Things are heating up this winter at Kalki Moon as the team launches its new Chilli Chocolate Liqueur, along with the much-loved Chilli Vodka.
The new liqueur has a rich chocolate flavour with a subtle hint of chilli, which lingers on the taste buds and is perfect served on the rocks.
It's available from Saturday, 18 July.
Kalki Moon’s founder and master distiller Rick Prosser said the Chilli Chocolate Liqueur was their Choc-Hazelnut Liqueur infused with AustChilli’s peri peri chilli puree.
It can be served on the rocks, added to Coke to make a black Russian or even sipped with chilled milk.
“It has that little chilli flavour with a nice warmth on the back of your throat,” he said.
Rick said the Chilli Vodka was back by popular demand.
He first perfected the recipe in 2017 as part of Riverfeast’s Chilli and Lime Festival, and although this year the festival had been placed on hold because of COVID-19 restrictions, he and wife Kylie wanted to continue.
“It started off as 100 bottles, seasonal for winter, and this year we are now at 2000 bottles,” he said.
“It goes really fast, although we are hoping the 2000 bottle will see us through until Christmas, as we have an influx of visitors for Christmas and they just spot it and want it.
“I’d love to make it more often, but it’s really hard to make and it takes us a month.
“It is amazing in a bloody Mary, then you don’t have to worry about Tabasco, etc; just add tomato juice, cracked pepper and ice and it is really lovely.”
Chilli Vodka infused with local products
Rick said the Chilli Vodka was a product he was proud to make, especially knowing he was able to use locally sourced produce, and combine it perfectly with local ingredients.
“It’s the fourth year for the Chilli Vodka with 2000 bottles available, and the first year for Chilli Chocolate Liqueur and there will be 1000 bottles available,” he said.
“It’s nice to have two chilli products and we are glad to showcase the chillies from (Bundaberg’s) Austchilli.
“They take all our dunder from our rum which goes on the chillies to help them grow as it’s like an organic fertiliser, and then that comes back when we get the chillies from them – so it’s a full circle.
“We love to mix the Chilli Vodka with Bundaberg Brewed Drinks’ Blood Orange too.
“It’s actually now got a little bit of a cult following as people know now that every winter we release it and we get enquires from all around about it.”
To find out more about either of Kalki Moon’s limited released Chilli Vodka or Chilli Chocolate Liqueur click here.
- Earlier report: Kalki Moon's first export ships for England