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.
Make this liqueur:
Homemade DIY Chocolate Liqueur
Time does all the work in this Homemade DIY Chocolate Liqueur
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.
Ages for 8 days.
I’m linking up with:
Bloggers Brags @ Honey and Birch
Linky Party @ Lou Lou Girls
Treasure Box Tuesday @ Yesterfood
The Hearth and Soul Hop @ The 21st Century Housewife
Delicious Dish Tuesday @ Full Time Mama
Tasty Tuesdays @ Anyonita Nibbles
Tipsy Tuesdays @ Grey is the New Black
Thursty Thursday @ Hopelessly Every After