Drink & Moser Roth Chocolate Pairings from Aldi:
Those lovely people at Aldi asked me to sample some of their wines and spirits which complement perfectly their Moser Roth chocolate. At prices which compare very favourably to similar supermarket brands it would certainly be worth taking a trip to Aldi to stock up on some Easter treats:
The Exquisite Collection Australian Shiraz (£5.99) with Moser Roth 70% Cocoa (£1.19)
A good guide to food and wine pairing is that the food and wine should have similar levels of sweetness. Try pairing the Moser Roth 70% Cocoa with the wonderfully velvety Exquisite Collection Australian Shiraz. The supple texture and relatively low levels of mouth drying tannins smooth out the cocoa solids in the chocolate and the red and black fruit flavours refresh the palate.
Fletcher’s Fine Ruby Port (£6.49)with Moser Roth 85% Cocoa (£1.19)
When pairing wines with chocolate, match lighter-bodied wines and stronger chocolates with more full-bodied wine like port, a full-bodied, fortified wine with lots of natural sweetness from the grape sugars. Fletcher’s Fine Ruby Port has rich plum and damson characters and a chocolaty core which works with the intense Moser Roth 85% Cocoa Chocolate. The high cocoa content of this chocolate means it’s not for the faint hearted but the power of the wine is equal to that of the chocolate, thus bringing out the best in each other.
Salted Caramel Vodka Martini (created with Tamova Vodka, £10.39) and Moser Roth Caramel Chocolate (£1.15)
Or if you fancy a real treat, try mixing up a Salted Caramel Vodka Martini which works a treat with the Moser Roth Caramel Chocolate. Chilli and chocolate and salt with caramel are some of the trendiest pairings on the block and this cocktail fuses both of them together. This combined with the sweet caramel and malt of the chocolate is a real taste sensation.
Salted Caramel Vodka Martini
1 bottle Tamova vodka (pour 30ml into a glass for the sauce and put the bottle in the freezer)
250g light brown sugar
1 red chilli, deseeded, finely chopped
30ml Tamova vodka (sauce)
5ml vanilla bean extract or fresh vanilla seeds
Sea salt, lightly crushed
· To make the butterscotch syrup heat some butter in a small saucepan and add the sugar. Stir until well combined and melted
· Add the cream, chilli and vanilla and allow to cook gently until sauce is smooth and thick. Add the vodka (30ml) and cook for a further 2-3 minutes
· To make the cocktail put 25ml of warm syrup in a cocktail shaker with 2 shots/50ml of vodka and ice cubes. Shake vigorously and pour into a frozen martini glass with a salted rim (dip the rim of the glass into water then into crushed sea salt)
· Enjoy with Moser Roth Caramel Chocolate