In many westernized countries, the 21st birthday is a milestone symbolizing that a youth has come “of-age.” The age of twenty-one is usually the time when one is considered to be fully adult, able to sign contracts and drink alcohol. This was the case when our youngest chocolatier, Pedro, celebrated his 21st birthday with his co-workers at Choclatique. I must confess I didn’t know that he was only 19 years old when he graduated culinary school and came to work with us as a chocolatier’s apprentice. “P” has really come a long way in such a short period of time,” says Karen, Senior Choclatique Chocolatier. “He is one of the best new chocolatier we have. Pedro not only loves his work, but he is a lover of everything chocolate and is one of the best tasters in the Chocolate Studio.”
Turning 21 is a right of passage for “P.” This weekend Pedro will move into his own apartment just a few blocks away from the Choclatique office. He will also spend part of his special weekend in Las Vegas.
To help him celebrate, Executive Chef Wayne prepared a Fresh Blueberry Chocolate Whipped Lemon Crème Fraîche Mousse Tort with Lemon Chocolate Planks. Now that’s a mouthful to say… and to eat.
Let’s hear it for being 21 and wishing Pedro a very Happy Birthday with many happy returns.
Drink More Chocolate
Here’s a “spirited” way to celebrate your 21st birthday with chocolate. Have your personal bartender make you a hot or cold chocolate beverage with Choclatique’s Dark Chocolate Drinking Mix, Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Drinking Mix or Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Drinking Mix and add a shot of light rum or vanilla vodka.
Or, enjoy Pedro’s Favorite Chocolate Martini:
Pedro’s Favorite “Birthday Bash” Chocolate Martini
There are many ways to make a great chocolate martini. Start by choosing your favorite spirit such as light rum, vodka or brandy as a base to shake with a chocolate liqueur. If you’re looking for a fruitier taste, pick a flavored vodka or rum such as citrus or raspberry. For a sweeter taste, use a vanilla flavored vodka or rum.
For that professional mixologist look, start by coating the rim of the martini glasses with a little chocolate syrup and dip them in Choclatique Decoratifs and finish garnish with Choclatique White or Dark Chocolate Curls.
1 Tbls. Chocolate Syrup
1 Tbls. Choclatique Decoratifs
1 Choclatique Ebony Dark Chocolate Pastille
2 oz. Base Liquor (vodka, light rum or brandy)
½ oz. Chocolate Liqueur
½ oz. White Crème de Cacao
1 Tsp. Choclatique White or Dark Chocolate Curls
- Coat rim of martini glass with chocolate syrup and decoratifs (the same way you would coat a glass with salt for a margarita).
- Place a single pastille in the bottom of the glass.
- Mix the base liquor, Chocolate Liqueur and crème de cacao in a cocktail shaker with ice—shake well—and strain into a martini glass.
- Garnish with chocolate curls.
Enjoy a Safe and Sane 21st Birthday
- 72% of men do not believe that getting drunk to celebrate one’s 21st birthday is a rite-of-passage. It may be traditional to consume some alcohol on your 21st birthday, but many choose not to focus their celebration on alcohol.
- 80% of men do not attempt to consume 21 drinks. Those who attempt 21 drinks are almost assured of vomiting, blacking out, and experiencing alcohol overdose.
- 77% of men do not attempt “the crawl” during their 21st birthday celebration. Those who do the crawl end up drinking 50% more than those who do not.
- Don’t be one of the 33% of people who experience a blackout during their 21st birthday celebration. To avoid blackouts, avoid drinking too much, too quickly.
- Don’t be one of the 32% of people who vomited during their 21st birthday celebration. To avoid vomiting altogether, consume fewer than 4 drinks.
- Don’t be one of the 30% of people who had an estimated blood alcohol level of .28, putting them at risk for serious complications from DWI and/or alcohol poisoning.
- Take it slow, pace yourself, and take some steps to moderate consumption and you may have several more 21 years to celebrate other birthdays.