Here at Hot Dinners we like a good cocktail. We also like chocolate. But mixing these two lovely things together tends to conjure up images of the sickly sweet, syrup-laden glasses that we haven’t looked at since uni. So when we were invited to preview the new Chocolate Cocktail menu at Rivington Grill Shoreditch in association with super-cool New York chocolatiers MAST Brothers, curiosity got the better of us.
We're happy to report that we were very pleasantly surprised. Rivington Grill’s Bar Manager, Francesco Lombardi, has managed to come up with six cocktails incorporating MAST cocoa and cocoa nibs - none of which will make you feel like you need a trip to the dentist afterwards.
Our favourites were the Bittersweet Negroni (Beefeater Gin, chocolate-infused Campari, Antica Formula) – a big surprise for a diehard Negroni fan - and the Manhattan to Brooklyn (Chocolate infused Havana Especial, Antica Formula, Mozart White Chocolate, Cheery Heery), a delicious fusion of cocoa and cherries.
This new cocktail menu is part of a chocolate experience that you can do at Rivington Grill from now until January. For £35 you get a two course lunch or early supper, a chocolate cocktail from the menu, Tipsy Truffles, and a tour of the MAST chocolate factory (just around the corner) with chocolatey treats and drinks along the way. Yes you will need to like chocolate to enjoy it, but it’s not sickening like other chocolate tours we’ve done – this is the good stuff. One for the girls, or chocolate loving guys.
The chocolate experience at Rivington Grill is available now until January 2016. Find out how to book here.
Rivington Grill is at 28-30 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DZ. Find out more from them on Twitter @rivingtongrill.