Choosing the best chocolate liqueur is a matter of personal taste and budget. However, some chocolate liqueurs are almost universally well-liked and/or highly rated. Check out these 9 best chocolate liqueurs for sipping or use in your next cocktail.
1. Best Chocolate Liqueur Overall - Tempus Fugit Spirits Crème de Cacao a la Vanilla
With a hint of vanilla to go with the rich, chocolately flavor of this crème de cacao, the Tempus Fugit Spirits Crème de Cacao a la Vanilla is Wine Enthusiast's highest rated chocolate liqueur, receiving a rating of 95 out of 100 points. You'll pay just over $50 for a 750 mL bottle of this chocolate liqueur from Switzerland. It's 24% alcohol by volume (ABV), and it's a delicious addition to cocktails.
2. Best Top Shelf Chocolate Liqueur - Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
It's perhaps no surprise that one of the world's best makers of Belgian chocolates also makes one of the top chocolate liqueurs. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur is sweet and chocolately, and it's the perfect premium ingredient for the Godiva chocolate martini. The liqueur is 30% ABV, and you'll pay about $25 for a 750 ML bottle. Shoppers on Drizly rated it 4.9 out of 5 stars.
3. Best Cheap Chocolate Liqueur - Van Meer's Chocolate Liqueur
Under $15 for a 750 mL bottle, this Dutch chocolate liqueur is as delicious as it is affordable. In fact, its chocolate flavors make it perfect for sipping or adding to drinks. It's low in alcohol at 15% ABV, and customers at Total Wine & More rated it 4.2 out of 5 stars, a high rating for such an affordable chocolate cordial.
4. Best Dark Chocolate Liqueur - Chopin Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur
Made with dark chocolate blended with Chopin vodka, a premium Polish vodka, the Chopin Dorda double chocolate liqueur is delicious in mixed drinks or sipped solo. It's complex and balanced as well as not overwhelmingly sweet like some chocolate liqueurs can be. Reviewers at Total Wine & More rated it 4.7 out of 5 stars, and this cordial is perched on a number of "best" lists for chocolate liqueurs. You'll pay about $30 for a 750 mL bottle.
5. Best Creamy Chocolate Liqueur - Mozart Chocolate Cream Liqueur
This creamy bottle of chocolate liqueur comes wrapped in gold foil like a bonbon and unwrapping it will be a blissful experience. The Beverage Tasting Institute called it a "pure, tasty and rather elegant chocolate liqueur." It costs under $25 per 750 mL bottle, and it is low in alcohol at 17% ABV.
6. Best Crème de Cacao - Marie Brizard Crème de Cacao
This French crème de cacao comes in both white and brown, and it's a sweet, flavorful, and aromatic chocolate liqueur. Reviewers on Spirits Review rated it 9 out of 10, and you'll pay about $20 for a 750 mL bottle. The Marie Brizard crème de cacao is 28% ABV, and it's perfect in mixed drinks.
7. Best White Chocolate Liqueur - Sheelin White Chocolate
Sheelin white chocolate liqueur is the ideal combination of deliciousness and a good price. The Beverage Tasting Institute rated it 93 out of 100 points, and it won a silver medal at the San Francisco Spirits Competition, but it only costs about $12 for a 750 mL bottle. The Irish whiskey based cordial is under 14% ABV, and it's tasty whether you sip it over ice or add it to a cocktail.
8. Best Chocolate Coffee Liqueur - Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa
A mix of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla flavors, this liqueur frequently makes "best" lists for both chocolate liqueurs and coffee-flavored liqueurs. It's a combination of tequila, coffee, and chocolate with an ABV of about 35%. You'll pay about $20 for a 375 mL bottle.
9. Best Chocolate Plus Flavor Liqueur - Bailey's Chocolate Cherry
If you like chocolate-covered cherries, then chances are you'll find this chocolate-cherry flavored Bailey's Irish cream a real delight. It's like drinking a boozy and delicious chocolate cherry milkshake, so it's perfect for sipping or mixed into a cocktail. Expect to pay about $25 for a 750 mL bottle of 17% ABV cream liqueur.
Enjoy Chocolate Liqueur in Mixed Drinks
Whether you prefer to sip your chocolate cordials by themselves or blend them in delicious chocolate flavored cocktails such as a Bailey's chocolate martini, having one or two good bottles in your liquor cabinet is essential for any well-rounded cocktail lover.