5 chocolate cocktails you HAVE to try

Choc-aholics look away!

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We've discovered something that might just blow you away: chocolate + alcohol.

Yep, you saw that right, you can combine two heavenly albeit rather naughty ingredients, to make one beautiful cocktail that's just perfect for summer.

Next time you crave a bounty, how about enjoying that bounty in a fancy glass of rum? These recipes will be vital to any summer gathering you host this holiday.

Scroll down for some of the tastiest chocolate cocktail recipes we've come across.

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1. Chocolate shake with a twist

If you think a hot cup of chocolate is something you’d drink at Christmas or when it’s raining outside, you're clearly not a true choc-aholic - because chocolate is appropriate for ALL occasions. This recipe combines chocolate ice-cream with alcohol which makes it perfect for sipping on as you lounge in your garden.

You will need:

3 scoops good-quality chocolate ice cream

100ml ice cold milk

1 tsp smooth peanut butter (optional)

2 shots (1 shot is 25 ml) dark rum (like Santa Teresa)

Blitz the ice cream, milk and peanut butter together. Pour in the rum and stir to combine. Pour into tall glasses and serve. You could garnish with chocolate sprinkles or crumbled flake.

2. Chilli-spiced hot chocolate

Hot chocolate with an injection of alcohol is one of the most delicious things in the world. Yes, it may be a bit wintery, but we're in Britain, summer is pretty much the same as winter minus the un-wrapping of presents.

You will need:

250ml milk

3cm vanilla pod, seeds scraped out (or a drop of vanilla extract)

2 tsp sugar

2 tsp cocoa

1 tbsp single cream

a shot of rum (spiced is good if you have it but normal is fine as well)

tiny pinch of chilli flakes

2 cloves

½ cinnamon stick (or 1 tsp powder)

Infuse the milk, chilli, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla seeds together in a pan over a low heat. Separately, whisk the sugar, cocoa and a little cold milk together to form a paste, then add to the pan and whisk together.

Add the cream, warm gently and finally add the spiced rum. Strain into cups to serve.

3. After Eight cocktail

You will need:

1 shot of peppermint schnapps

3 shots chocolate milk (either follow the instructions on the back of whatever hot choc drink you've got, minus heating it up OR buy some chocolate flavoured milk)

ice cubes or crushed ice

Fill a tall glass with ice cubes or crushed ice. Pour in the peppermint schnapps and the chocolate milk. Shake or stir well.

4. White chocolatini

You will need:

1 1/2 ounce vanilla vodka

1 ounce white chocolate liqueur

2 ounce cream

white chocolate shavings for garnish

Pour the vodka, liquer and cream into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with white chocolate shavings.

5. Bounty cocktail

This is a chocolate drink with a tropical twist

You will need:

1 shot Malibu coconut rum

1 tbs golden syrup/honey

3 shots of chocolate milk

Shake well and pour over ice, top with cherry or chocolate sprinkles. Sit back, close your eyes and you can pretend you’re on a tropical island.

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