The Belgian Detective

The Belgian Detective is a rich, sweet, chocolatey drink, garnished with cherries.

I think I’ve mentioned before that one of our favorite pandemic pleasures has been watching the fantastic series of Agatha Christie’s Poirot adaptations on Britbox. I have loved these since high school (in the 80s!) and they continued to film new ones until 2013, so this has been a wonderful roll-out. David Suchet is clearly the best Poirot there could ever be.

I was pleasantly surprised that Max and Elizabeth have loved it as much as I do. Tonight, I created special Agatha Christie-style drinks (cocktails for us; a mocktail for Max; even a mocktail for Pabu) with the goal of making something that Poirot himself would enjoy. This is trickier than it sounds, perhaps. He has a refined palate, an inveterate sweet tooth, a concern for appearances (especially his own), and doesn’t usually imbibe.

It needed to be sophisticated, reminiscent of the 1930s, and the sweeter the better. A tall order.

Not to be deterred, I decided to focus on the sweetness. For Max’s mocktail, I decided that a deep, rich European chocolate flavor would be the base. I gave it more depth with other pantry items that you’d use for baking: vanilla, sugar, and even salt. Grenadine adds even more sweetness and warms up the color too, with a little bit of rosy red.

Mon ami, mon ami! C’est bon.


  • Milk,  1 1/2 cups

  • Chocolate syrup, to desired level of chocolatiness (I used a lot, to get a European level of deep flavor)

  • approx 1 tsp brown sugar

  • approx 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

  • approx 2 tsp grenadine

  • approx 1/4 tsp salt

  • Garnish: maraschino cherries


  • Blend all ingredients, except garnish, together for about 10 seconds.
  • Use a beautiful glass.
  • Garnish generously.
Solved on April 25, 2021

1 comment

  1. ELIZABETH A. DENOMA06/17/2021 | Reply

    He loved it, too!

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