White chocolate lovers rejoice – I have a boozy toasted white chocolate mocha for you today! Another installment in my boozy adult lattes, this latte doesn’t require any actual toasting of white chocolate to make the drink. Rather, it relies on a small splash of caramel syrup to give it that nutty, toasty, sugary flavor you’d get from toasting white chocolate.
I’ve partnered with Ballotin Whiskey again and I’m featuring their Chocolate Mocha Cream in today’s latte. I can’t keep this in the house – we’re adding it to everything. Cocktails, coffee, hot chocolate. Sometimes, just over ice with a little Rumchata or chocolate liqueur added.
While this latte does call for white chocolate liqueur, if you already love white chocolate, you’ll love adding this to your cocktails.
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What’s in a Toasted White Chocolate Mocha?
Non-boozy versions of the drink usually call for espresso, toasted white chocolate syrup, steamed milk and whipped toppings. But I wanted to avoid adding another syrup to my bar, and instead went for the white chocolate liqueur.
While I don’t have an espresso machine at home, I tested this with strong coffee and had amazing results. If you have espresso at home by all means use it to build this drink. But, if you don’t, don’t let it stop you. It’s fabulously tasty with strong brewed coffee.
Because I wasn’t adding a commercial toasted white chocolate syrup, I needed to add in a flavor that could mimic the toasting process. When something sweet is toasted, the sugars caramelize as they toast. Rather than taking the time to physically toast the white chocolate (something that takes about an hour), I decided to add that buttery sweetness in with a splash of salted caramel syrup.
I didn’t add much because I wanted to keep the white chocolate/coffee combination as the main flavor, but just enough to give that tiny bit of toasted sugar flavor.
When I make a hot coffee drink, I like to combine the coffee, alcohol and syrup together in the mug and heat them in the microwave. This does two things: 1) it heats up the alcohol and the syrup just enough that they don’t cool down the drink too much, and 2) it heats up the mug so the cocktail stays warm while you sip it.
Garnishing your Boozy Toasted White Chocolate Mocha
Let’s keep this easy – whipped cream, a touch of red sugar and a white chocolate candy. In my case, to make the red sugar, I blended some freeze-dried raspberries with an equal volume of granulated sugar. I just pulsed a few times until the sugar was a dark pink color and sprinkled it on top of the whipped cream.
One note: if you like your steamed milk frothed, make sure to leave room at the top of the cup for the whipped cream you’ll add. If not, you’ll have an overflow issue. The heavier cream will press down on the foam, and the foam will poke up about the edges. As the cream melts from the heat of the froth and coffee, you’ll have tiny streamers of latte dripping down the edge of the glass.
About Ballotin Whiskey
Ballotin Whiskey got its start in Louisville working with the industry giant Flavorman to create a line of flavored whiskies. Of course, being from Louisville, there’s a plethora of Brown-Forman experience with co-owner Paul Tuell to create a flavored whiskey that’s approachable to whiskey newbies and interesting for bourbon enthusiasts alike. By carefully choosing the sourced whiskey at its base, the Ballotin line aims to keep a whiskey flavor while building on those flavors with additions like chocolate, bourbon ball and mint.
The flavored whiskies they produce work wonders in cocktails to add whiskey and sweet flavors together. In fact, they’re so good, you could just drink them over ice as a cocktail themselves. Ballotin makes a full line of flavors, including Caramel Turtle, Bourbon Ball, Chocolate Mint, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Chocolate Cherry Cream and Chocolate Mocha Cream.
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Toasted White Chocolate Mocha
- 1.5 oz Ballotin Chocolate Mocha Cream
- 1 oz white chocolate liqueur
- 4 oz steamed milk
- 3 oz strong coffee or espresso
- Splash of caramel syrup
- Topping: whipped cream raspberry sugar** (or red granulated sugar), white chocolate square
- In a heat-proof mug, combine Ballotin Chocolate Mocha Cream, white chocolate liqueur, and coffee or espresso. Add steamed milk and stir again. Top with whipped cream, white chocolate square and raspberry sugar or red holiday sugar.