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Lady Slipper Holiday Cocktail


Just when you thought Pedro Ximenez couldn’t get any more delicious, we went and chocolated it with some creme de cacao and chocolate extract. Chocolate extract is a godsend of an ingredient, being composed of cocoa beans and alcohol, similar to how vanilla extract is just vanilla beans and alcohol, and it ups the chocolate factor of anything you add it to without having to add any actual chocolate. No lie, I took a break from writing this head note because a light bulb went off in my head; I realized what I should do with a less-than-top-shelf bottle of vodka someone brought to a barbecue at my home. In about two minutes I made a chocolate extract by throwing a cup of cacao nibs and a couple cups of vodka into an old mason jar. It’ll be a few months before it’s ready but when it is I will have everyone reading this to thank for the inspiration!

Further Food Commentary:

Swap out one ounce of unsweetened chocolate for one tablespoon of pure chocolate extract or 1:1 ratio when replacing cocoa powder. In particular,it can be added to chilis, sauces, frosting, whipped cream, smoothies and/or shakes. However, omit when using alcohol, which is often used in baking and cooking. Each 1 teaspoon serving contains 15 calories. As a dark or clear chocolate-flavored liqueur made from the cacao seed, for every 1 fluid ounce serving, it contains 100 calories, 10 g protein, 8 g sugar and 7.1 g alcohol. ​

By Nikki Nies, MS,RD, LD

Lady Slipper Holiday Cocktail

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  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:n/a
  • Servings: 2


3 oz Pedro Ximinez
1/4 oz creme de cacao
1/2 teaspoon chocolate extract


1. Pour all ingredients into a sherry glass and stir.

1. Pour all ingredients into a sherry glass and stir.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:
Calories: 77; Total Fat: 0 g; Saturated Fat: 0 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 5 mg; Potassium: 0 mg; Carbohydrate: 6 g;  Fiber: 0 g; Sugar: 2 g; Protein: 0 g
Nutrition Bonus:
Vitamin C: 0%; Vitamin A: 0%; Iron: 0%; Calcium: 0%;
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