Chocolate Whiskey Enlightenment

by Justin D'Olier on February 23, 2012 | (2) Comments |

Dave Newman, the Bar Manager / Bad-Ass Extraordinaire at Nobu (I believe this is his official title), is too good at his job. By the time I leave Nobu, I’m usually too drunk to remember what new amazing cocktail Dave whipped up, let alone write about it with any type of clarity (“I’m vaguely sure that it had whiskey in it and I’m 83% sure it was served in a glass”). In order to combat this problem, the most recent time I visited Dave at Nobu I took a picture of the first drink of the night and jotted a few notes on a cocktail napkin. (Notes: Contains whiskey. Served in glass.)

After I woke up the next morning, drank a strong cup of coffee, and tried to kill my splitting hangover with bacon, the memory of that first drink stuck with me with exceptional clarity. No hangover could make me forget the Whiskey a Cho Cho.

Whiskey a Cho Cho

Chocolate Whiskey Enlightenment

Dave set down a napkin, a drink, a plate, Maldon sea salt infused with fresh vanilla, and two small rounds of Valrhona chocolate, one 40% and other 70% cacao. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to eat, drink, or figure out the meaning of life by using the items to solve a Buddhist existentialist puzzle. Senseing my stunned amazement and excitement, Dave played the role of Bodhisattva and explained the significance of each item.

“Dip the chocolate in the sea salt. Take a bite. Then take a sip.”

I followed his instructions.

Dip. Bite. Sip.

The world slipped away.

Dip. Bite. Sip.

I became one with the universe.

Dip. Bite. Sip.

I was sitting underneath a waterfall in a forest glen while birds chirped and two naked, nubile goddesses hand fed me salty, chocolatey, whiskey-infused heaven.

Dip. Bite. Sip.

I needed to change my underwear.

The drink completely transformed depending on whether I drank it by itself, with the light chocolate, or with the dark chocolate. Each flavor was unique, interesting, sexy and vaguely reminiscent of the last sip, the alcohol infused equivalent of sleeping with triplets. It was so good, even a hangover couldn’t wipe the beautiful symphony of flavor from my mind. (Let’s be honest, no amount of alcohol can wipe away the memory of hooking up with triplets.)

So, go to Nobu. Order a Whiskey a Cho Cho. Dip the chocolate delicately in the vanilla infused sea salt. Take a bite of the salt encrusted chocolate, allowing the chocolate to slowly melt in your mouth. Take a sip of the amber cocktail, savoring the harmony of flavors. Savoring Nirvana.

Dip. Bite. Sip.

Dip. Bite. Sip.

Dip. Bite. Sip.

(Just remember to bring a change of underwear.)

2 responses to “Chocolate Whiskey Enlightenment”

  1. Dave Newman says:

    Honored!!!!