Dark Chocolate Vanilla Liqueur

A couple of years ago, someone gave me Cacao Liqueur as a Christmas gift.  It was so delicious that I wanted to learn to make it.

Fast forward to the present and I think I have the liqueur that I adoringly love!  I’d been experimenting and, in fact, last Christmas, I made a batch and gave them away as gifts.  The liqueur was made with cocoa powder and they were delicious (as the recipients attest) but it was not (yet) perfect for me.

I wanted a rich, dark, deep chocolate-y flavor and a thick, creamy texture.

This time I think I got it after a few experiments.

My secret?  No cocoa, but bittersweet chocolate, thinned with milk!

(I re-used the nice decorative bottle of the Cacao Liqueur.)

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Chocolate Hazelnut Liqueur

The first batch I made was technically what they call “Nutellino“, which is essentially Nutella liqueur.  It was fast and easy to make and the recepients (friend S and brother E) proclaimed the drink “super yummy”.

But I suppose I wanted a bit of a challenge, so I went on to look for a “from-scratch” recipe… and this is what i found.  It was not exactly what I had in mind – I was looking for something creamy… a consistency similar to Irish cream… so I started to experiment a little.

First I did away with using cocoa powder.  I melted bittersweet chocolate (62%) with milk and a bit of cream.  After cooling, I added toasted hazelnuts and vodka and steeped everything for a month, after which I strained the mixture and used a decorative bottle.

I loved the texture – it was creamy, sweet, nutty, chocolate-y!

The picture shows the third batch I made, which was intended for hubby’s friends.  The bottle is actually a plastic water bottle which hubby preferred to a decorative glass bottle, saying that after drinking the liqueur, the water bottle can be reused as a carry-on water bottle by his friends!