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A few days ago, I had a cocktail called "Winter queen". It may have been a specialty of the place where I had it, I couldn't find any recipe for it when I searched for it. The menu listed it as "a hot chocolate beverage with rum, topped with cream".

Based on the taste, I can say that the thing had rather low alcohol content, but the rum aroma was fairly strong. Also, I am not sure what liquid they used for the chocolate "beverage" - there must have been some milk in it, but I don't think it was straight full-fat milk. I suspect that it also had other spices, maybe some vanilla, and it was slightly sweet, but not oversweetened. The cream was only a swirl of whipped cream from a NO-bottle, with some chocolate-deco sprinkles on top.

I tried to copy it at home, but couldn't get the same result. I started with semi-sweet chocolate, melted with sweetened milk, added vanilla aroma, a pinch of salt, and Bacardi Gold rum. With a small amount of rum, it didn't have enough taste. When I added more rum, it got very bitter and alcoholic. Also, something with the fat content wasn't right - the original drink was less rich, but still quite smooth, unlike water-based hot chocolate.

Should I have tried to do it some other way? Did I use the wrong rum? Would it have helped to cook the rum first, so some of the alcohol evaporates? Is there a better way to mix it? And what about the smooth-without-fat problem?

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Where did you have this cocktail? –  KatieK Feb 13 '12 at 17:08
    
There is rum extract, that may help getting the rum flavor w/o the alcohol. –  derobert Feb 13 '12 at 17:19
    
@KatieK in a place in Stuttgart - strangely, it had a Maredo brand on the outside, but it didn't have the Maredo menu inside - it was more of a bistrot-like place, with mostly drinks and cakes and a few snacks/salads/antipasti, not a steakhouse. I checked the Maredo website, they don't mention such cocktails. –  rumtscho Feb 13 '12 at 17:31
    
@rumtscho - I was thinking of calling them, but perhaps not. –  KatieK Feb 13 '12 at 17:35
    
I agree with derobert - rum flavour without alcohol suggests a rum syrup. –  ElendilTheTall Feb 13 '12 at 20:56

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I never heard of "Winter Queen" cocktail

But if you're talking about the "SNOW QUEEN COCKTAIL", I found the recipe here:

Snow Queen Cocktail Recipe

Snow Queen Cocktail Ingredients

Instructions

Mix the Vanilla Vodka, Baileys and Creme de Menthe with ice in a shaker then drain into a glass omitting the ice (or you can cheat/skip this part by chilling the Vodka and Baileys in a fridge). Then add the Cream and a dash of Chocolate Syrup, stir, add the Milk and stir again.

This is based on the recipe for the popular but seasonal Snow Queen served in Revolution Vodka bars. Now you don't have to wait until Winter to get one! Note: All the ingredients should be correct but the Milk and Fresh Cream measurements are a best guess. Experiment and enjoy :)

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Interesting. I am sure mine didn't have creme de menthe or Bailey's, but it could have been a simplification of the original. –  rumtscho Mar 23 '12 at 14:31
    
Maybe this recipe might help you find the one you are looking for? –  Pascal Qyy Mar 25 '12 at 17:07

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