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Homemade Chocolate Liqueur

Homemade Chocolate Liqueur, a creamy easy and so delicious Chocolate Liqueur Recipe. A perfect after dinner dessert Drink.

chocolate liqueur in a bottle in a glass with ice and in a liqueur glass


With the holidays just around the corner, so this year, why not treat yourself and your family and friends to a Chocolate Liqueur? This is a super easy and delicious drink recipe.

It can be served either straight up or over ice. Be sure to serve the liqueur very cold from the fridge and shake well before serving.

In Italy lots of people like to make their own liqueur, from Limoncello to a Creamy Coffee Liqueur  and there is even one for Nutella fans or if strawberries are your fave, how about a tasty Strawberry / Fragolino.

I’ve made a few during my stay in Italy, but it seems that this Chocolate Liqueur went over really well, maybe too well.

Italians take their drinks as seriously as they take their food. So I guess that’s why here it’s so easy to find 95 proof alcohol. I’ve been told that it’s hard to find it elsewhere. So no need to worry, substitute with vodka and you’ll be good to go.

a liqueur glass of chocolate liqueur

How to  make Chocolate Liqueur

  • In a medium pot whisk together the sugar and cocoa,
  • Add the milk and cream stir together until well combined.
mixing the ingredients except for the liquor for chocolate liqueur
  • Place the pot over medium heat, stirring continuously
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and slow boil for 5 minutes, whisking often.
  • Remove from the heat and let cool completely.
let the chocolate liqueur mixture cool before adding the vodka in the pot
  • Once it is cool add the vodka and combine well.
  • Pour the Chocolate Liqueur into a clean bottle with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate until really cold.
bottling the chocolate liqueur
  • Delicious served over ice too.

How to store Homemade Cream Liqueur

The Chocolate Liqueur should be stored in a clean glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid, and should be stored in the fridge. It will last up to 30 days in the fridge.

This wonderful, creamy and chocolatey liqueur recipe, was given to me by a good friend who is an amazing cook along with her daughter and every now and then we share cooking tips (how many great ideas have they given me)?

We also love to share an espresso on occasion. I have to tell you,  she makes the best espresso I have ever had in my life. We both use bottled water, we both use the same brand of coffee and the same espresso machine.

chocolate liqueur in a bottle in a glass with ice and in a liqueur glass

Could it be something in the blood? A coffee gene?

I can cook, but I keep asking myself ‘will that amazing espresso always be out of my reach?’ Still, I refuse to give up!

More Delicious Chocolate recipes for the Holidays

Make sure you prepare this Liqueur in advance because you want to get it as cold as possible. So when it is ready just put up your feet, have a glass and together we can make a toast to a Happy Holidays, Salute! Enjoy.

chocolate liqueur in a bottle in a glass with ice and in a liqueur glass
chocolate liqueur in a bottle in a glass with ice and in a liqueur glass

Homemade Chocolate Liqueur

Rosemary Molloy
Chocolate Liqueur, deliciously easy homemade creamy chocolate liqueur. A perfect Christmas/fall drink recipe. The Ultimate Chocolate treat.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chilling Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 cups
Calories 789.51 kcal


  • 1 large pot
  • Clean glass bottle with tight fitting lids.


  • 2 cups milk 2% or whole
  • cup unsweetened cocoa dutch processed (good quality brand)
  • cup vodka (good quality)
  • cups granulated sugar
  • cups cream heavy, whipping or whole


  • In a large pot whisk together the sugar and cocoa, then add the milk and cream combine well.
  • When the mixture it is well combined place the pot over medium heat, stirring continuously, bring to a boil and slow boil for 5 minutes, whisking often.
  • Remove from heat and let cool. Once it is cool add the vodka and mix to combine completely. Pour into a bottle and refrigerate until really cold, about three hours, shake well before serving. Delicious served over ice too. Enjoy!


Will last up to a month in the fridge, shake well before serving.

The recipe can be halved.


Calories: 789.51kcal | Carbohydrates: 106.12g | Protein: 9.11g | Fat: 32.44g | Saturated Fat: 20.13g | Cholesterol: 111.33mg | Sodium: 88.95mg | Potassium: 507.68mg | Fiber: 6.25g | Sugar: 93.71g | Vitamin A: 1213.67IU | Vitamin C: 0.68mg | Calcium: 214.03mg | Iron: 2.61mg
Did You Make This Recipe?Please leave a comment below or pin it to your Pinterest account!

Updated from April 12, 2014.


  1. 5 stars
    Love this drink. We made it this past Christmas and all our guests loved it. Repeating for Easter!!!
    Thank s
    Michelle o

  2. Hi Rosemary, when you work out the break-down of the contents are you quoting for the whole recipe or per serve ie kj per serve or the whole lot. Many thanks and love your site. Suzanne

  3. Unsweetened cocoa? What brand do you recommend? There are so many at so many price levels. I’m really considering the Ghirardelli Majestic on Amazon. And I have cacao powder in my pantry now from Costco too.

    1. Hi Bryn, I use an Italian brand (Perugina), as long as it’s dutch processed and a good brand and I would say Ghirardelli is. Let me know how it goes. Take care!

  4. Enjoyed homemade raspberry chocolate liquor at a gathering recently. Could raspberry liquor or raspberry syrup be added to this chocolate liquor recipe to achieve that amazing result?

    1. Hi Joan, I would probably add some syrup to it when you add the vodka. I have never added it, so let me know how it goes if you do. Have a great weekend.

  5. Hi Rosemary,
    Would this last outside of the fridge for any length of time? I would like to post it as a gift but not sure if it will keep during postage (1-2days)?


    1. Hi Katy, I don’t think so, because of the cream it really shouldn’t be out of the fridge for that long. An hour or 2 at the most depending of course how warm the room is. Sorry.

    1. Hi Tara, I don’t think so because Vodka is quite tasteless whereas Bourbon isn’t it might take away the flavour of the liqueur. If you want to try it, let me know how it is. πŸ™‚

  6. Sorry to seem so ignorant but do you mean 3/4 cup dry coco or a cup of liquid coco ?
    I have everything ready but don’t want to make a mistake .
    Also could I melt chocolate in it or would i5 just stick to the bottom of the bottle .

  7. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. Super easy to make and manage! One question though, if I use Everclear instead of vodka would you cut down the amount to maybe 1/2 cup? Thanks! Buon Natale!

  8. This is a great recipe base for any chocolate liquor! I added a teaspoon or two of instant coffee, a miniscule dash of vanilla, and cut back the cream and added some sweetened condensed milk. It made for a more balanced chocolate flavor.

    I followed this recipe and made a great holiday gift! Thanks!

    1. Hi Joyce, you probably could, although the it probably won’t be as thick and the taste won’t be as rich. But I think it would still be good. Let me know how it goes.

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