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Here are all the best creme de cacao drinks to make with this chocolate liqueur! They’re creamy, classy, and totally irresistible.

Creme de cacao drinks

Got a bottle of creme de cacao and want more ways to use it? This delightful chocolate liqueur adds milk chocolate and vanilla notes to cocktails of all kinds. It features in drinks dating from the early 1900’s through the 1970’s: but interestingly it’s one of the oldest liqueurs around!

Here are all the best creme de cacao drinks to make with this tasty liqueur, from pre-Prohibition cocktails to 1970’s classics! Try everything from the creamy, sophisticated Brandy Alexander to the beachy Bushwacker. Whatever you choose: you won’t be disappointed!

More about creme de cacao

Despite it’s name, there’s no cream in creme de cacao at all! Here’s a bit more about this chocolate liqueur:

  • Creme de cacao is a cocoa bean flavored liqueur, available in both white (clear) and dark varieties. It’s possibly one of the first alcoholic beverages, made in the 1600’s by monks after cocoa beans were brought back to Europe from America (source).
  • What does creme de cacao taste like? White creme de cacao tastes like milk chocolate with notes of vanilla. Dark creme de cacao tastes richer, with darker chocolate notes. White creme de cacao is the most popular for use in cocktails, so we recommend buying that variety.
  • How much does creme de cacao cost? It costs between $10 to $20 for a 750 ml bottle.
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Brandy Alexander

Creme de Cacao Drinks: Brandy Alexander & More!

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Everyone loves a Brandy Alexander: creamy, sweet and boozy! Mix up this classy dessert drink recipe with brandy and Creme de Cacao. 


  • 1 ½ ounces* Cognac (or other brandy)
  • 1 ½ ounces white Creme de Cacao
  • 1 ½ ounces heavy cream or half and half
  • For the garnish: grated fresh nutmeg


  1. Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add 2 handfuls of ice and shake until cold, about 15 seconds. 
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass. Top with grated fresh nutmeg and serve. 


*1 ½ ounces = 3 tablespoons

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Creme de cacao drinks

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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