Chocolate Liqueur (Creme de Cacao)

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Who doesn't like chocolate? . . . probably people allergic to it. Who doesn't like booze? . . . teetotalers. Hmmm. Oh well, I press onward.

Homemade flavored alcohols are easy to make. And here's how to make just one of an infinity of variations. You might like to enjoy this before, after, or during a meal of Cacao Nib Crusted Steaks .

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Step 1: Needed

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* 1 cup (around 4 oz) cacao nibs

* 7.5 oz alcohol such as Everclear or Golden Grain

* 20 oz of cooled simple syrup --- equal portions of sugar and water, heated so that the sugar dissolves, then cooled

* A funnel and strainer; this could be a funnel lined with a coffee filter or several layers of cheesecloth. I happen to have access to funnels used to collect kidney stones from urine . . . they're clean I swear.

* A pint mason jar and lid

* Time

* 1 1" piece of vanilla bean (optional, but I did it this time)

* An empty container for the finished product (here, an emptied liqueur bottle with the label removed)

Step 2: Throw It Together

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Measure out your alcohol and put it along with the cacao nibs into the mason jar. Add the vanilla bean piece if you choose to use it. Seal the whole mess up.

Step 3: The Long Wait

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Now you have to wait. And wait. And wait. How long? At least two weeks. Which is why this is instructable is yet incomplete. Every few days you might want to check up on your mix and give it a shake. Keep it stored in a dark, relatively cool place. Why? Who knows. It can't hurt any.

Don't mind the cloudiness, that's just nib dust.
Awesome idea. Love that you included recipes as well. :)
dlewisa (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
Thanks! No use having chocolate booze if you don't know what to do with it.
sunshiine4 years ago
Thanks for sharing! I might try this.
tigrrll4 years ago
Very good idea to use nibs, I use cocoa powder and it is a mess to strain back out. Nicely made instructable.
dlewisa (author)  tigrrll4 years ago
Thanks! I had some left over and thought, what the heck.