The word “spirits” can conjure up, quite literally, ghostly miasmas and manifestations. When it comes to chocolate infused with alcohol spirits, the only thing ghostly is that the chocolates vanish almost instantly and can be hard to take a picture of!
Two recent sightings, one in Petaluma and the other in San Francisco, were very close encounters (of the chocolate variety)…. At the warm and welcoming Tres Hombres Long Bar and Grill in Petaluma, the spirit of Casa Noble Single Barrel Reposado slipped smoothly into the dark chocolate ganache and simply mesmerized everyone at the event. Tequila and chocolate became a truly spiritual experience.
Spirits were even more plentiful at the Old Mint in SF as Shanti.org celebrated its Breast Cancer Program with a riotous VIP Speakeasy. The old vaults did indeed have a ghostly, haunted feeling about them until the true spirits (Knob Creek Bourbon, Remy Martin Cognac and Grand Marnier) flowed and the chocolates chased away any lingering ghosts.
Caramel ganache infused with Bourbon was as smooth as a swing dance set, Cognac infused into milk chocolate was as dreamy as the Blues, and Grand Marnier in dark chocolate with orange spiced almonds was as lively as a Jazz riff.
While the ghosts of prohibition and inhibition were nowhere to be seen at the Old Mint or Tres Hombres, the spirit world was alive and well when paired with chocolate. Come and have a spiritual experience with us at an event soon….