Long, long ago a friend brought the recipe back from a bar in the US that specialised in ‘desert’ cocktails, it became an immediate hit with my lot. We spread the secret around all our favourite haunts (the old Full Moon in Brighton, The Embassy Islington in the early days) and it has garnished birthdays and Christmases ever since.
And as it was two of my favourite people’s birthdays recently I felt the time had come for it to rise again…
The idea is that you down the shot and suck on the sugary lemon and it tastes like chocolate cake - a novelty drink to amaze first yourself and then endless rounds of friends. A great party starter. There is something so joyous about the oral trickery you can’t help but laugh.
1/2 shot Frangelico (a hazelnut liqueur)
1/2 shot vodka
1 slice lemon
sprinkling of brown sugar
1 Mix alcohols together in a shot glass, sprinkle the sugar on the lemon
2 Repeat until everyone has one
3 Think of a glorious cheer, clink, drink and suck. Voila - chocolate cake.