How to Make Delicious Chocolate Liqueur




This comes from a typical Italian recipe for chocolate liquor. Funny how those Italians love to add pure alcohol to normal everyday beverages and call it a liquor. Well it works because this stuff is extremely delicious and perfect for ice cream, coffee, or just sipping straight. At over 25% alcohol, most people will probably prefer to mix it with something. Perhaps, some cream and a little cinnamon?

Warning! For those of you looking for a quick way to get drunk, just skip the chocolate and buy Everclear. It will save you a few steps.

Good now that I got that warning out of the way, we can proceed.


Step 1: Ingredients and Materials

To make 750ml:

4 oz baking chocolate. Make sure it says baking chocolate, I've had bad luck with stuff like Lindt chocolate bars.
1 cup sugar, I prefer raw or turbinado, but if you wish you could use white.
1 pint whole milk. The wholer the better.
1 cup Grain alcohol 190 or 151 proof (75-90%). Its hard to find 190 proof in the states, it generally can only be found as 151. The typical American brand is Everclear. It probably shouldn't be too hard to find elsewhere.

You'll need a large pot for melting the chocolate into milk
A fine meshed strainer. I have yet to find one I like, but I found a non-disposable coffee strainer at Vons (supermarket) that worked pretty well.
Bottles (0.75-1 liter is good size), I'm not sure what to call these kinds of bottles, but I found the ones used in this instructable at Sur le Table (its close to work, don't judge me).

*Edited to add actual quantity of chocolate needed. I figured this was important.

*Edited a second time to add the quantity of alcohol needed. Turns out its also important.

Step 2: Caramelize Sugar (mostly Optional)

Since, you are a fan of instructables, I suggest you make the most out of this and carmelize your sugar. Its not absolutely necessary, but if all you want to do is get drunk, you're best off skipping this instructable entirely. Also, if you're capable of multitasking you can do this while you mix the chocolate and milk, and just turn off the heat to the one that finishes first.

To caramelize the sugar, mix the 1 cup of sugar and about 1 cup of water in a separate pot then what you are using to melt the chocolate. The sugar will dissolve easier as you heat the mixture, so don't try to mix it before setting it on the stove. Basically just keep stirring the mix as it heats up even once its mixed. It will start boiling and bubbling and will require much more frequent stirring. I guess there is a fine line between making caramel and making candy, but it will all dissolve into the end mix anyway. Its tough to tell when enough is enough (ok, I'm not a professional caramelizer), but you'll notice eventually that the stuff is thickening. Thats probably a good point to add it to the chocolate mixture.

Like I said, its difficult to determine the point of caramelization because you are stirring while hot when the stuff tends to flow the best.

Uhh, I guess I looked it up, and this is not the way to make caramel. Its the way I made it for the liqueur, so I'm going to leave it until I try differently. There isn't an instructable that gets at it, but Wikihow suggests just melting sugar.

Step 3: Mix Everything But Alcohol, Then Add Alcohol

Heat up the milk on a stove, careful not to burn it. Mix in the baking chocolate. It will start melting into the milk as the temperature increases. Also mix the caramel and ensure that everything is well mixed before taking off the heat.

Reduce the temperature down to about ambient. Placing the pot in the sink and running cool water around it can help to bring down the temperature.

The last step is to add in the alcohol and again ensure everything is well mixed. Like I said, wait til the temperature is low, because the alcohol will tend to vaporize off if its too warm.

Step 4: Filtering

I haven't quite discovered what this stuff is, but without fail a crust of sediment forms on the top. It takes about 4-5 days for the stuff to fully form, but you'll notice it after a day or so. Take all your chocolate liqueur and run it through the filter/strainer. It will go pretty slowly, and will probably be a messy painful process, but its pretty important. Wash the bottle to remove any sediments that didn't escape. You'll probably lose a small amount of this stuff during the process as it tends to stay behind in your pots and funnels. Re-bottle your concoction and notice its glamorous appeal.

Step 5: Let Sit and Wait

its that easy, just let this amazing bottle full of sin and alcohol sit on your shelf well sealed for a couple weeks to a few months. This is a confectionery Italian product, and can be extremely delicious depending on how well you make it. I gave you the basic recipe, but there is much more to it that I haven't quite yet discovered. If anyone else has done this before and has further suggestions (especially any Italians with secret family recipes!), please feel free to post comments.

For consumption, drizzle a small amount over your ice cream (or gelato!). Pour on top of fresh fruit. Mix it with coffee, or sip it straight. There are plenty of uses to get this stuff from the bottle to your belly.

The most important step is creating your own labels. I bought printable packing labels from Office Depot and designed what you see here. Its pretty simple, but it sure adds your own authenticity.


P.S. I hope you enjoy this for your birthday Kelly!



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    54 Discussions


    Reply 2 years ago

    When I was a kid we dug Chickory and roasted it. It made a good Coffee Substitute. Might try using it to make a Liqueur


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Hey bobtooce, I know you had said you were going to try an Ovaltine recipe...did you, and how did it work out?


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I have actually been busy, and since I left that last comment, it has been sitting in the bottle in my fridge, unopened :-D


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    lol open it and trry it sounds like it'd be awesome. also u from aus? if so where did u get the alcohol base?


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I'm actually from the states, and I used a slightly different mix, using Vodka instead. I have yet to blend a premium neutral spirits mix to make this taste better, but it is good :-)


    2 years ago

    I don't like milk chocolate but I still want to make this. How do I adjust this recipe to exclude the milk?


    Reply 3 years ago

    Mine lasted the whole time I had it in the fridge. About 3-4 mo.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I have no idea. Its not like wine or hard alcohols so don't let it sit for decades. By the time I start drinking it a few weeks to a month later, I usually go through it quite soon afterward!


    Reply 3 years ago

    I tried those but it was very slow to filter. I just used a regular mesh filter. It doesn't bother me to have tiny bits of chocolate in my liqueur.


    3 years ago

    I had no problem finding the 190 proof Everclear. If you use a sweet baking chocolate add less sugar. If it's unsweetened you may need slightly more. Just make sure it's a good quality baking chocolate. I found this to be similar to the Godiva chocolate liqueur. It's really very good.

    Recipe calls for "baking chocolate," but photo shows cocoa. These are two very different products. Which do you use? Thanks!


    6 years ago on Step 5

    Home-Brewing shops will have stopper jars/bottles as well as a variety of printable labels.

    Also, there are specialty stores like The Container Store that have all sorts of stopper-styled jars and bottles, for a surprisingly fair price.


    7 years ago on Step 2

    I make a caramel for flan. Don't add water. All you are doing is melting the sugar when you caramelize it. If you add water then you just have to wait for it to cook out, which gets you back to just sugar.