If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that I had a very productive weekend. If you like to drink, that is. I made this Homemade DIY Chocolate Liqueur, Homemade DIY Grenadine (post coming later), and have a batch of Homemade DIY Hazelnut Liqueur (post coming soon) that will be ready on Wednesday! I know you can go to the store and buy these things, but there is no comparison between what you make and what you buy. What you make is soooo much better! With a few ingredients and supplies you can have some of the best chocolate liqueur you’ve ever tasted. I’m warning you though, you probably should double my recipe. I am already eyeing the bottle, wondering how long it will last!
You start out with some of your favorite vodka, mine just happens to be Blue Ice – it’s an American Potato Vodka – so it’s gluten free! Then you grab you some Organic Traditions Organic Cocoa Nibs – these are my favorites and put them in a jar with a lid.
For steeping the nibs, I used a Ball Quart Wide Mouth Mason Jar with a Ball Wide-Mouth Plastic Storage Cap. This steeps for 8 days and then you make a simple syrup and add that plus some vanilla extract to the vodka and nibs, and let it steep for one more day.
Then you strain through a coffee filter (I just used a fine mesh strainer), into a bottle. Take a little sip while you’re straining, come back here and thank me profusely. You will. It’s amazing. I think it would be good in coffee, hot chocolate, cocktails, baked goods, frozen goods, sipping for dessert, breakfast … sorry, got carried away.
Homemade DIY Chocolate Liqueur
- 2/3 cup cocoa nibs
- 1 1/3 cup vodka
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Combine cocoa nibs and vodka in a jar with a lid. Shake and let steep for 8 days.
- Bring the sugar and water to a boil. Let it cool and then add it and the vanilla extract to the vodka. Let steep for one more day.
- Strain the nibs and filter through a coffee filter into a bottle.