Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Origin of the Chocolate Martini

The Origin of the Chocolate Martini


 
Rock Hudson drinking beer a year before his martini invention
While filming Giant in Marfa, Texas, Rock and Elizabeth Taylor lived in rented houses across the street from one another. They became close friends and often spent time together in the evenings. One evening in 1955 they invented the chocolate martini.
They both loved chocolate and drank martinis. Why not put chocolate liqueur and chocolate syrup in a vodka martini? They thought it tasted terrific and they had made a great contribution to society until they began to suffer from indigestion. “We were really just kids, we could eat and drink anything and we never needed sleep,” Rock said.
- Excerpt from Rock Hudson: His Story
There are two schools of thought about making or drinking a chocolate martini. The first one suggests that a chocolate martini is not a ‘serious’ drink, that it is strictly for fun, and that a chocolate martini is a concoction specially blended for lighthearted parties and informal socializing among friends. The other school is that having a martini is not just having a drink, it’s having an experience. This school holds that imbibing in a chocolate martini is something much bigger than just the list of ingredients. – Excerpt from Extreme Chocolate

this was filmed on the set of Giant



“Rock and I hit it off right away and acted like a pair of kids. The heat, humidity, and dust [in Marfa] were so thoroughly oppressive we had to bolster our spirits any way we could. So we stayed out drinking all night and luckily were young enough and resilient enough to go straight to the set in the morning with fresh complexions and never even bags under our eyes. During our toots, we concocted the best drink I ever tasted – a chocolate martini, made with vodka, Hershey’s syrup and Kahlua. How we survived I’ll never know.”

– Elizabeth Taylor (via)
Over 50 years later the chocolate martini, or chocolatini, is still served at bars and enjoyed by many a chocolate lover. It’s also a popular Valentine’s Day alternative to champagne or wine sure to be on many
a chocolate lover. It’s also a popular Valentine’s Day alternative to champagne or wine sure to be on many menus this weekend. I wonder how many fans of the drink know the Hollywood origin behind it?menus this weekend. I wonder how many fans of the drink know the Hollywood origin behind it

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