Homemade Black Forest Chocolate Liqueur is the ultimate winter tipple. It is very easy to make and tastes decadent, rich, creamy & chocolatey, with a hint of cherries to boot. It makes a great edible gift for the holidays!
Where to start. Well, it’s certainly cold outside. Suddenly cold. And its Bonfire Night in just a few days time. These things combined tell me that it’s time to dig out the gloves and forego any notion that winter is far away. It really is not. In this scenario, there’s only one way to go for me: embrace the upcoming chilly season and all the glitz it has to offer and go full throttle on the comfort food. Or in today’s case, comfort drink.
I am partial to a glass of cream liqueur around this time of year through to around, oh um… February 28th. It’s a classic winter treat for me. I blame my Dad, he got me into it (thanks Dad). Today I’ve got a sneaky little libation that plays on the classic chocolate and cherry flavour pairing. Please say a big friendly hello to my Black Forest Chocolate Liqueur.
Within each sip, you’ll find a deeply satisfying chocolate flavour enhanced by a hint of cherry. The base liqueurs are brandy and cherry brandy, so expect a mellow, well rounded, but decidedly boozy hit. I recommend seeking out a quality brandy rather than the cheapest one the supermarket has to offer. Your efforts really will make a noticeable difference and the result will be a much more pleasant, well-rounded drink.
I’ve incorporated a small amount of milk into the recipe to thin the drink slightly. However, if you prefer a thicker liqueur you can omit the milk and keep it ultra thick – you’ll need a spoon to scrape the glass if you do.
This Black Forest Chocolate Liqueur is very simple to prepare, it keeps well for a month (at least) and, most importantly, it is all of the following:
This Black Forest Chocolate Liqueur is also rather disarming on the looks front. Packaged into pretty bottles it makes a charming foodie gift. That’s if you can bear to part with it. My recipe makes around 450ml, but if you do intend to gift it, or serve it in miniature bottles as favours for dinner guests, it’s easy to scale up the recipe.
All good drinks require a garnish and this Black Forest Chocolate Liqueur is no exception. Grab a nostalgic red and juicy cocktail cherry or go all suave and sophisticated with a Luxardo Maraschino Cherry or two. They are alluringly dark & sticky, making them the perfect partner for a glass of Black Forest Chocolate Liqueur.
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Black Forest Chocolate Liqueur
- 50 g/ 1/3 cup Dark chocolate (finely chopped)
- 3 tbsp Condensed Milk (sweetened)
- 175 ml/ 3/4 cup Single cream (US equivalent: light cream)
- 75 ml/ 1/3 cup Cherry Brandy
- 100 ml/ 1/3 cup + 5 tsp Brandy
- 1 tbsp Whole (full fat) milk optional
- Warm half of the cream in a saucepan until hot but not boiling
- Meanwhile, place the finely chopped chocolate into a heatproof jug
- Pour the hot cream over the chocolate, let sit for 30 seconds to allow it to melt, then beat with a mini balloon whisk until smooth
- Mix in the condensed milk, followed by the remaining cream
- Add the cherry brandy and brandy, stir well
- Optional step: to thin the drink stir in the milk
- Strain through a piece of muslin or a nut bag to ensure the final drink is smooth
- Decant into a sealable bottle and store in the fridge for up to 1 month
- Shake the bottle vigorously before pouring to re-blend any chocolate that has settled back into the drink
In the mood for more creamy liqueurs? Try these: