There is no sweeter way to end a lovely romantic evening than with chocolate and alcohol. That’s right with Valentine’s Day right around the corner both men and women around the country are scrambling to create a night where their partners swoon. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with pomp and circumstance or whether you prefer a quiet night in, we have some perfect suggestions for your honey, especially if they are ethically minded. Below is a Fair Trade and Organic Drink Recipe for a Chocolate Martini and a delicious Fair Trade and Vegan Recipe for Red Velvet Cake. Making either of these, the matinini or the cake or even both combined will make sure your big date will end, well big. Happy Kisses!
Organic & Fair Trade Chocolate Martini Recipe:
2 oz Eco-Friendly Double Chocolate Vodka
1 oz Homemade Fair Trade and Organic Creme de Cocoa
Fair Trade/Organic Chocolate Shavings
Homemade Fair Trade and Organic Creme de Cocoa Recipe:
Makes enough for 4 drinks
2 oz Organic Vodka
1 tsp Organic/Fair Trade Cocoa
1/4 Cup Organic Corn Syrup
Before mixing the martinis, in a shaker combine the ingredients for Homemade Creme de Cocoa. We couldn’t find organic Creme de Cocoa already made so we concocted our own, it is pretty simple, however if you want to cheat you can purchase conventional Creme de Cocoa. Once you have all ingredients shake them up for a few minutes and set aside.
Pour 2 oz of Double Chocolate Vodka and 1 oz of the Creme de Cocoa you just made, over a handful of ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake until very cold, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with chocolate shavings. Serve with Red Velvet Cake listed below.
Double Chocolate Vodka: For a great Double Chocolate Vodka check out 360′s Double Chocolate Eco-friendly Vodka, the first on the market!
Organic Vodka: There are a few brands out there for plain organic vodka such as Square One Vodka, Rain Organic Vodka, and Tru Organic Vodka to name a few. You can also use the plain 360 Eco-friendly Vodka.
Organic/Fair Trade Cocoa: While there are plenty of Organic Cocoa Powders out on the market, there are a couple of companies that provide both Organic and Fair Trade Cocoa Powder such as Equal Exchange and Green & Black’s.
Organic/Fair Trade Corn Syrup: The only organic corn syrup currently on the market is made by Wholesome Sweeteners, it also happens to be Fair Trade certified. If you can not find this, you can substitute with another liquid sweetener such as organic agave.
Vegan & Fair Trade Red Velvet Cake:
2.5 Cups Organic Flour
2 Cups Evaporated Cane Juice or other sweetener
1/4 Cup Fair Trade Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Organic Baking Powder
1 tsp Organic Baking Soda
1 tsp salt
1.5 Cups Organic Vanilla Soymilk
2 tsps White Vinegar
1/2 Cup Organic Canola Oil
2.5 Tbls Soy Yogurt
2oz Vegan All Natural Red Food Coloring
3 tsps Organic Fair Trade Vanilla
Vegan Chocolate Creme Cheese Frosting:
1 Cup Organic Earth Balance or other vegan margarine
1 Cup Follow Your Heart Creme Cheese or other vegan creme cheese
1/8-1/4 Cup Fair Trade Cocoa Powder (see above)
2 Tsp Organic Fair Trade Vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use 2 9″ pans and grease lightly with Earth Balance or use non stick pans. In a mixing bowl combine the soy milk and vinegar and let it stand for 5 minutes. This should curdle a little. While this is settling, in an other bowl sift together the Flour, Cane Juice, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and Salt. After the soy milk and vinegar curdles, add in the Canola Oil, Soy Yogurt, Food Coloring, and Vanilla stir until combined. While mixing constantly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until no lumps occur. Pour the batter into the two 9″ pans and bake for 30-35 minutes.
While the cake is baking, mix in a large bowl softened Earth Balance, Creme Cheese, Cocoa Powder, and Vanilla. Stir until fully mixed and refrigerate until cake is cooled off. Frost the first layer, add the next layer, and frost the top. Garnish with shavings from a Fair Trade Chocolate bar or berries (think red: strawberries or raspberries). Serve with Organic Wine, Organic Champagne with Stawberries, or the Chocolate Martinis listed above.