Uther’s Dragon (Uthyr Pendragon) Cocktail

I came across this little gem when researching ideas for our Spring collections and it instantly appealed to me. Having made the cocktail I knew it would make an ideal base for a Choctail, and so began the careful process of recreating the flavours in chocolate. Watch out for the Uthyr Pendragon in the March Collection, celebrating St David’s Day. But in the meantime, here’s the cocktail recipe:

The red dragon is the symbol and flag of Wales and this powerful red cocktail perfectly recalls this symbol, which is also the symbol of Uther, Chief dragon of the Celts. According to Arthurian Legend, Uther, through Merlin’s help, tricks the wife of his enemy, Lady Igraine, and sleeps with her. Thus Arthur, “the once and future king” is born.

Ingredients: Makes 1 Drink

1 & 1/2 measures vodka
1 measure cointreau (orange liqueur)
1 measure fresh juice from a blood orange
1 tbsp raspberry puree (see below)
1/2 tsp sugar syrup
1 fresh raspberry
Raspberry Puree

Large punnet of raspberries
60g (2oz) icing sugar (powdered sugar)
1 measure Cointreau (orange liqueur)
1 measure raspberry liqueur
Direction: Make the raspberry puree: Place the raspberries and powdered sugar in a small blender with the cointreau (orange liqueur) and raspberry liqueur, and purée until totally smooth, sieve the puree through a fine mesh to clear any pips (this can be done in advance and kept in the fridge). Make the drink: Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with some cracked ice and shake very well. Strain into a cocktail (martini) glass, and serve garnished with a fresh raspberry or two.

Hilary Delamare

Choctails® was founded by husband and wife team Simon and Hilary Delamare. Simon's suggestion of putting cocktail flavours into chocolate took Hilary's chocolate-making hobby to new heights, until in May 2012, the decision was made to turn the hobby into a full time business. The domestic kitchen became a production factory by day, and the dining room was given up to become a place where hand-made chocolate is crafted

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