I am old enough to remember fashion, hair, make-up and most definitely music from the 80s. The decade was about success, excess and not being afraid to show it across parts of the world which were in economic boom. There has been an obvious revival of that decade’s trends in recent years and the 80s was the first thing that sprung to mind upon being presented with Shangri-La’s Sugar Hit for 2010, replete with miniature gold foil umbrella.
Almost every drink was served with a paper umbrella (one of my favourite kitschy items) back then – from alcoholic cocktails to soft drinks for kids – in a myriad of bright garish colours. So it is fitting that Shangri-La’s interpretation of black forest cake, a most popular dessert choice in the day, in cocktail form be adorned with one and a shiny gold one at that. We were excited to see Brown Brothers Cienna & Cabernet make an appearance again, as we had learnt from Glass’ Sugar Hit that its berry flavours match rather well with chocolate.
The ‘Black Forest cocktail’ itself is made up of a ‘vanilla panna cotta’ at the bottom with visible vanilla seeds. Its taste however is not all that vanilla-y and is not set how I expect a panna cotta to be, with a texture more akin to a whipped thickened cream. There’s also an artificial-tasting flavour which I can’t identify that could be a liqueur of some sort? On top of this sits a thin round of ‘cocoa sponge’ which is on the dry side and a disc of tempered dark chocolate. Balanced atop these layers is a lacy dark chocolate ring which holds a mousse-like ‘chocolate cream, cherries in kirsch and chocolate bonbon’. The cherries are quite intense in their alcoholic flavour while the bonbon has a soft chocolate ganache centre. Spiked into this basket of chocolate cream are three tempered dark chocolate “legs” as well as that umbrella.
The tempered chocolate is a standout with a distinct crack when broken into with a spoon, however it is also this characteristic which makes it a little hard to eat when not on a plate and with soft foundations underneath. The panna cotta leaves us confused with its texture and flavour, but this dessert cocktail’s other components are definitely true to that of a black forest cake.
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