Recreating the flavor of chocolate cake seems like a pretty easy task, especially if you’re using chocolate-flavored things to do it. But this namesake shot tastes like the real thing, even though there’s nothing actually chocolatey about it. We’re talking about the phenomenon that is the Chocolate Cake Shot. Vodka and Frangelico come together in this simple mix to somehow create the experience of liquid chocolate cake. Add a sugared rim to the glass, and you have a sweet, satisfying shooter that even the most shot-averse people will love.
If you’re not familiar with Frangelico, now’s the time to get acquainted. The classic Italian liqueur is made from Tonda Gentile hazelnuts, which are found in Italy’s Piedmont region. They are combined with coffee, cocoa and vanilla distillates to create a rich, golden liquid that many enjoy on ice as an after dinner drink. When stirred together with vodka, the mix tastes like rich, fluffy chocolate cake. The shot is often served with a lemon wedge for a bright citrus finish, but it’s not absolutely necessary if you don’t have any lemons around.