How to Make Chocolate Liqueur

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Just when you thought chocolate couldn't get any better, now you can turn it into a cocktail. The chocolate martini, meant to be a dessert drink, tastes fine any time. One of the key ingredients of the chocolate martini, or chocotini, is, of course, chocolate liqueur, a low proof and high caliber boutique liquor. You can make your own quality chocolate liqueur, which will rival any from the liquor store, in your very own kitchen.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 cups vodka
  • Medium saucepan
  • Mason jar with airtight lid
  • Empty liquor bottle with cap
  • Small funnel
  • Coffee filter
  • Turn on a stove burner to medium high heat. Place the saucepan over the burner.

  • Mix the water, sugar, and cocoa powder together in the saucepan. Allow the mixture to boil, stirring every 30 seconds.

  • Reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer, stirring every 30 seconds. Wait five to 10 minutes until everything is dissolved, then remove the saucepan from the stove top and allow the mixture to cool.

  • Pour the cooled mixture into the Mason jar. Split the vanilla been in half lengthwise, adding both halves to the mason jar. Pour the vodka in and seal the jar.

  • Place the jar in a dark area like in a cupboard or cabinet for two weeks. Open and briefly stir the contents every other day.

  • Place the coffee filter into the funnel and secure the funnel into the mouth of the empty liquor bottle. Pour a fourth of the mixture into the funnel. Wait 30 minutes to an hour for the mixture to filter through. Replace the coffee filter and repeat the filtering process with the rest of the mixture.

  • Cap the bottle and store your new liqueur in a cool and dark place such as a pantry for 30 days to allow the chocolate flavor to overpower any remaining vodka taste.

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References

  • "Luscious Liqueurs: 50 Recipes for Sublime and Spirited Infusions to Sip and Savor"; A. J. Rathburn; 2008
  • "Dessert Cocktails: Classic And Contemporary After-Dinner Drinks"; Michelle Dompierre-Southern; 2007
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