MAKE YOUR OWN: Chocolate Liqueur

DIY chocolate liqueur with printable labels

One really blessed night a few years ago, one of my best friends invented a creamy chocolate drink we so eloquently dubbed The Lovely Awesome. There really was no other name for it. Nothing else described the lovely awesomeness of the creamy chocolate drink. Occasionally since then, I’ve worked on tweaking the recipe to include ingredients I can actually keep on hand, since the original called for things like dark chocolate almond milk and creamy liqueurs that have a short shelf life. My mission ended in this project- making my own chocolate liqueur.  I made some to keep, some to give, and a little creamy version to keep around for sweet cocktails during the next week.

I’ll share with you my updated version of The Lovely Awesome soon, but for now, I thought I’d share this great gift idea to give to friends, coworkers, or hostesses this holiday season. I found these great liqueur bottles here, and designed a label that I printed, cut out, and spray mounted to the finished chocolate liqueur bottles. The recipe I used is from Creative Culinary, and it is scrumptious! I only slightly adapted it to make for a quicker and easier process.

P.S. This recipe is not for créme de cacao, but you will see a bottle labeled that way in these photos.

Make your own chocolate liqueur with this recipe and printable bottle labels.

Make your own chocolate liqueur with this recipe and printable bottle labels.

Chocolate Liqueur
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1187 calories
149 g
107 g
31 g
29 g
19 g
602 g
398 g
137 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1187
Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g
Saturated Fat 19g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 107mg
Sodium 398mg
Total Carbohydrates 149g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 137g
Protein 29g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 Cups water- divided
  2. 1/2 Cup 141 proof vodka
  3. 1/2 Cup sugar
  4. 1/4 Cup cocoa
Optional for creamy version
  1. 1 small can evaporated milk
  1. In a small sauce pan, boil 1 cup of water with the sugar to create a simple syrup. Remove from heat and add cocoa powder, stir to dissolve, then add remaining 1 cup of water. Once cool cooled, add vodka to the mixture. Using a funnel, pour mixture into bottle. Original author recommends leaving it refrigerated for 1 week before using. Shake well before pouring.
  1. I had excess liqueur that did not fit into the large bottle, so I combined it with one small can of evaporated milk and bottled it for creamy cocktails. This mixture will only last for a week, so it's not ideal for gift giving.
Adapted from Creative Culinary
Adapted from Creative Culinary
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Make your own chocolate liqueur with this recipe and printable bottle labels.

Make your own chocolate liqueur with this recipe

If you want to make a creamy liqueur with any leftovers like I did, but you’re dairy intolerant, you can probably find evaporated goat’s milk at the grocery store which might work wonders for you! If you are vegan, I would try coconut milk in place of the evaporated milk.

Make your own chocolate liqueur with this recipe

If you double this recipe, it should split nicely between four of these bottles. You can print out one sheet of these labels I made onto sticker paper, then peel and mount them to the bottle. I didn’t have sticker paper, so I used nice presentation paper, but out the labels, and sprayed the back with permanent spray mount to adhere them to the bottles.

For some immediate post-cooking satisfaction, I poured some of the chocolate liqueur over ice and topped it with the evaporated milk. It hit the spot! In between sips, I cut some ribbon and tied a bow on the bottles so they’ll be all ready to give as gifts to my family! Finally- a homemade gift that people will actually want to receive- no doubt about it!

Make your own chocolate liqueur with this recipe and printable bottle labels.

Make your own chocolate liqueur to give as gifts with this recipe and printable bottle labels.

11 Responses

  1. Sonya Mann says:

    It looks so delicious! dang, I really want to be 21+ for the holidays

  2. that is amazing, never knew we could make our own chocolate liqueur! looking delicious

    Katrina Sophia Blog

  3. Welp, you’ve just given me the best idea for family members and friends this holiday season: This as a present. Not only does it sound delicious, but I bet everyone will love it… and I want a stash of my own, too.

    Thanks for sharing, Mandi! Can’t wait to try this!

  4. Lindsay says:

    Oh my! Your gold trimmed mugs really took me on a trip! My lovely, classy as hell great grandmother has those exact ones!

  5. sounds absolutely divine!
    i know what gift i’ll be giving my friend for her upcoming cocktail party!
    thanks for sharing
    Cheray x

  6. Nicholas MacNaughtan says:

    Does this need to be kept in a fridge? How do you work out the alcohol content? How long will it keep?

    • Mandi says:

      It does not need to be refrigerated and will keep indefinitely, just like any alcohol you would buy at the store. I’m not sure what you mean by how did I work out the alcohol content? Care to clarify and I’ll answer. :)

      • Julian says:

        Think she meant, how does one figure out the finished product’s alcohol content. I did a rough calculation and it came to about 12% or 24 proof…. which is what I was guessing making some of my own and tasting… figured it was something like 10-15.

        The formula for figuring you’re own alcohol volume percentage in a recipe is:
        To find S you take each spirit in drink and times it’s amount in recipe by it’s alcohol volume and then add all those together. To get TV, add up total volume amount of all ingredients. This recipe has dry ingredients so I don’t know how accurate that number is but it’s at least 11% and at the most 15%

        4oz x .75 = 3/26oz = .12×100 = 12%

  7. mj says:

    Is the cocoa you use sweetened? I have a really good coco powder, but not sure if its the same thing.

  8. Patti says:

    WOW, this looks really awesome! I would love to receive a gift like this! Do you have a recipe for créme de cacao liquer? That would be divine too! :) Thansk