What Do You Make of Novelty Booze, Like This Chocolate Gin and Beer?

By Kat Hannaford on at

I won't lie -- I'll usually allow any type of gin to pass through my lips, but even I had to pause when I heard that that purveyor of posh chocs, Hotel Chocolat, has created a limited-run gin and beer infused with cocoa shells. (That's gin and beer on their own, not mixed -- as if cocoa-flavoured gin wasn't enough of a swerve.) So, novelty drinks -- chilli whiskey, vanilla vodka, heck, even gingerbread-flavoured Kahlua...what's your take on 'em?

If you're in the pro camp and are already dreaming of pairing a cocoa beer with a scoop of creamy artisan vanilla bean ice cream, Hotel Chocolat describes its gin as "exceptionally smooth; a fresh edge of juniper, citrus and perfumed coriander kissed by spicy, complex cocoa, followed by a rich, satisfying macadamia nut finish," whereas the beer is a 4.7 per cent Porter-style ale affair with "the warming flavour of cocoa shells to create a complex, rounded ale of real character, with pleasing savoury bitterness and notes of tobacco, cocoa and coffee."

Tempted? Both have been announced this week, with the beer coming in at £5 per 500ml bottle, and the gin £4 for 50ml, or £15 for 250ml.