The American cocktail of the pre-prohibition era was long considered as an aid to good appetite, digestion, and cheer. These potent potables were created to be savoured and enjoyed as much for their tastes as their effects.
Prior to prohibition, cocktails such as the Manhattan, Martini, and Rob Roy were made with the fine quality spirits and fresh juices and/or fruits. New drinks owed their invention either to unusually enterprising bartenders, or to imaginative (and sometimes daring) patrons longing for new savours and flavours. During this time, “Have you tried this one?” was almost as frequent a prelude to something as “Have you heard this one?”.
Once prohibition was enacted, the “Golden Age of Cocktails” was thrown into a “Dark Ages” of sort, where top shelf spirits were lost to bathtub gin, rot gut whiskey, and many Americans raised during the Speakeasy age never really knew what a good quality drink was.
This collection of chocolate bonbons, crafted by The Chocolate Lab, represent an homage to nine classic pre-prohibition cocktails, using classic cocktail preparations inspired by the old 1935 Waldorf-Astoria bar book. Each classic cocktail is expertly paired with high quality spirits, and carefully curated with complimentary Single Origin chocolates, from different Cacao producing regions.
Poet’s Dream – (Drambuie, Vermouth, Gin) – Our signature dark chocolate blend, paired with a classic Poet’s Dream cocktail.
Rob’s Your Uncle – (Single Malt Scotch, Vermouth, Bitters) – Origin Vietnam dark milk chocolate ganache, paired with a classic Rob Roy cocktail.
Sherman – (Rye Whiskey, Vermouth, Absinthe, Bitters) Origin Colombia dark chocolate ganache, paired with a classic SGT. Sherman cocktail.
The Burbs – (Rye Whiskey, Port, Jamaican Rum, Bitters) Origin Nicaragua dark chocolate ganache, paired with a classic Suburban Handicap cocktail.
Lemon Drop – (Limoncello, Aromatics) Lemon infused white chocolate ganache with a classic Waldorf Lemonade cocktail.
Whiskey a Flip – (Whiskey, Aromatics) Creamy custard white chocolate ganache with Nutmeg, paired with a classic Flip cocktail.
Manhattan – (Rye Whiskey, Vermouth, Bitters) Origin Peru dark chocolate ganache, paired with a classic Manhattan cocktail.
Wild Cherry – (Gin, Cherry Brandy, Aromatics) Origin Vietnam extra dark chocolate ganache, paired with a classic Wild Cherry cocktail.
The Old Waldorf – (Rye Whiskey, Vermouth, Absinthe, Bitters) Origin Venezuela dark milk chocolate ganache lightly infused with pineapple, paired with a classic Waldorf #1 cocktail.
Ingredients: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter. May contain: milk, wheat, barley malt flour, soya lecithin, vanilla, fruit, colour, cacao nibs, salt, nuts, honey, natural flavouring. Created in a facility that works with peanuts, tree nuts and wheat products. Organic, natural, direct trade, and fair trade ingredients are used where possible.
Ingrédients: pâté de cacao, sucre, beurre de cacao. Peut contenir: lait, blé, farine de malt d’orge, lécithine de soja, arôme naturel de vanille, fruits, colorant(s), grains de cacao, sel, noix, produits des noix. Crée dans un établissement qui entrent en contact avec noix, arachides, and produits de blé. Ingredients biologiques, naturel, commerce direct/equitable sont utilisé si possible.