Chocolate isn’t only reserved for cakes and cookies, and chocolate drinks aren’t only for the little ones. Grown-ups can enjoy the deliciously sweet taste of chocolate in their cocktails thanks to chocolate liquers, chocolate vodka, and other chocolate-flavored ingredients.
Death by Chocolate
When you ask someone to think of a chocolate drink or cocktail, the first thing that’ll probably pop into their head is a Death by Chocolate. This classic drink calls for a generous helping of chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup. If that wasn’t chocolate-y enough for your liking, it also has crème de cacao liqueur thrown in – an ingredient that you’ll see pop up many times in this list. To spice things up a little, try adding a bit of coffee liqueur or vodka to your Death by Chocolate. Don’t worry, these add-ons won’t overpower the drink, rather it will serve to enhance the chocolate flavor and give it an extra “kick.”
Twist & Shout
If you’ve ever been to the Hard Rock Café, chances are you’ve tried one of their best-selling Twist & Shout cocktails. This concoction is one of the booziest among the bunch, which is also probably why it is one of the most sought after as well. It features a balanced blend spiced rum, Guinness, and crème de cacao liqueur. Vanilla ice cream is also tossed into the mix to make this already decadent drink thicker and creamier. To top it all off, the makers of the Twist & Shout decided to top it with salted caramel syrup as well as crumbled bacon bits.
The Bay Hill Hummer
If the last entry on this list seemed a bit over the top for your liking, then the Bay Hill Hummer may be a better fit to your tastes. Compared to most of the other entries here, this ice cream cocktail is fairly simple. To make it, you’ll only need four bar and pantry staples – vanilla ice cream, brandy, vodka, and that all-important crème de cacao liqueur. This recipe was developed by the legendary Arnold Palmer for his golfing club in Orlando, so you know you absolutely can’t go wrong with it. If you want, you can garnish this drink with a sprig of mint.
The Chocolate Martini
If you want to feel like James Bond while still enjoying the taste of cacao, then the Chocolate Martini is the drink for you. The Chocolate Martini is perfect for parties since you’ll only need two ingredients at the very least. You can add other ingredients, but remember that sometimes it is best to keep things simple. All you need to build this drink is vodka and chocolate liqueur. Because of this drink’s simplicity, it is fairly easy to customize. You can use creamier liqueurs such as Godiva or clearer ones like crème de cacao. For some added flair, dip the rim of the glass in some chocolate shavings then garnish with an orange or lemon peel.
The White Chocolate Martini
You’ll come to find that the martini is the drink that comes with the most chocolate-y varieties. Another updated version of this classic drink is the white chocolate martini. Its star ingredient is the ever-elusive and hard to find white chocolate liqueur. Not being able to find this ingredient may turn you away from this drink, but once you’ve tasted this concoction, you’ll want be more than willing to take the time to hunt it down. You might even stock up on it. Once you’ve found some white chocolate liqueur, pair it with vanilla vodka and a bit of cream to balance out the drink’s alcohol content.
The Chocolate and Orange Martini
If you can’t get enough of these chocolate martinis, try to add a bit of orange liqueur to them – remember a little bit goes a long way. Chocolate and orange are a classic flavor pairing, so you probably won’t grow tired of it. To accomplish this amazing feat of mixology, you’ll only need a few basic ingredients – things you’ll most likely already have on hand if you like to entertain guests. This recipe calls for vodka, white crème de cacao liqueur, and just a hint of orange liqueur.
If you’re the type of person that can’t function in the morning without coffee, you’ll be glad to know that you can also add this flavor to your chocolate cocktails. The mochatini calls for a splash of coffee liqueur to be added to the much simpler chocolate martini recipe of just vanilla vodka and chocolate liqueur. If you’re starting to get tired of your usual chocolate cocktail, this offers a deeper flavor that is best enjoyed through sips.
Another classic drink that you can put a twist on with some chocolate is the margarita. Traditionally fruity and a bit sour – mostly coming in lime, lemon, and strawberry varieties – a chocolate margarita is a surefire hit for anyone with a sweet tooth. This drink takes five minutes to make, and requires tequila, chocolate liqueur, cream, chocolate bitters, as well as a splash of orange or lime juice to ensure that the chocolate taste isn’t overpowering. Use some sugar and cocoa powder for rimming and some shave chocolate for garnishing.
The Dark ‘n Fluffy
If you’ve ever encountered marshmallow vodka on one of your trips to the grocery store and have always wanted to try it, the best opportunity to do so is in a Dark ‘n Fluffy cocktail. The name of this drink may sound more appropriate for a stuffed animal, but don’t let that mislead you. This drink is sure to be a crowd pleaser at any event. The Dark ‘n Fluffy uses a mixture of marshmallow vodka and chocolate liqueur for sweetness and “darkness,” as well as some cream for “fluffiness.” Torch some mini marshmallows on an open flame and put them on top for a fun garnish.
The Mint ChocoChata Martini
If you want a drink reminiscent of the many RumChatas you had on your holidays to the tropics, you’ll quickly turn into a fan of the Mint ChocoChata Martini, which is a more indulgent version of the Grasshopper Martini. Another cocktail on this list that belongs to the martini family, you’d think that people will get tired of them at this point – but, no. All these drinks begin with the same foundation of vodka and some type of liqueur, but their flavor profiles are widely different. For this drink, you’ll need cream liqueur and chocolate vodka, as well as a couple ounces of green crème de menthe, which gives a minty flavor that matches well with chocolate.
The Talking Monkey
You can never go wrong with pairing chocolate and bananas, whether in dessert or drink form. If you’re bent on experiencing the taste of a banana split or a frozen chocolate-covered banana, then the Talking Monkey cocktail is the perfect way to satisfy your cravings. This tastes like the desserts mentioned, but with a hint of coffee flavor added to it. This recipe requires you to mix dashes of espresso vodka and coffee liqueur with a shot each of chocolate vodka and banana liqueur. Then for added texture and sweetness, add a bit of cream.
The Friar Tuck
If you want to go classic with your chocolate cocktail, then maybe you should try the Friar Tuck. This drink is different from the other ones mentioned on this list, as it has a nutty flavor thanks to the addition of hazelnut liqueur, Frangelico. Combine a bit of Frangelico with some cream or half and half as well as crème de cacao to enjoy an old-school drink that is anything but boring. Make sure to serve your Friar Tuck in a cocktail glass with a sprig of mint as garnish to make it extra fancy.
The Cocoa Old-Fashioned
Chocolate cocktails aren’t only for vodka lovers. You can also add a chocolate flavor to whiskey mixes. One such drink is the Cocoa Old-Fashioned. While the recipe for this is fairly simple and only requires a couple of ingredients, it takes a bit of time to get it just right. You’ll need to infuse cocoa nibs in rye whiskey for a minimum of three days. Leaving the nibs in there for longer gives a more chocolate-y taste. When you’re ready to drink, add a couple of splashes of chocolate bitters.
The Liquid Bourbon Ball
If you like bourbon more than rye whiskey, you could still enjoy your favorite drink with the flavor of chocolate. The Liquid Bourbon Ball calls for a mixture of your favorite bourbon, crème de cacao, and hazelnut liqueur as well as some chocolate shavings for garnish. This drink isn’t too sweet, which allows the whiskey to shine through its chocolate and hazelnut flavorings. This drink is similar to a chocolate-y version of a Manhattan.
The Mounds Bar
Lastly, if you want something warm for a change, you can enjoy a Mounds Bar cocktail. The taste of this cocktail gets extremely close to the candy bar thanks to the addition of coconut rum. It only takes five minutes or less to prepare, but most of the time is dedicated to making hot chocolate the old-fashioned way. If you have some already made or if you’re planning to use a hot chocolate mix, you’ll only need to mix it with a couple ounces of coconut rum, and you’re done. Put some whipped cream or marshmallows on top as a garnish, if you’d like.
There you go – 15 different chocolate cocktails to satisfy your cacao and alcohol cravings. If you’re running out of ideas of what to serve your guests, then these will offer a very welcome change. The best part is that these recipes share a lot of the same ingredients, so you won’t need to spend a lot to make these drinks.
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