glass of chocolate liqueur on white plate with red napkin
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Amazing Chocolate Liqueur Recipe

An easy recipe for luscious chocolate liqueur to enjoy as a drink or drizzle over your ice cream, cheesecake, crepes, etc. Try it in coffee too! Note that when making it, you'll need 12 hours to chill the chocolate mixture, so overnight works well.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
resting time13 hrs 30 mins
Total Time13 hrs 45 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chocolate liqueur, liqueur
Servings: 100 (Makes about 12.5 cups)
Calories: 87kcal
Author: Cooking with Mamma C



  • 3 1/4 pounds granulated sugar (6 1/2 cups)
  • 10 1/2 ounces unsweetened cocoa powder (just over 2 1/4 cups)
  • 1/2 gallon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 17 ounces grain alcohol (such as Everclear 151 proof)


  • 6-quart pot
  • whisk
  • funnel
  • ladle
  • glass bottles (12 (8.5 -oz) or 6 (16-oz)


  • In a tall pot, combine the cocoa and sugar with a whisk. Add milk a little at a time, stirring as you go.
  • Place the pot over medium heat on the stove, stirring constantly. After a few minutes, foam will form on the surface. (If you still don't see foam, increase the heat a bit.)
  • Continue stirring constantly until the foam disappears. It will take about 25-30 minutes from the time you first placed the pot on the stove. (If the foam hasn't disappeared completely after 30 minutes, you can use a slotted spoon to scrape off the foam and discard it.) The mixture will look like chocolate pudding that hasn't set.
  • Turn off the heat and set the pot on a different burner to cool for 30-60 minutes before placing it, covered, in the refrigerator for 12 hours.
  • After the chocolate mixture has chilled, stir in the vanilla. Then, after one hour (the pot can stay out during that time) stir in the alcohol.
  • Have your clean glass bottles next to the pot. To fill each bottle, place a funnel in it and ladle in enough liqueur to fill it almost to the top. Cap or cork your bottles and store them in the refrigerator for up to six months or in the freezer for longer. Thaw frozen liqueur in the refrigerator.
  • To serve, shake the bottle first and then pour in your glass, coffee, or over your dessert.



If you can't find Everclear, substitute 100-proof vodka.
This recipe is from my sister-in-law's sister in Italy.


Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg