Million Dollar Chocolate Cocktail

We were super excited to hear about Mixology Monday, a monthly online cocktail party. Each month someone picks a theme and you make a drink. Kind of like those cooking shows where there’s a secret ingredient you have to use.

This month the host, Garnish, picked chocolate. Sign us up! The cool thing, and the only reason we can participate, is because you don’t have to come up with your own recipe. You find one, write about it, and off you go.

I remembered a while back we got an email with the subject Boozy Chocolate Milkshake. It was from Fernet Branca. And while we ended up making Grasshoppers with it, I remembered the email and was inspired to find something else with the Fernet Branca.

Lo and behold, I came across a recipe from bartender Gabriella Mlynarczay of La Loving Cup called the St. James’ Flip.

I got totally obsessed with making it, but realized I only had three of the seven ingredients needed (Ferent Branca, simple syrup, egg). I ended up shopping at Whole Foods because it was close to where we were having lunch. A really amazing guy from the cheese area (sorry I didn’t get his name) helped me find what was needed. It was slowly turning into a really expensive drink.

We decided to go with a chocolate stout instead of Guinness (as the recipe called) for two reasons. 1) they only sold Guinness in a 4-pack which was more than I felt like carrying and 2) a stout with chocolate seemed to up the ante for this chocolate theme.

Shopping at Whole Foods

Next I ran to the liquor store to pick up some Irish whisky and headed home to start experimenting. It was there that I realized a few things.

  1. The Feret Branca was missing
  2. The recipe called for chocolate bitters not actual chocolate

Well, wish us luck.

Here’s the original recipe for her St. James Flip:

  • 1 1/2 oz of Irish whiskey
  • 1 oz espresso or cold brew coffee
  • 1/2 oz of cinnamon simple syrup ( toss a teaspoon of Vietnamese cinnamon into a quart of simple syrup)
  • 2 dashes of Miracle Mile Chocolate Chilli bitters
  • 1/2 oz Fernet Branca
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 can of Guinness

Dry shake without ice all ingredients for about 15 seconds to incorporate the egg  and get it nice and creamy, add 4-5 ice cubes and shake for another 2o seconds. Strain into a chilled latte glass , top with a couple of ounces of Guinness, you can add more if you need it less sweet. Dust over a pinch of dutch chocolate powder or nutmeg if the festive mood is upon you.

Here’s our version:

  • 2 oz of Jameson  Irish whiskey (of course we poured heavier!)
  • 1 oz cold brew coffee from Slingshot Coffee Co.
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • dash of cinnamon
  • Finely grated Taza Chipotle Chili Dark Chocolate
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 bottle Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer (cut beer in half)

We followed the same instructions but realized that it was better to pour all the ingredients in the shaker and use a whisk. When it was shaken it wanted to explode. And as this is being written, I realized that I left out the ice part. Oops. It was strained into a chilled glass, topped with a small splash of the porter and, of course,  sprinkled with more chocolate.

Results:  really freaking good. It’s sweet but not too sweet. You smell the chocolate but get more hints of the coffee and Jameson. Highly recommend this as a fancy drink to serve at brunch. It’s making me crave pancakes.



  • Katie @ Garnish Blog January 22, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    This post made me laugh out loud. 🙂 Nothing like making substitutions to get the creative juices flowing! This sounds awesome. Thanks for participating.

    • Kim & Robert January 22, 2017 at 11:23 pm

      Glad you like it! Sometimes I think I’m the only one who’s laughing! CHEERS!

  • Joel Eschenbach January 23, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Looks delicious!!

  • Jill Berg January 25, 2017 at 1:16 am

    I love your writing…you had be rigbt there along with you not picking up the 4 pack of Guinness (who wants to lug that around) and having to make substitutions. Fun read!

    • Kim & Robert January 25, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks! Appreciate the positive feedback!

  • Lilly Moore January 25, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    That looks amazing!

    • Kim & Robert January 25, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks! Luckily, it was worth the effort!

  • Lisa J O'Driscoll January 31, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Yumm…this sounds delish and perfect for St. Patrick’s day! I’ve never had chocolate stout but I’m a firm believer that everything tastes better with chocolate!!!

    • Kim & Robert January 31, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      That’s the truth! Love chocolate!

  • Victoria February 1, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Chocolate is the best! Saving this for later 🙂

    • Kim & Robert February 1, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      So true! Especially if you have a sweet tooth like me!

  • Calley February 2, 2017 at 12:57 am

    What a fun drink recipe!!

    • Kim & Robert February 2, 2017 at 12:58 am

      Thanks! As usual, a little modification but a lot of fun!

  • Shannon Burlingame March 2, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Wow! This looks right up my alley 🙂 Definitely have to try this!!

    • Kim & Robert March 2, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      If you do, be sure to let us know how your version came out. Cheers!


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