You know that creme de cacao is a chocolate lover’s dream, but maybe you’re looking for new ways to use this chocolate liqueur with hints of vanilla for your next cocktail party. This is where we come in to offer you our sixteen favorite drinks with creme de cacao.
Light Vs. Dark Creme de Cacao
Before heading to a local liqueur store, you should know that there are two types of creme de cacao. There are both light and dark varieties, and while both liqueurs feature notes of chocolate, dark creme de cacao is richer and sweeter.
Many creme de cacao recipes call for one or the other, but if you’re in a pinch, you can certainly substitute one for the other. Just know that the flavor and color might be slightly different.
- Light Vs. Dark Creme de Cacao
- Our 16 Favorite Creme de Cacao Cocktails
- 1. The Bushwacker
- 2. The Grasshopper
- 3. Golden Cadillac
- 4. Brandy Alexander
- 5. Silk Stocking
- 6. Keoke Coffee
- 7. Leche Mexican
- 8. Barbary Coast
- 9. Chocolate Martini
- 10. White Chocolate Martini
- 11. Funfetti Cake Batter Martinis
- 12. Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini
- 13. Cadbury Creme Egg Martini
- 14. Commodore No.2
- 15. Psycho Killer
- 16. Jellyfish Shot
- These Creme De Cacao Drinks Will Become Your New Favorites
Our 16 Favorite Creme de Cacao Cocktails
1. The Bushwacker
The Bushwacker has earned its rank in the category of classic cocktails and is a different type of tropical-inspired drink that can best be described as a creamy delight. This rich, decadent combination of dark crème de cacao, dark rum, and coffee liqueur is infused with the lusciousness of coconut cream. Toss a cocktail umbrella in this, and find us at the beach!
2. The Grasshopper
If you’re unfamiliar with the Grasshopper, this drink combines the flavors of chocolate and mint. The flavor and the fact that this is a simple three-ingredient cocktail make the Grasshopper hard to resist. You only need creme de cacao, creme de menthe, and half and half. For an extra decadent cocktail, you’ll also want some chocolate syrup to drizzle around your glass before pouring.
This version of the Grasshopper is shaken with ice in a cocktail shaker, but you can also substitute vanilla or chocolate ice cream for the half & half and then toss it all in a blender for a grown-up mint chocolate milkshake!
3. Golden Cadillac
The Golden Cadillac is an unsuspecting combination of three flavors you wouldn’t normally think would go together. Still, we can’t help but send our thanks to whoever created this classic cocktail because we absolutely love the unique flavor of this drink.
For the Golden Cadillac, you’ll need white crème de cacao, Galliano Liqueur, and cream. If you aren’t familiar with Galliano, it’s an Italian herbal liqueur with all sorts of exciting flavor notes, such as anise, vanilla, cinnamon, and a touch of citrus fruit.
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and pour into your favorite cocktail glass. Garnish with a dash or two of nutmeg, and enjoy.
4. Brandy Alexander
The Brandy Alexander was a hugely popular cocktail in the 70s and 80s and then slipped off the cocktail scene for a while. Now, as sophisticated cocktail culture has reemerged, delicious drinks like the Brandy Alexander have made their way back onto cocktail menus and home bar cocktail hours.
The Brandy Alexander is dark crème de cacao, brandy, and cream. Shake all the ingredients well with ice and pour into a beautiful glass, then garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg. The Brandy Alexander is also a wonderful adult milkshake if you switch out the cream for vanilla ice cream.
5. Silk Stocking
The Silk Stocking is smooth and silky, but watch out because it’s also deceptively strong. Tequila combines with white crème de cacao, grenadine, and cream in a chilled cocktail glass.
Grenadine is a cocktail syrup known for its vibrant red hue and sweet, tart flavor. It’s made from pomegranates and is used in a variety of cocktails. This fruity flavor mixes beautifully with the chocolate flavor of creme de cacao. The tequila adds an interesting element and blends surprisingly well with the other flavors in this easy-to-sip cocktail.
6. Keoke Coffee
Sometimes, you want your cocktail to be warm and decadent. This delicious Keoke Coffee is what you’re after. You’ll want to brew a strong cup (or pot if you’re sharing with friends) of your favorite coffee. Then, liven it up with a combination of brandy, Kahlua, and creme de cacao.
Topped with a nice dollop of whipped cream, this is one of our favorite creme de cacao cocktails. We could even see swapping out the coffee for hot chocolate for a yummy, sweet treat.
7. Leche Mexican
Leche Mexican, also called Mexican Milk, is a spin on a Brandy Alexander cocktail. The difference is that instead of brandy as the base, this is a creamy tequila drink that tantalizes your taste buds and have you wanting to drink your “milk” every day.
This cocktail recipe is simple. All you need is tequila, crème de cacao, and milk or half & half. This recipe suggests mixing it all in a cocktail strainer with ice and then pouring it into a small glass. As tasty as this drink is, we must agree with the small glass. It’s rich and one of those alcoholic beverages that pack a surprisingly hefty punch.
8. Barbary Coast
We’ve noticed a trend with creme de cacao drinks. Many of them look so creamy and innocent until you’re halfway through your first cocktail, and suddenly you think you need to hand over the car keys to a designated driver. The Barbery Coast is another deceptively strong creme de cacao cocktail.
The Barbery Coast features a trio of scotch whiskey, gin, and white crème de cacao. A touch of cream transforms this drink into a luscious, smooth cocktail. Garnish with just a sprinkle of nutmeg to enhance all the flavors.
9. Chocolate Martini
What would a list of creme de cacao recipes be without a decadent chocolate martini? We weren’t going to let this favorite dessert drink go unacknowledged. This Chocolate Martini recipe by Homemade Food Junkie is to die for.
This epic chocolate cocktail all starts with swirling some luscious chocolate syrup around the inside of a martini glass, then placing the martini glass in the freezer to get nice and chilled while you make the chocolate martini.
Next is the good part. Combine creme de cacao and heavy cream with ice in a shaker and toss it around. Pour into your chilled glass and enjoy with a nice sprinkling of chocolate shavings.
10. White Chocolate Martini
If you’re looking for a bit of balance in your cocktail hour, we highly suggest trying this White Chocolate Winter Martini as the lighter counterpart of the standard chocolate martini. This martini recipe calls for white crème de cacao, white chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, and half & half.
You’ll shake all the ingredients together with ice until it’s nice and frothy. This is also the point where you could take some liberties with this cocktail recipe and add some other interesting flavors. For example, you might want to add in a bit of peppermint schnapps or go in a different direction with hazelnut liqueur for chocolatey nutty flavor in your martini.
11. Funfetti Cake Batter Martinis
Who needs a birthday cake when you can have a Funfetti Cake Batter Martini to celebrate any occasion? We love fun cocktail recipes like this that show that cocktail making doesn’t have to be stuffy and that it’s ok to have your dessert in a glass!
Along with white crème de cacao, you’ll also want to gather fun ingredients for your bar, like wedding cake vodka, white chocolate liqueur, amaretto, and half & half. Don’t forget the whipped cream and sprinkles to top it off!
12. Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini
by Simple Joy
The Chocolate-Covered Cherry Martini is your favorite treat from a box of chocolates but in cocktail form. If you love chocolate-covered cherries, this will become your new favorite recipe.
Cherry vodka, crème de cacao, grenadine, and heavy cream, combine to make a sweet and creamy drink. You could make this with either dark or white crème de cacao. We also tried this using maraschino liqueur in place of the grenadine and a dusting of cocoa powder. It was absolutely delicious.
13. Cadbury Creme Egg Martini
Cadbury Creme Eggs are as strongly associated with Easter as jelly beans and chocolate bunnies. Now, you don’t have to search for the foil-covered chocolate eggs, and you can enjoy the taste of your favorite candy any time of year!
This drink starts out a little like a chocolate martini, with creme de cacao, white chocolate cordial, and vanilla vodka. What adds just the right flavor for this to taste like a Cadbury Creme Egg is the addition of butterscotch schnapps. Don’t forget to add a generous drizzle of chocolate sauce into your glass before serving.
14. Commodore No.2
Many of the creme de cacao drinks on our list are a bit heavy and sweet, more like dessert-style drinks. We’re changing the direction here with Commodore No.2, which is a stronger cocktail without all the “fluff.”
Commodore No.2 is white crème de cacao, bourbon, fresh lemon juice, and just a touch of grenadine syrup. This cocktail makes an excellent after-dinner drink when you have the chance to sip on it slowly and savor every drop.
15. Psycho Killer
With a name like Psycho Killer, you might be a little apprehensive about giving this a shot. Once you see the ingredient list, you might even be unsure of how this one will taste. But trust us, once combined, all the various flavors and notes taste scrumptious together.
The ingredient list for the Psycho Killer includes white creme de cacao, Irish whiskey, banana liqueur, and Campari that has been infused with cacao beans or nibs.
You end up with a cocktail that offers flavors of fruit and chocolate without an overly sweet taste. We’d call this more of a cordial-style cocktail that deserves to be sipped slowly rather than one you might order at a bar for a quick drink before dinner or a show.
16. Jellyfish Shot
If you’ve mastered the art of the layered shot, it’s time to give the Jellyfish Shot a try! The layering process is a little involved, but it makes for one fun-looking shot once you get it just right. The base of the shot is creme de cacao and amaretto, that’s then topped with a layer of Irish cream.
The final step is to take a dropper filled with grenadine and add a few drops to the shot. As the grenadine is added in, it pulls the Irish cream down with it, creating an effect that looks just like a tiny jellyfish in your glass!
These Creme De Cacao Drinks Will Become Your New Favorites
The chocolatey flavor of creme de cacao is irresistible, especially for any chocolate lover. What many people don’t realize is that creme de cacao is also extremely versatile and complements a wide variety of cocktail recipes. Which of these creme de cacao drinks is your favorite? We’d love to hear your input!