11 Chocolate Liqueur Cocktails to Elevate Your Evening

January 29, 2024 by

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Let’s be honest – chocolate is nothing short of a blessing to the human race. It’s really no wonder that chocolate liqueur cocktails are so popular at the moment. Did you know that aside from being ridiculously tasty, it could even make you happy? No kidding! Real cacao contains an amino acid that helps the brain to make serotonin; the literal thing that makes us feel good. 

So, whether you are looking for a deeply delicious Valentine’s Day cocktail, a dessert drink to wow your guests, or a sensational sipper to enjoy around a roaring fire, there’s a dapper chocolate liqueur drink that will fit the bill. Here are a few of our favorites.  

1. Chocolate Martini

Lush Chocolate Martini cocktails garnished with chocolate sprinkles

The Chocolate Martini makes for an indulgent nightcap that’s sure to impress your dinner party guests. In this cocktail sweetness and booziness come together for a tasty hit of chocolate in a glass. We love serving it with a salty accompaniment like roasted nuts, or small pieces of fruit cake for a truly decadent after-dinner moment.  

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2. Coffee Amaretto Hot Chocolate

Top view of three mugs of Ancho Reyes Hot Chocolate being poured. presented on a rustic wooden surface partially covered in a raw linen table cloth, with small cookies scattered around

Winter would not be winter without a hot cocktail with chocolate liqueur. To make this dreamy Coffee Amaretto Hot Chocolate, heat 4-6 oz whole milk, 1 oz caramel syrup, and 1 oz amaretto in a saucepan or the microwave. Pour into a double-walled glass or any glass suitable for serving hot drinks. Add 2 oz coffee liqueur and stir well. Top with whipped cream and garnish with coffee beans or chocolate shavings. 

3. Mudslide

Two Mudslide cocktails in Martini glasses

Typically made with coffee liqueur, the Mudslide is also a treat with chocolate liqueur used as an alternative. It’s one of those cocktails that’s just so delicious and morish that it’s borderline illegal. Simply put, it’s an adult coffee milkshake, but calling it that doesn’t really do justice to all the tasty layers of feel-good flavors in this much-loved chocolate liqueur cocktail. 

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4. Chocolate Old Fashioned

Two Chocolate Old Fashioned cocktails on a table inside a modern home lounge next to a fireplace

If you’re keen to experiment with a cocoa liqueur cocktail, but crave something a little more sophisticated, we recommend you try the Chocolate Old Fashioned. This riff on the classic Old Fashioned is super easy to shake up, and even easier to sip on. To make one, add 1.5 oz chocolate liqueur, 3 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon, 1 oz simple syrup, and three dashes of bitters to a mixing glass with ice. Stir to combine, strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice, and garnish with an orange twist.  

5. Viennese Chocolate Cake

Two Viennese Chocolate Cake shots on a table in a cosy warm kitchen with snow falling outside the window

We love ending off a meal with easy chocolate liqueur cocktails. A fun way to go is to serve a ‘shortie’, or small drink. To make a luxurious yet petite Viennese Chocolate Cake drink, combine 2 oz chocolate liqueur, 1 oz apricot brandy, and 1 teaspoon of apricot jam in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frosty, strain into a small serving glass, give it a topping of whipped cream, and sprinkle over chocolate shavings for extra yum. 

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6. Chocolate Margarita

Three Chocolate Margarita cocktails with cocoa rims

Looking for a chocolate liqueur cocktail recipe with a tequila kick? We’ve got just the one. To make a dashing Chocolate Margarita, add 1 oz chocolate liqueur, 1 oz Grand Marnier, 2 oz Espolòn Tequila Blanco, and 2 oz cream to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frosty and strain into a cinnamon sugar-rimmed serving glass over fresh ice. Garnish with chocolate flakes if you’re feeling fancy and enjoy. 

7. Mulled Hot Chocolate

Two Mulled Hot Chocolate cocktails on a table outside on the veranda of a cabin overlooking a lake

Looking for chocolate liqueur cocktail recipes that are perfect for frosty days when you need a cozy hand-warmer of a drink? Here you go, bestie. To make a nice cuppa Mulled Hot Chocolate, add 3 oz red wine, 1 oz amaretto, and 1 teaspoon of sugar to a saucepan and heat on the stovetop (or pop it in the microwave in a microwavable container). Pour the warm liquid into a double-walled glass or a mug, add 2 oz chocolate liqueur and give it a good stir, dust with ground cinnamon, and sip the cold away! 

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8. Chocolate Gimlet

White Chocolate Gimlet cocktails with lime wheel garnish

This luxurious white chocolate liqueur cocktail recipe is a trendy twist on the classic Gimlet. To make a Chocolate Gimlet, add 2 oz Bulldog Gin, 0.5 oz lime cordial, and 2 oz white chocolate liqueur to a mixing glass with ice. Give it a good stir, decant the drink into a serving glass, add a squeeze of lime, and serve. 

9. Chocolate Mint Julep

Classic Mint Julep cocktail on top of a hardcover book

Chocolate cream liqueur cocktails pair well with a variety of flavors, and we especially like a touch of minty freshness to take it to the next level. To shake up a Chocolate Mint Julep, add 6 large mint leaves, 0.5 oz chocolate liqueur, and a dash of chocolate bitters to a Julep cup and muddle. Next, add 2 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon and fill the cup with crushed ice. Stir it a few times, add more crushed ice, and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint or a chocolate mint cookie if you’re feeling extra lush. 

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10. Frozen Brandy Alexander

Frozen Brandy Alexander

Now this is a classic cocktail recipe that’s been begging to be updated with a kiss of frosty goodness. To make two Frozen Brandy Alexander cocktails, add one cup of chocolate ice cream, one cup of coffee ice cream, a quarter cup of cold, strong-brewed coffee, 4 oz chocolate liqueur, and two tablespoons of milk to a blender, and blitz until smooth. Divide into two chilled glasses, and garnish with whipped cream, a sprinkle of ground nutmeg, and chocolate shavings.   

11. S’mores Martini

S'mores Martini with toasted marshmallow garnish

Chocolate, marshmallow-infused vodka, bourbon, and cream are the main acts in this delicious S’mores Martini. Sure, it’s a little over the top, but that’s exactly the point! It’s perfect for cozy nights in front of the fire, or whenever you feel like a little something extra sensational to sip on.  

Which chocolate liqueur cocktail do you think you’ll try first? We’d love to see your pics, so remember to tag us on Instagram if you share them online. Oh, and do sign up for our newsletter if you’d like more tasty articles like these to shimmy into your inbox. 


Chocolate liqueur is a versatile spirit often employed in cocktails and desserts. Its rich, sweet flavor enhances a variety of mixed drinks, such as Chocolate Martinis and Mudslides. Additionally, it can be used in culinary applications, adding depth and sweetness to desserts like chocolate truffles, cakes, and sauces.

Various liquors pair seamlessly with chocolate, creating delectable combinations. Common choices include vodka, whiskey, and rum. These spirits complement chocolate's flavor profile, contributing depth and complexity to cocktails like Chocolate Martinis or whiskey-infused chocolate beverages. Experimenting with different liquors allows for the creation of diverse and enjoyable chocolate-infused drinks.

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