Having set the challenge as cocktails this month, I was at a bit of a loss. My inspiration was pretty much used up creating chocadoodledoo and rhubarbarella earlier in the summer. I know very little about cocktails really; Sloe Comfortable Screw is the only one I remember from the odd one that passed my lips back in my glory days as a student - not because of what was in it, but because of the rather shocking name. This challenge has made me feel like a student all over again; it's been a journey of discovery and I now want to try all those cocktails and liqueurs I've never heard of before.
Thank you so much to those who helped celebrate this birthday month by coming up with ingenious and beautiful to behold cocktail inspired offerings. The usual burst of creativity has struck once again and we have a wide array of cocktail interpretations including cake, cupcakes, desserts, macarons, truffles, tarts and even cocktails. Pina colada, a well known cocktail combining rum, pineapple and coconut proved to be very popular - hmmm, I wonder how many nights have been spent propping up bars in tropical locations? But even with these, no two interpretations were the same.
Natalie has kindly agreed to host next month's We Should Cocoa, so do head over to the HungryHinny tomorrow to find out what she has in store for us in October.
Painkiller cupcakes, don't sound that much fun to me, but Ros of The More Than Occasional Baker thought these were just the thing to get the party started with a swing. When I found out they contained rum and pineapple and orange curd and coconut and white chocolate and then saw how luscious they looked, I was of course won right over and couldn't care less what they were called.
pina colada cake. Johanna also used the cake as an opportunity to try out a new green icing pen to good effect.
pina colada cake. The creativity of bloggers never fails to impress me. Two cakes inspired by the same cocktail, but both totally different. Claire's most definitely contained alcohol and is quite a splendid affair. The white chocolate, cream cheese and yogurt icing sounds so very good and is something I am going to have to try very very soon.
mojito macarons. Because I'm just a little bit jealous of her skill and flair, I can't help letting on that in her enthusiasm she forgot to add the lime to the mint and rum.
Black Forest Manhattan. Single malt whisky, cherry liqueur and chocolate of course combined to pack, what I imagine to be, a very powerful punch.
pina colada cupcakes this time. Janice of Farmersgirl Kitchen used fresh pineapple and had a funky new pineapple gadget she wanted to try. To see how she got on, check out her post which features a video of her endeavours.
Autumn Dream, contains pear, hazelnut cake, chocolate mouse and chantilly cream. It's also flavoured with Amaretto and Tia Maria - dreamy indeed.
Chocolate Russian macarons.
pamplemousse financiers complete with caramalised grapefruit.
Campari and orange dazzle cake was inspired by the cocktail Campari Orange Passion, another one I have yet to be introduced to. If truth be told I'm not sure I've even tasted Campari. Anyway, Laura's cake has dazzled me, I'm itching to try it.
Cosmopolitan truffles. Natalie of HungryHinny explains that the Cosmopolitan is a mix of vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry juice and a twist of lime. Her truffles echo these ingredients in a white chocolate ganache which is itself covered in white chocolate - pure indulgence.
chocolate margarita cake using the margarita combination of tequila, triple sec and lime - my new found confidence immediately took a knock as I had to google triple sec. Jean was so impressed with the cake that it is now her favourite flourless chocolate torte.
French martini macarons. French martini is Hannah's favourite cocktail and guess what? I had to google this one too. It's a mix of vodka, raspberry liqueur, pineapple juice and lemon. In honour of WSC's 2nd birthday, Hannah has produced perfect chocolate macarons filled with a chambord chocolate ganache (which she chose in recognition of its presence in the first ever WSC challenge) and topped with dried pineapple.
chocolate champagne floats, the glass broke and she had to take the shots with the contents pouring out. Chocolate ice-cream, raspberry sorbet topped up with champagne has now been added to my "100 things to do before I die" list.
chocolate mint rum cocktail cupcakes. This is, apparently, a real cocktail mix, but I couldn't find a fancy name for it.
Tuesday Tumble - a mix of Agavero (another one I had to google), Amaretto and bourbon with the chocolate component cleverly attached to the rim of the glass. Thank you Juliet, a great way to celebrate two birthdays :)
mojito cocktail cupcakes were envisioned, created, photographed and eaten. I hope these lime drizzle cupcakes with a mint and white chocolate icing helped alleviate some of the pain of a very stressful month.
chocolate and whisky tartlets. I was very pleased to see another take on the challenge and these tartlets layered with pastry, whisky chocolate and cream sound rather tempting.
chocolate martini last thing on Sunday night comes Lucy of The Kitchenmaid. I really like this idea of Lucy's: a combination of vodka and vanilla syrup poured over a square of chocolate. I'm left wondering just how luscious a square of vanilla vodka soaked chocolate is.