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15 Best Cocktails with Creme de Cacao: Includes Recipes (2023)

Cocktails with Creme de Cacao

Last Updated on December 16, 2023 by Lydia Martin

If you have a sweet tooth like me and like to indulge in a dessert-like drink, why not try Creme de Cacao cocktails? Creme de Cacao drinks have the booze while giving a chocolatey feel.

So if you’re looking for delicious drink recipes, check out these cocktails with Creme de Cacao and how to prepare them.

Top 15 Cocktails With Creme de Cacao

15. Grasshopper

Glass of Grasshopper Cocktail Drink

The Grasshopper recipe is a classic cocktail drink with a creamy and mint chocolate flavor – best served after dinner. It’s easy to prepare, and here’s how.

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5oz Crème de Cacao
  • 1.5oz creme de menthe
  • 2oz whipped cream

Instructions: Put ice in your shaker and combine all the ingredients. Strain the mix in your cocktail glass and garnish with chocolate shavings if you like.

Serving: 1

14. Mudslide

Glass of Mudslide Cocktail on a Wooden Table

The Mudslide recipe is a creamy and luscious frozen chocolate milkshake that combines coffee and chocolate flavors. It is a must-try for anyone who loves chocolate with a bite of alcohol.

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5oz choco vodka drink
  • 1.5oz Irish Cream
  • 1.5oz Kahlua
  • 1oz Creme de Cacao
  • Half-gallon chocolate ice cream (can use vanilla ice cream)

Instructions: Mix all the ingredients in your blender and pour into your chilled cocktail glass. Add chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and chocolate sprinkles on top if you like.

Serving: 1

13. White Russian

Bartender Holding Glass of White Russian Cocktail

This creamy White Russian recipe is a perfect dinner treat and one of the classic Creme de Cacao drinks. It tastes like choco mocha and is also a great coffee drink recipe.

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5oz vodka
  • 1oz dark Creme de Cacao
  • 1oz cream

Instructions: Place all the ingredients in your Old-Fashioned glass and enjoy.

Serving: 1

12. Banana Banshee

Glass of Banana Banshee Cocktail Drink

You can replace ice cream with this Creme de Cacao cocktail. Banana Banshee has a taste similar to frozen choco bananas – though it is a sweeter and creamier recipe.

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1oz Creme de Banana
  • 0.5oz White Creme de Cacao
  • 2oz cream (can use milk)

Instructions: Shake all the ingredients in your shaker until frothy. Strain into your chilled serving glass and put cherry as a garnish.

Serving: 1

11. Golden Cadillac

Pouring Golden Cadillac Cocktail on a Glass

The Golden Cadillac is a sweet and creamy drink. A single sip of this creamy cocktail will convince you it’s the best and will leave you wanting more.

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5oz Galliano liqueur
  • 1.5oz Creme de Cacao
  • 1.5oz cream

Instructions: Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into your cocktail goblet and put ground nutmeg on top.

Serving: 1

10. Frozen Hot Chocolate

Glass of Frozen Hot Chocolate Cocktail

 

If you want a sweet, rich chocolate, and decadent drink, try this Frozen Hot Chocolate, our favorite recipe, regardless of the weather. It will surely hype up your taste buds.

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 4oz Crème de Cocoa drink
  • 24oz milk
  • 6oz vanilla vodka

Instructions: In your blender with ice, combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth. Pout the mix into glasses and garnish with mini marshmallows if desired.

Serving: 4

9. Alexander

Glass of Alexander Cocktail

Alexander is one of the sweet cocktail recipes made with only three ingredients. It’s a creamy gin drink perfect for the holidays and special occasions.

Prep/Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1oz gin
  • 1oz white Creme de Cacao
  • 1 oz half-and-half (or canned coconut milk)

Instructions: Half-fill your shaker with ice and add all the ingredients. Shake and strain into your serving glass and garnish with nutmeg if you like.

Serving: 1

8. Nutty Irishman

Person Putting Straw on a Nutty Irishman Cocktail Drink

We like Nutty Irishman for its versatility. You can make this Creme de Cacao cocktail recipe in a spiked cocktail form or just a smooth sipper.

“Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won’t be invited to cocktail parties.” — Oscar Wilde, Irish Poet and Playwright

Prep/Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 0.75oz hazelnut liqueur
  • 0.75oz Irish cream liqueur
  • 0.75oz Crème de Cacao

Instructions: In your glass, pour the liqueur and crème de cacao. Add the Irish cream on top, and enjoy.

Serving: 1

7. Toblerone

Glass of Toblerone Cocktail

The Toblerone Cocktail recipe is one of those dessert cocktails with creamy and bursting flavors of chocolate hazelnut. We like it as an after-dinner drink, more like a dessert drink.

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 2oz Baileys
  • 2oz Kahlua
  • 2oz Frangelico
  • 2oz Creme de Cacao liqueur
  • 20oz pouring cream

Instructions: In your blender, mix all the ingredients. Pour into the glasses and garnish them with shaved Toblerones, almonds, and a drizzle of sugar syrup.

Serving: 6

6. Brandy Alexander

Glass of Brandy Alexander Sprinkled with Chocolate on Top

Everybody loves a good Brandy Alexander. This Brandy Alexander recipe is a perfect drink combination of brandy and Creme de Cacao.

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5oz brandy (or Cognac)
  • 1.5oz white Creme de Cacao
  • 1.5oz heavy cream (or half and half)

Instructions: Add all the required ingredients over ice in your cocktail shaker, and shake for 15 seconds. Strain in your cocktail glass and garnish it with grated nutmeg, if desired.

Serving: 1

5. Snowball

Glass of Snowball Cocktail Drink on Bar Countertop

A Snowball Cocktail is a fun way to enjoy a cold winter day. This is a great way to warm up among the various Creme de Cacao drinks and recipes.

It’s great as an afternoon or dinner cocktail.

Prep/Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 2oz Vanilla Vodka (or any vanilla-flavored liquor)
  • 1oz Creme De Cacao
  • 0.75oz peppermint schnapps
  • 1oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1oz Half And Half

Instructions: In your bar shaker, mix the ingredients and strain the mixture into your goblet [1].

Serving: 1

4. Chocolate-Covered Cherry

Glass of Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cocktail Drink on a Wooden Table

This sophisticated cocktail literally tastes like cherries covered in chocolate. Aside from a boozy milkshake, it’s one of our bar’s most requested Creme de Cacao cocktails.

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5oz chocolate vodka (or chocolate liqueur)
  • 1.5oz cherry vodka (or cherry bourbon)
  • 0.5oz grenadine syrup
  • 1oz Creme de Cacao
  • 1oz half and half
  • a dash of chocolate syrup

Instructions: In your bar shaker filled with ice, pour all the ingredients and shake until cold. Strain into your chilled goblet and garnish with maraschino cherry if you like.

Serving: 1

3. Chocolate Martini

Glass of Chocolate Martini Cocktail Drink

This Chocolate Martini cocktail, a favorite recipe among cocktails fans, is rich, creamy, and the perfect treat for chocoholics. If you want chocolatey booze, try this cocktail now.

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5oz vodka
  • 1.5oz white Creme de Cacao
  • 0.5oz Baileys Irish cream
  • 0.5oz heavy cream
  • 1tsp simple syrup
  • 1tsp cocoa powder

Instructions: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and add all the ingredients. Shake until chilled and strain into your martini goblet. Put grated chocolate on top, if desired.

Serving: 1

Read: Our Favorite Coconut Creams For Cocktails

2. Espresso Martini

Two Glasses of Espresso Martini Cocktail Drink

Espresso Martini, a classic cocktail, is one of the favorite recipes and among the most incredibly creamy and delicious drinks. This recipe only takes four ingredients to prepare.

Prep/Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 0.5oz simple syrup
  • 2oz Creme de Cacao
  • 1oz vodka
  • 1oz Chilled heavy cream

Instructions: Mix the syrup, Creme de Cacao, and vodka [2] in your martini glass. Put the heavy cream on top and let it afloat. Garnish it with shaved chocolate or cacao powder if you like.

Serving: 1

1. Caramel Apple Martini

Man Holding Glass of Caramel Apple Martini Cocktail

The Caramel Apple Martini recipe is one of the creme de cacao cocktails or recipes with an unusual twist. It has the tangy taste of apples with sweet caramel syrup.

“Creamy allure, cocoa-infused delight—Creme de Cacao, cocktails that enchant the senses.” – Liquor Laboratory

Prep/Total Time: 

Ingredients: 5 minutes

  • 1.05oz sour apple schnapps
  • 1.5oz butterscotch schnapps
  • 1oz vodka
  • Splash dry vermouth
  • Caramel sauce

Instructions: Mix all the ingredients in a shaker with ice except the caramel sauce, and shake until chilled.

Then, drizzle the caramel sauce into your martini glass and pour the cocktail mixture. If desired, garnish it with apple slices.

Serving: 1

Note: Other must-try Creme de Cacao cocktails to try include Jellyfish Shot, Snickers Martini, Bushwacker [3], and Azteca Drink.

FAQs

Is Creme de Cacao the same as chocolate liqueur?

No, Creme de Cacao and chocolate liqueur aren’t the same (though they have some similarities).

Chocolate liqueur is thicker and creamier, while creme de cacao is more transparent, with two versions: white and dark creme de cacao.

What type of alcohol is Creme de Cacao?

Creme de Cacao is a chocolate-flavored liqueur made of vodka and cacao beans [4]. It’s sweet and delicious, perfect as a dessert drink.

When this alcohol is combined with other alcoholic beverages or mixers, like lemon juice or lime juice, it creates a complex flavor yet delicious Creme de Cacao cocktails.

Final Words

Creme de Cacao is among our favorite dessert cocktail recipe ingredients that pair well with various alcoholic beverages like spirits and flavored liqueurs.

You make the recipe classics Brandy Alexander or Espresso Martini or Caramel Apple Martini and Chocolate Covered Cherry if you want a twist.

But regardless of your preferences, any recipe you pick from this list is sure to satisfy your palate with all the luscious flavors.

References:

  1. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/9943
  2. https://www.britannica.com/topic/vodka
  3. https://www.southernliving.com/food/drinks/what-is-bushwacker
  4. https://www.organicfacts.net/creme-de-cacao.html
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