There are times that call for a classy, bittersweet Negroni, and then there are those times when you just need chocolate to make everything better. Whether you’re looking for an ultra-comforting beverage or a delicious dessert cocktail, or you’re just looking for yet another way to consume chocolate, here are the 10 best cocktails for chocoholics.
10 Best Chocolate Cocktails for Chocoholics
Forget syrupy sweet liqueurs and heavy cream; our version of the Chocolate Martini is a perfectly balanced combination of dry, bitter, spicy and fruity. Homemade chocolate liqueur is the key to this cocktail’s success, along with a blend of light and dark rum, raspberry liqueur, amaro, Angostura and mole bitters. It’s the chocolate cocktail to rule them all.
OK, fine, if you have an insatiable sweet tooth and crave the taste of melted ice cream in a glass, the classic Chocolate Martini is pretty great, too. When making your own chocolate liqueur isn’t on the agenda for the day, a nice store-bought brand of chocolate liqueur will do just fine in this simple, creamy, vodka-based Choco-tini.
Half and Half
Give your standby hot chocolate a French makeover by spiking it with green Chartreuse as they do in the Alps after a long day on the slopes. Complement the herbaceous liqueur with a minty kick of peppermint schnapps—just don’t forget the marshmallows on top.
Blend up vodka, coffee liqueur, Irish cream and vanilla ice cream to create the ultimate grown-up version of a milkshake.
vanilla ice cream
The classic Chocolate Martini gets a fruity twist in this cocktail, which subs out regular vodka for cherry-flavored vodka. To make this cocktail a little more craft, try making your own cherry-infused vodka or garnishing the drink with a booze-soaked cherry.
creme de cacao
half and half
This berry-flavored Martini is so popular at New York’s Ayza that the owner tried raising the cocktail’s price to curtail orders (it didn’t work). The shaken mix of raspberry-flavored Chambord liqueur, Kahlúa and heavy cream gets garnished with a generous amount of dark chocolate shavings and a plump raspberry.
Chocolate, chile and chai come together in this exotic take on the traditional Mexican hot chocolate. In addition to pungent galangal syrup and warming chai spices, fiery Patrón XO Incendio—a tequila-based liqueur infused with Criollo chocolate and arbol chile—gives this warming cocktail extra heat.
Patrón XO Incendio
The marriage of red wine and hot chocolate was a divine pairing no one saw coming but everyone desperately needed. Our twist on the comforting combination is this creamy, red velvet cake-inspired beverage. Made with fruity red wine, milk and chocolate, this drink is dyed a romantic shade of red and topped with a dollop of tangy cream cheese whipped cream.
White chocolate lovers can still get in on the fun with this sweet and smooth white chocolate Martini. Inspired by the classic elegance of a tuxedo, this easy dessert cocktail blends vanilla vodka with white chocolate liqueur, white crème de cacao and cream—finished with a dark chocolate syrup rim.
white chocolate liqueur
half and half
Give the classic Grasshopper an extra chocolaty boost by using a high quality white chocolate liqueur in place of crème de cacao. Mix it with peppermint schnapps and heavy cream for a decadent winter white tipple.
White Chocolate Liqueur