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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 crème 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!

And now, try these top creme de cacao drinks!

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:

  • Crème 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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Chocolate martini

Top 5 Creme de Cacao Drinks

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


Dive into the rich creamy bliss of this Chocolate Martini recipe! This decadent cocktail blends rich chocolate liqueur, vodka, and Baileys for a flavor explosion.


  • 2 ounces* Irish cream (like Baileys)
  • 1 ounce creme de cacao
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 tablespoon each cocoa powder and brown sugar, for the rim (optional)
  • Chocolate syrup, for the glass
  • Grated chocolate, for the garnish (optional)


  1. Wet the rim of a martini glass. Spread 1 tablespoon each cocoa powder and brown sugar on a plate, stir them together and spread into a single layer. Dip the outside of the rim of the glass into the plate. If desired, pour a swirl of chocolate syrup into the martini glass.
  2. Add the Irish cream, creme de cacao and vodka to a cocktail shaker. Fill it with 2 handfuls of ice and shake it until cold.
  3. Strain the drink into the prepared glass. If desired, garnish with grated chocolate.


*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

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

Keywords: Creme de cacao drinks

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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