The Hot Chocolate Cake from Drake Diner. Hot cocoa mixed with Three Olives Cake Vodka and topped with whipped cream.
Anatomy of a drink: Hot Chocolate Cake
Published on October 31st, 2013 | by Annie Preston
As the weather continues to cool down, icy margaritas and mojitos don’t have the same appeal as they did in July. For fall evenings, a cozy cup of hot cocoa seems more appropriate. The Drake Diner serves its hot chocolate drinks with a little something extra.
Owner Shannon Vilmain says the two most popular hot chocolate cocktails on the menu are the Peppermint Patty, with peppermint schnapps, and the Hot Chocolate Cake.
The Hot Chocolate Cake is a cup of hot cocoa mixed with Three Olives Cake Vodka and topped with whipped cream.
“It tastes just like chocolate cake,” Vilmain said.
On the night I visited the diner, the bartender was not shy with the Three Olives vodka. The result was something warm, sweet, chocolatey, and definitely boozy. It tastes enough like a dessert that if you’re too full from dinner but are still craving something sweet, this could do the trick. However, the vodka still gives it enough of a kick that it has more in common with a dessert martini than other dessert drinks like a mudslide.
My friend went off the menu and ordered his hot chocolate mixed with Frangelico hazlenut liqeur. Other options include the German Hot Chocolate with Malibu Rum and the Butterscotch Drop with Buttershots. One of the non-alcoholic offerings is the Hot Raspberry Truffle, which is made with raspberry syrup. All the hot chocolate drinks are topped with whipped cream.
Hot Chocolate Cake
Find it: Drake Diner, 1111 25th St.