)
1/3 cup soy milk
100g dark chocolate, broken up into small pieces

To Make
1. To make the ganache, heat the soy milk in a small saucepan until small bubbles start to appear on the outer edge of the milk (don’t let it boil). Remove from the heat and stir in the broken up chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is all melted and the ganache is deliciously glossy (don’t put it back on the heat!). Allow to cool slightly.
2. Put the morello cherry in the bottom of the shot glass.
3. Add the vanilla vodka, cherry brandy and morello cherry juice.
4. Add a generous teaspoon of chocolate ganache to each glass (it will sink into the middle of the booze).
5. Pour the coconut milk over the shot glass over the back of a teaspoon to make it sit at the top of the shot.
6. Consume immediately and make another :)

NOTE: I would highly recommend checking each cherry to make sure that it is in fact pitted before putting it in the shot, as my experience of buying jars of pitted morello cherries is that roughly 1/4 of the cherries in the jar actually still have pits in them. So - if you don't want your cocktail party guests choking on cherry pits I recommend checking by inserting a sharp knife or skewer into the cherry first.

This post is part of the Death By Chocolate Sweet Adventures Blog Hop, click on the list of posts below or on this badge to see all the other entries submitted to the hop:

P.S. I can't even tell you how many times I accidentally typed shit instead of shot when writing up this post - hopefully I noticed them all and changed them......


  1. Interesting! They sound lethal! I don't think I could handle more than one, but I'd definitely give one a go!

  2. Now we're talking, vodka and chocolate . How very perfect. Can't wait for the other shots

  3. @Nic - if you want to make them a little less strong you can just reduce the alcohol to only 1/4 measure and use more cherry juice instead.

    Thanks guys! They were a delicious Sunday night treat for me last night (nice to have an excuse to drink on a Sunday night - "I HAVE to drink these shots tonight so I can blog it tomorrow..." Haha. Luckily A-dizzle came over to help me drink them :)

  4. What cool idea. Oh god. This could prove a memory loss inducer.

  5. Mmmm vodka and chocolate...what a wonderful combination!!!

  6. Great idea with the black forest shots. Looks yummy :)

  7. I.Love.This. Adding it to the cocktail recipe box as we speak!

  8. I like the idea of the cherry in the bottom and the coconut milk on top - what a great twist on the hop theme!

  9. Oh now we're talkin'! This is something I'd like to serve at a slightly more adventurous high tea :D Nice!

  10. Ok, this wins. Dessert in a shot glass; I love it!

  11. Yummy! This sounds like an amazing drink!

  12. ooooh definitely need to try this asap! Love the naughtiness of the alcohol :D well done!

  13. So creative and it look surprisingly easy!

  14. These shots look very lush, very rich and extremely death by chocolate - great job!!
    So very glad you joined this bloghop!

  15. Chelsea (teadarling?)18 January 2012 at 13:53

    These look deadly. I would certainly have more than one.