Drinks to put you in the Mood

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Chocolate is a well-known aphrodisiac, and alcohol certainly helps in that department. So what if you combined the two? Would that make a chocolate cocktail the ultimate mood-enhancer for Valentine's Day?

Bartenders across the city must think so. While many dessert-inspired drinks are on the menu year-round, plenty of places have crafted special Valentine's Day drinks with the elixir of love.

From what we've seen, these cocoa-y concoctions are almost exclusively served as martinis, which Chocolate Cafe owner Lisa Boyle attributes to the ever-popular "-tini" trend.

"I think there is now, in this day and age, a drinker who wants a drink that doesn't taste like medicine," said Boyle, a former bartender who dreamed up the cafe's extensive selection of chocoholic drinks - including a chocolate cake martini and a Mexican chocolate martini.

"Not that I have anything against the pure gin martini, but that's a serious drink," she said.

If you're not looking for anything serious this Valentine's Day, ogle these offerings.

Dirty Girl Scout martini, $6

Keep this one away from the kiddies. Kahlua, vanilla vodka, green creme de menthe and a splash of cream convincingly plays (and looks) the part of a liquid Thin Mint.

Chocolate Cafe, Grandview

Muddy Russian, $7

Chocolate milk gets grown up with the help of vanilla vodka and Kahlua. Served over ice in a rocks glass.

Bristol Bar, Italian Village

Chocolate Snickers martini, $7.50

Chocolate-and-caramel goodness is imitated using every related liquor possible: Three Olives Triple Shot Espresso vodka, Godiva chocolate liqueur, Frangelico, butterscotch schnapps and a splash of cream. It's garnished with a square of the real thing.

Level, Short North

Hot Chocolate Kiss martini, $8

This "hot" martini is more about tongue-tempting spiciness than temperature. Stoli vanilla, Godiva chocolate liqueur, Baileys and cinnamon-y FireWater schnapps swirl in a glass that's rimmed with chocolate sauce and topped with sugar and cayenne.

Chocolate Raspberry martini, $8

Get fruity with Stoli vanilla, Baileys, Razzmatazz, chocolate liqueur and cranberry juice.

MoJoe Lounge, Short North & German Village

Decadent Chocolate martini, $9

Liquid indulgence. Absolut vanilla combines with Godiva white and dark chocolate liqueur for a rich, chilled treat.

Martini Park, Easton