Dark chocolate and whisky truffles, plus a cocktail

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All you fellow bloggers out there will know how many different ‘days’ there are. There’s chocolate day, pie day, heck, there’s even days dedicated to different herbs. So it should come as no surprise that there’s a day dedicated to whisky. But it’s very different. It’s so much more than eating a burger and using a certain hash tag. It’s a global celebration of Scotland’s national drink, when lovers of a dram across the world get together on 16 May and host events to celebrate the water of life. It’s otherwise known as World Whisky Day.

To do my bit for all things whisky, and celebrate that 2015 is the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland, I’ve come up with two different recipes. I’ve talked about whisky on Wine and Olives in the past, and so many of your lovely comments have said that you’re not whisky fans. I can understand that. Until two years ago, I would never have dreamed of ordering a dram. That’s now changed, and I’ve grown to really appreciate this drink. But if you’re still reluctant to dabble, here are two recipes that have whisky in them, married together with other some other winning ingredients, that I’m pretty sure will change your mind. I mean chocolate plus pretty much anything is a winner, right?

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The first recipe is for dark chocolate and whisky truffles. Wow these are good. They’re pretty straightforward to make and will give that, ‘did you really make those yourself?’ reaction from your friends. The whisky helps tone down the richness of the chocolate and leaves a hint of alcohol on the tastebuds, making them all the more grown-up. Here’s what you’ll need to make around 20 truffles:

  • 100g of dark chocolate
  • 100ml of double cream
  • 20ml of Old Pulteney whisky
  • 20g of butter
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of honey
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a heatproof bowl. Put to one side.
  • In a saucepan, heat the cream and butter over a low heat until it starts to bubble. Then remove it from the heat and pour over the chocolate.
  • Stir the mixture until the chocolate has melted. Add the whisky, cinnamon and honey and mix well until combined. Put the mixture in the fridge and allow to cool for at least two hours.
  • Remove the mixture from the fridge. Using a teaspoon, spoon out a little of the mixture at a time and shape them into small balls. Roll each truffle in cocoa powder and keep in the fridge until serving.

These truffles are so easy but seriously pack a punch on the flavour front. If you have any left (doubtful, I know) these freeze really well.

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Chocolate is all well and good, but it would be nice to have a cocktail to sip with it, wouldn’t it? My cocktail combines vanilla chai tea, amaretto and whisky, which makes for a delicious introduction to Scotland’s national drink. For one cocktail, you’ll have to get your hands on:


  • Chocolate and whisky truffles 650ml of vanilla chai tea, chilled
  • 50ml of Monkey Shoulder whisky
  • 25ml of amaretto
  • Make half a cup of vanilla chai tea and cool in the fridge. The tea will need to be cold before you can add it to the cocktail.
  • To a cocktail shaker, add the whisky and amaretto, followed by the cold tea. Stir gently until the ingredients have combined before straining into a cocktail glass.


The whisky cuts through the sweetness of this cocktail, while the tea gives it herbal notes and adds another dimension to the flavour.

So, have these two recipes convinced you to get a little more experimental with whisky? If you’re based in Edinburgh, there’s also a huge event taking place here – tickets are available via the World Whisky Day website if you would like to attend. Or maybe even host your own event for World Whisky Day? I’d love to hear your thoughts on these recipes and this fantastic event.

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  • http://meandmr.com melaniekay

    Wow, those look incredible! I need to eat one of those ASAP.
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Mel! I’m actually eating one as I type ;-)

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Yum, both these recipes look delicious! It’s true, I’m not a whisky drinker, but I can enjoy just about anything disguised in a chocolate or cocktail ;) xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Too true Miranda, chocolate is a winner with anything!x

  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    I love making truffles, so these go on the list! I am sure I could use the left over whisky to make Baileys as I am not so keen on whisky!! Love whisky when hidden in other things though!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I love making truffles too Holly! Using the leftover whisky to make Baileys is a great idea!x

  • http://a-highland-fling.blogspot.co.uk/ Emma

    Can I come over for tea?

    Em x

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Anytime Emma! I’ll make an extra big batch of truffles :-)

  • http://www.birchjuiceblog.com Kasi Zlochevski

    Those truffles look incredible, and I don’t mind a little liquor in my dessert! I couldn’t drink straight whiskey and enjoy it, but I would be able to have it in a cocktail. I really need to give whiskey another chance :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks so much Kasi! It took me a long time to get into whisky, but I found cocktails were a good introduction x

  • http://confuzzledom.wordpress.com/ bevchen

    Oh yum! I wonder if my boyfriend would let me steal some of our whiskey to make truffles with?

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I’m sure if you ask nicely and share some of the truffles he will ;-)

  • http://littleturkishgirl.blogspot.com Ashley J

    Well since you enticed me with a cocktail…

    Please tell me that is your wedding ring! If so, so cool that it’s PURPLE. My fave.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Ashley, you’re too kind! Yes, it’s my engagement ring :-)

  • http://www.brookemeaganjones.com/ Brooke Jones

    Now there’s a celebration that I can support! I’m a whisky fan, so I’ll take it in any form, but those truffles look especially delicious! My anniversary is actually May 16th, so I think we’ll have to celebrate with whisky this year!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Happy anniversary for Saturday Brooke! I’m also loving the fact that you are a whisky fan :-)

  • http://www.mintnotion.com/ Eden Mint

    These sounds delicious, definitely need to try them :)


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thank you! I must admit, that bowl didn’t hang around for long after I’d photographed them ;-)

  • Corinne C

    Yum yum, this looks delicious! I’d love to try some of those truffles!

    Corinne x

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Corinne! They were a little too easy to eat, so they disappeared pretty quickly x

  • http://sarastrauss.blogspot.com/ Sara Strauss

    YUM!! This looks so so good! I could definitely eat that whole bowl in one sitting. #noshame
    Sincerely, Sara

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      We did after we had photographed them Sara. And I didn’t even feel guilty #sorrynotsorry

  • http://pyreflies.org Jessica Pyreflies

    they look delicious! and beautiful photos :)


  • http://somethingshavehappened.blogspot.co.uk/ Siobhan

    Mr Mac should learn to make these truffles as he loves making boozy sweet treats (like adding Balvenie Doublewood to Pecan Pie – seriously)

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    I have an extreme fear of brown liquor that has prevented me from trying it on its own (I’ve only recently started enjoying it as part of a cocktail). I think mixing it into a chocolate truffle would be the perfect baby-step for me!