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Almost ten years ago I posted a recipe for a very different style of chocolate martini. Most of the variants of this drink I have tried have had a chocolate taste but a texture that seems incongruously light and watery. Not this one; it’s dense and rich like melted chocolate.
It was the top hit on my web site for many years, but my recent web site migration means the original URLs have gone dark. So here’s the recipe again, just in time for the holidays!
Chocolate Orange Martini
If you’ve made chocolate sauce, you’ll know that you melt chocolate and then keep it liquid when it cools by adding a solvent – usually fat (in the form of cream). It struck me that one could probably use alcohol instead. Here’s roughly the recipe I use; it makes shots for at least 10 people.
- 1 bar high cocoa ratio chocolate (150g)
- Grated chocolate for garnish
- Chocolate truffle per glass (optional)
- 200 ml vodka
- 100 ml curaçao or other triple sec/orange liqueur
- 50 ml single (pouring) cream
- 75 ml coconut cream (not coconut milk or coconut water)
Melt the chocolate carefully (I use a double-boiler) and when it’s liquid slowly stir in the vodka 25ml at a time to start with and then 50ml at a time. Then shake with everything else with plenty of ice in a large cocktail shaker. Strain and serve – I recommend straining into a small jug so that the melting ice doesn’t dilute the drink too much as you’re carefully pouring it.
Although I show it here in cocktail glasses, the drink is so rich and dense that I suggest serving it in shot glasses instead. Garnish with a dusting of grated chocolate from the same bar you used for the drink. Optionally serve with a single rich chocolate truffle in the bottom of the glass as a reward.
I’m pleased that Google+ now offers personalised profile URLs – mine is https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SimonPhipps/
All I need now is for them to allow me to have multiple Google accounts represented by a single Google+ account so they don’t keep telling me I am missing out whenevr I log in to webmink.com …
Honestly it’s about time and exactly what the company needs if it’s to get fixed. Let’s hope they get someone who will truly embrace open source rather than firewalling it and paying lip-service to it while secretly attacking it. That’s the change I have long said is needed to move beyond stage four of the journey.
No matter what the conversation, this is the man my mind’s eye sees:
Unexpectedly awesome. When he described it (“synths”, “pop feel”) it sounded like it might be a step down from the previous 3, but it’s actually very good.
And congratulations to Tim for his first VC performance too!
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Open source Foundations have a great track record for good governance of open source projects – think of the Apache Software Foundation, the Document Foundation, the Eclipse Foundation or the Mozilla Foundation and the tremendous software they produce speaks volumes. We take it for granted that they need to be tax-exempt organisations.
Yet troubles in the USA with gaining recognition for open source projects from the tax authorities raise an important question: is tax-exempt status really necessary? Or are we mistaking approval of sound accounting principles for certification of good governance? Today’s article in InfoWorld has more.