Why not trade in a hot chocolate for these velvety smooth alcoholic cocktails as a way to toast Chocolate Week ?

Here are our top three suggestions for scrummy sips of deliciousness in and around east London.

Chartreuse Hot Chocolate, The Manhattan's Project

CHARTREUSE Chocolate £8.50, The Manhattan’s Project , POND at Dalston.

This is simply steaming chocolate served up in a trendy tin mug, right?

Wrong. This is one scorching cacao-filled treat with attitude.

The tipple’s cheeky, fruity side - courtesy of vibrant green chartreuse and a punchy cherry heering - takes it far from the spheres of a bedtime comfort drink to something a lot more sassy.

Chocolate Flip, The Cocktail Trading Company

Chocolate Flip, £9, The Cocktail Trading Company Smithfield

It’s likely you’ll fancy trying some somersaults of your own after this tasty trio of strong spirits.

The Cacao-infused Chartreuse leads the way, and is joined by Bacardi eight year rum and tawny port for a syrupy, hearty taste.

The scoop of pistachio ice cream heaped atop oozes a creamy goodness for extra indulgence.

The Pearson Room chocolate cocktail

Oblique and Divine Chocolate, TBC, The Pearson Room .

Chocolate can be deep, dark and mysterious - just like this latest tipple to hit the Canada Square bar.

Event organisers Oblique have mixed their talents with the Divine Chocolate brand to create a series of rum-based cocktails with a cacao kick.

The sweet-toothed recipes will vary across the capital, so check out Canary Wharf’s offering this week.

See our pick of chocolate treats in Canary Wharf.