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8 Great Chocolate Cocktails

Karen Frazier
Chocolate old-fashioned

Adding a little chocolate to a cocktail makes for a delicious, dessert-like drink. However, not all chocolate cocktails are sweet and frothy confections, although some most definitely are. With the right chocolate cocktail recipe, you'll find there's something for everyone.

1. Chocolate Old-Fashioned

An old-fashioned is a classic cocktail. This chocolate twist is lightly sweet and complex with the addition of chocolate bitters. The recipe makes one cocktail.


  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes chocolate bitters
  • 1 orange twist
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Splash of water
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 maraschino cherry


  1. Put the sugar cube in an old-fashioned glass. Add three to four dashes of the chocolate bitters and the orange twist.
  2. Muddle the ingredients in the glass until the sugar is crushed and the orange twist releases its oils.
  3. Add the bourbon and a splash of water. Stir. Add ice cubes to preference.
  4. Garnish with the cherry. For an extra-special garnish, consider a bourbon soaked maraschino cherry.

2. Chocolate Mint Julep

The trick to a tasty mint julep is plenty of finely crushed ice. To make it, you can place ice in a zipper bag and whack it with a mallet until it is finely crushed. This chocolate twist on the Kentucky Derby classic makes one drink. It gets its chocolate flavor from chocolate mint.

Mint Julep


  • 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar
  • 10 chocolate mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • Splash of club soda, plus soda to fill the glass, divided
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Crushed ice


  1. In a julep cup (or a double Scotch glass or another 8-ounce short glass), muddle the sugar, mint, and a splash of the club soda.
  2. Gently stir in the bourbon.
  3. Add the crushed ice and remaining club soda to fill the glass. Stir gently again.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of chocolate mint.

If you'd like a version with even more chocolate, add a half ounce of white creme de cacao when you add the club soda and ice.

3. Chocolate Malt

If you ever had a chocolate malt with a burger, then you'll love the nostalgia of this tasty cocktail. It uses delicious RumChata, a cream liqueur with rum. The recipe makes two drinks.

Chocolate malt


  • 3 ounces RumChata
  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • ¼ cup chocolate syrup
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • ¼ cup milk or cream


In a blender, combine all ingredients until well blended. Add additional milk to thin to the desired consistency.

4. Mexican Hot Chocolate

This isn't your grandmother's hot chocolate - unless grandma enjoyed hers spiked with some cayenne, a bit of cinnamon, and a nice shot of tequila. This warming drink will leave you wanting more. The recipe makes two drinks.

Hot Chocolate


  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 12 ounces milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash cayenne (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • Whipped cream


  1. In a small saucepan, heat the chocolate, milk, sugar, cinnamon, cayenne, and vanilla on medium-low heat, whisking constantly. Bring to a simmer.
  2. In two mugs, add an ounce of tequila each. Add the chocolate mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Serve topped with whipped cream and garnished with additional cinnamon sprinkles if desired.

5. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry

While no strawberries are actually covered with chocolate in the making of this drink, the flavor brings to mind this delectable combo. Of course, you can feel free to garnish with a chocolate-dipped strawberry if you're feeling super fancy. The recipe makes one drink.

Strawberry milkshake



  1. In a small glass, combine the creme de cacao, strawberry liqueur, and cream, stirring to mix well.
  2. Garnish with a strawberry.

6. Chocolate Mudslide

If you're looking for straight-up dessert in a glass, then the mudslide may just be your drink of choice. Made with Kahlúa (or another coffee flavored liqueur), vodka, cream, Irish cream, and chocolate syrup, this is a twist on the chocolate-free classic. The recipe makes two drinks.

Mudslide Cocktail


  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce Kahlúa or other coffee liqueur
  • 1 ounce Irish cream
  • 1 ounce heavy cream
  • 1 ounce crème de cacao
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings or cocoa powder (optional)


  1. In two large wine or cocktail glasses, drizzle one tablespoon of chocolate syrup and swirl the glass to distribute it around the inside edge of the glass.
  2. In a blender, combine the vodka, Kahlúa, Irish cream, heavy cream, crème de cacao, and ice. Blend until smooth.
  3. Carefully pour the mixture into the prepared cocktail glasses. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate cavings or cocoa powder if desired.

7. Chocolate Cake Cocktail Shot

Make yourself a quick and easy shot with a flavor reminiscent of the favorite cake flavor. This recipe makes one shot.

chocolate cake cocktail shot


  • 1½ ounce hazelnut liqueur, like DeKuyper's or Frangelico
  • ¾ ounce vanilla vodka
  • Ice for shaker
  • Sugar (for rim)
  • Lemon (for rim and garnish)


  1. Rim a shot glass with lemon and dip into sugar. Set aside.
  2. Pour hazelnut liqueur and vanilla vodka into a shaker with ice.
  3. Shake and strain into shot glass.
  4. Garnish with the lemon slice.

8. Chocolate Martini

Sweets-loving sophisticates know there's absolutely no way to go wrong with a chocolate martini. Made with vodka and chocolate, this drink is lightly sweet and oh-so-chocolatey and easy to vary to your tastes. Plus, you get to walk around like James Bond carrying a martini glass. What could be better?

Chocolate Martini

Chocolate Cocktail Bliss

If you love chocolate, then you'll love these spiked chocolate beverages. Regardless of whether you're seeking a drink that's a full-on dessert or something a little lighter, you're sure to find the perfect chocolate cocktail for your tastes.

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8 Great Chocolate Cocktails