Chocolate and alcohol: two indulgences that go together like. . . well, chocolate and alcohol! And the best way to satisfy both cravings is with — you guessed it — chocolate liqueur.
Chocolate liqueur should never be confused with chocolate liquor. Chocolate liquor is made from grinding the cocoa bean into a thick paste that doesn't contain alcohol. Chocolate liqueur, on the other hand, does contain alcohol, so that's the good stuff! The alcohol base, typically vodka, is added to the chocolate, sugar and any other flavors to create a delightfully indulgent treat.
Chocolate liqueur is first mentioned in France in 1666. During the American Revolution, a "chocolate wine" made from port, sherry, sugar and chocolate was quite popular. Throughout the 19th century, manuals in English, French and Spanish rave about the concoction, each offering their own spin on the classic recipe.
How to Drink It:
The thing we love most about chocolate liqueur is that you can drink it straight. Seriously, there's nothing to stop you from tearing open that bottle and taking a sip! Various brands infuse their liqueurs with salted caramel, cherry, orange, white chocolate, dark chocolate and Irish cream flavors, which practically encourage you to taste them straight up. Other sweet liqueurs nix the chocolate for a pure vanilla or caramel taste. As such, sweet liqueurs are wildly popular as after-dinner drinks.
You can also use chocolate and sweet liqueur in dessert recipes, particularly sauces, truffles and cakes. Wine connoisseurs should try adding a dash of chocolate liqueur to their favorite red. Why nibble on chocolate when you can pour it into your wineglass?
Popular Sweet Liqueur Cocktails:
One of the most popular ways to enjoy a sweet liqueur is in a Mudslide. The Mudslide is a decadent blend of Kahlua coffee-flavored liqueur, Baileys Irish Cream, ice cream and vodka. It's practically a milkshake that even nonfrequent drinkers can get behind.
There's also the Alexander, which features chocolate liqueur and cream mixed with some type of alcohol like brandy. Another twist is the Coffee Alexander, which adds coffee liqueur. If you prefer vanilla liqueur, try a Warhol Orange or Madagascar Sour.