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The 9 Best Chocolate Cocktail

Chocolate Martini 

This luxurious cocktail became popular in the 1990s, when flavored "Martinis" were king. Our recipe blends two types of chocolate—chocolate liqueur and dark crème de cacao—with vodka and heavy cream.   

Inspired by the oft-forgotten Alexander drink, which had a gin base, this cognac variant (formerly known as the Alexander #2) incorporates dark creme de cacao and heavy cream.  

Brandy Alexander 

Many mid-century dessert cocktails are based on crème de cacao and heavy cream, the most renowned of which is the Grasshopper, which also contains mint-flavored creme de menthe.  


Chocolate complements the sweeter notes of bourbon, as evidenced by this Sam Ross modern classic, which is simply a Boulevardier with three dashes of chocolate bitters.   

Left Hand 

This herbaceous dessert cocktail, made with equal parts Galliano, white crème de cacao, and heavy cream, originated in 1952 at the restaurant Poor Red's in El Dorado, California.   

Golden Cadillac

This gently rich and zesty drink, similar to a chocolate-flavored Corpse Reviver No. 2, contains gin, Lillet Blanc, white crème de cacao (rather than orange liqueur), and lemon juice.   

20th Century 

Angie Conigliaro, a bartender at Ship's Store & Sapphire Pub on the island of St. Thomas, introduced this frozen drink, which is now common at beach bars around the world, in 1975.   


This silky cocktail from Las Vegas bartender Tony Abou-Ganim, a spin on the Chocolate Martini, comprises vodka and chocolate liqueur, but is sweetened with simple syrup instead of creme de cacao and shaken with cocoa powder.   

Tootsie Roll 

Bartender Orlando Franklin McCay's unique Margarita riff uses mezcal, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, a black chocolate and orange syrup, and mole bitters to resemble the iconic Mexican sauce.   

Black Mole Margarita