Climax

Alright, go ahead and get the giggling out of your system. Yes it’s called Climax, and yes it appears at first glance to be a ‘girly’ drink what with the cream and the chocolate liqueur, but I should warn you to not let your preconceptions run away with you.

This cocktail is…well, let’s just say deceptively strong. Aside from the cream, it is made up entirely of alcoholic ingredients and ends up with a ratio of 2.5 ounces alcoholic to 1 ounce non-alcoholic. So yeah. Strong. There’s a predominant taste of booze through this drink, so don’t just dismiss it out of hand, but the overall flavour notes might not be what you expect.

Typically a drink with amaretto in – any amount of amaretto in fact – will end up with overpowering flavours of almond regardless of what else is going on inside the glass. The Climax however is strangely void of almond flavouring, and neither does the crème de banane have much presence. In fact, I found that aside from sweet chocolate blending into boozy heat, the drink doesn’t have many distinct individual flavours, but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it. It’s almost refreshingly adult in the way it combines chocolate with banana and almond and the cream; it could so easily have become a saccharine cup of liquid diabetes, but instead it feels mature.  Sometimes a temporary sweetness that finishes with heavy booze is exactly what you both want and need, so it’ll be worth remembering this recipe for future use.

4/5


The Recipe

♦  ½ ounce amaretto

♦  ½ ounce Cointreau

♦  ½ ounce crème de banane

♦  ½ ounce vodka

♦  ½ ounce crème de cacao

♦  1 ounce double cream

Shake all the ingredients together – vigorously! – and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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