Mint and chocolate go together like peanut butter and chocolate, or raspberry and chocolate. Mint chocolate has long been a favorite dessert flavor, whether in ice cream form or in the shape of a cookie being sold by a Girl Scout. But those of a certain age might prefer their mint chocolate in a boozier, more potable form, and that is where the Mint Chocolate Chip Shot comes in.
Created by bartender Brandi Austin at STIRR in Dallas, the drink is essentially a boozy recreation of melted mint chocolate ice cream, or a mint chocolate milkshake. It calls for Irish cream liqueur, creme de menthe liqueur and Frangelico, a hazelnut-based liqueur with overtones of cocoa and vanilla.
Somewhat ironically, Bailey’s Irish Cream, the brand specified for the Mint Chocolate Chip Shot, doesn’t have much in the way of chocolate; the famous liqueur just has a touch of cocoa extract. If you’re up for it, making your own Irish cream is a fun approach. Frangelico adds a nuttiness and a bit more cocoa, but Austin omits it sometimes, substituting vodka instead to make the drink “a touch more potent.” Of course, vodka or Frangelico, the drink gets an extra bit of chocolate in the form of chocolate sauce or syrup drizzled in the shot glass.
Austin doesn’t specify the kind of creme de menthe used in the sugary drink, but it comes down to a matter of color preference more than anything. Using green creme de menthe will give it that lovely familiar hue of many mint chocolate ice cream brands, while using a white one will make it more of a black and white drink.
Since the drink is served as shot rather than a full cocktail, it’s generally made in a large volume, then dolled out as one-ounce pours when entertaining. Given the relatively lower alcohol percentage in each liqueur, it’s best to avoid freezing them, unless you want a slushy with ice crystals in it. Storing it in the fridge until serving time is the preferred approach. Additionally, chilling the shot glasses before filling them keeps the drink nice and cool, ready to be topped with whip cream and downed as a sweet, rich dessert shot.
- Baileys Irish Cream liqueur
- Creme de menthe liqueur
- Frangelico liqueur
- Garnish: chocolate sauce
- Garnish: mint leaves
- Garnish: whipped cream
Pre-batch equal parts Baileys Irish Cream, creme de menthe and Frangelico liqueurs and chill in the refrigerator.
Drizzle chocolate sauce in a shot glass.
Add 1 ounce of the batch to the glass.
Garnish with mint leaves and whipped cream.