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Chocolate mousse made with Baileys is pretty much heaven. However, what other liqueurs (not generic Baileys) would give this favorite dessert a well needed kick? Here is the link to make the Bailey's mousse. I want to be able to taste the liqueur as if I were drinking it, but without it overpowering the chocolate (or falling over sideways).

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    Would it work with a caramel vodka, such as Smirnoff Kissed Caramel, or better, salted caramel vodka (such as Effen, Pinnacle, or Stoli)? The Bailey's has a bit of cream, so you might have to adjust (or use its recipe for fudge and 'pair' with vodka shots). – Giorgio Feb 24 '17 at 18:58
  • I like the salted caramel vodka, dash there goes the diet! – dougal 5.0.0 Feb 25 '17 at 5:34
  • @Nat Bowman. Many thanks for your edits, boy what a dumbo I was not to spot those! – dougal 5.0.0 Feb 25 '17 at 5:35
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I'm not a massive fan of Bailey's myself, but do love a chocolate mousse. Since unless you're going way overboard with the alcohol, you're not really going to disrupt the mousse and make it soupy, you can use anything that you think goes with chocolate. Personally, I love the following paired with a good dark chocolate:

  • Kahlua/Tia Maria (most similar in spirit to Bailey's)
  • Port or madeira
  • Deep but not too peaty Scotch
  • Dark rum (I'd leave the continental "rums" to fruit desserts, where they excel)
  • Brandy
  • Kirsch

I'd avoid lighter or delicate / floral spirits, since they don't really work (for me) with a deep dark chocolate.

I'd keep it to under about a shot per cup to avoid thinning the mousse too much. And please try a tiny pinch of salt, which the original recipe is missing but is essential for a good chocolate dessert!

  • Yup you are right about the salt - thanks for your advice and the answer. – dougal 5.0.0 Feb 25 '17 at 8:54

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