There is no doubt that Chef Katherine Clapner and her team at Dude, Sweet Chocolate is taking chocolate out of the box. Based in Dallas, Texas, Dude, Sweet has all of the "regular" chocolate offerings in her shop, but the twists she puts on the traditional are what take them to a whole other level. Truffles made with Rogue Creamery's Blue Cheese ('nuff said) and Porcini Mushroom Fudge that has just the slightest back note of umami that makes you want to grab another demonstrate an expertise in flavor profiles and combinations, married to excellent chocolate-making. For a boozy turn, try her trio of potions: chocolate syrups made with agave, South American Dark Chocolate and Valrohna cococa, paired with liquors that make a perfect complement for cocktails. Break-up Potion is made with Breckenridge Bourbon to warm and soothe the broken heart; 100 Años Reposado tequila heats up the One Night Stand Potion; while the Love Potion #3 is the perfect accompaniment to a romantic night in when red zinfandel, brandy, citrus and spices are combined.

We love them because they're an elevated and thoughtful twist in the realm of bitters, in the sense that they create drinks with depth and complexity that don't overpower. What better gift to give yourself or a loved one this Valentine's Day. Sold in 4 oz and 16 oz bottles, a little can go a long way and they ship very quickly (it took us only 3 days from ordering to being on our bar).

No matter how you're celebrating, it's probably with a drink, so we've developed recipes that highlight each potion.

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Good Old Fashioned Love

This sweeter take on the Old Fashioned is perfect for sharing with the one you love.

In a rocks glass add the rye and chocolate syrup and stir thoroughly until the syrup is dissolved.

Add a large ice cube then take the orange peel, rub it on the rim of the glass, and use it for garnish along with a cocktail cherry.

 

Oaxacan-Lust-Cocktail

Oaxacan Lust

In a shaker, add ice and all of the other ingredients, chocolate syrup last. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.

Strain into a chilled coupe glass and serve neat.

 

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Happiness is a Warm Rum

In a small saucepan heat the cider until it starts to  simmer then transfer it to a mug. If you don't have the patience for that you can always pop a mug of cider in the microwave on high for 45 seconds.

Add in the rum and chocolate sauce and stir thoroughly. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

 

Smoke Before Fire

In a small saucepan heat the cider until it starts to  simmer then transfer it to a mug. If you don't have the patience for that you can always pop a mug of cider in the microwave on high for 45 seconds.

Add in the High West and chocolate sauce and stir thoroughly. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

 

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