DIY Chocolate Liqueur Recipe

Chocolate liqueur

Delicately sweet with a hint of bitterness, a homemade chocolate liqueur made with cacao nibs is like an expensive dark chocolate bar in your drink instead of like a jigger of Nestle Quik. Refrigeration isn't necessary, and the liqueur should keep for about 2 months.

Notes: Cacao nibs are are pieces of cacao beans that have been roasted. Many grocery and health-food stores carry them, but if yours doesn't, you can order them online from a variety of sources, including Amazon.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 216 hrs 10 mins
Serves: 21 servings

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  • 2/3 cup cacao nibs

  • 1 1/3 cups vodka

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract


  1. Combine cacao nibs and vodka in a sealable glass jar. Shake and then let steep for 8 days.

  2. After initial steeping period, bring sugar and water to a boil. Let syrup cool, then add to jar along with vanilla extract. Let steep for an additional day.

  3. Strain out nibs through a sieve and then filter through coffee filter into bottle or jar you'll use for storage.

Special equipment

Coffee filter, fine-mesh sieve

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
119 Calories
2g Fat
16g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 21
Amount per serving
Calories 119
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 39mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)