The results of the Baileys Drinkable Desserts Challenge are in!
Dennis Frisk from New Castle, PA was chosen as the amateur winner and Jessica Taylor from Indianapolis, IN was chosen as the professional winner of the nationwide challenge. The contest was based on one of 2007’s rising trends, drinkable desserts.
Mr. Frisk and Ms. Taylor used their creativity and love for mixing it up to turn a favorite dessert into something fabulous and drinkable.
The amateur winning recipe:
Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake in Mint Condition
2 ½ oz Baileys Mint Chocolate
½ oz Smirnoff Black Cherry Vodka
2 tsp cheesecake pudding & pie mix
Dark chocolate shavings
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add Baileys, Smirnoff, instant pudding mix, and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass. Float whipped cream on top of drink and sprinkle with shaved chocolate. Garnish with mint sprig and a black cherry.
Dennis says his inspiration came from the popularity and appeal of cheesecakes and the varieties that appear on restaurant menus. He believed using the precise amount of each simple ingredient balances out his drinkable dessert. The name he chose because it suggests the subtle taste of mint and the perceived value of a cheesecake.
The professional winning recipe:
Mocha Mint Bavarian
1 ¼ oz Baileys Mint Chocolate
¾ oz double espresso vodka
½ oz Godiva white chocolate liqueur
2 oz cream
Sprig of mint
Start with a cocktail shaker 3/4 full of ice. Add first 3 ingredients. Shake vigorously. Add cream (half-and-half). Gently stir. Drizzle dark chocolate into martini glass. Pour drink into martini glass. Garnish with three espresso beans in the center of martini. Place the stem of mint sprig in between espresso beans. Sprinkle white chocolate shavings around the rest of the martini.
Jessica says her inspiration came from the idea of adding mint to mousse. She believes it works because it has the overall appeal. It not only tastes good but it looks and sounds good as well.
Recipes and pictures courtesy of Baileys.