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Sugar Fix for Grownups: Our Favorite Chocolate Cocktails


Planning for a party? Girl’s night? Work get-together? Chances are even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, at least a few of your guests will. You don’t have to have a dessert buffet to keep them happy. There’s no more grownup way to indulge than with sweets-themed cocktails.

This time around, we’ve put together five chocolate cocktails to try for your next event.

Chocolate Martini Recipe

We’ll start with a simple classic here with a chocolate martini recipe. There are so many ways to give a martini a sweet twist, but for the purposes of this blog, of course, we’re highlighting this chocolate-centric masterpiece from Delish. Not only does this chocolatey twist on a classic offer just about the sweetest taste you could imagine, but it’s also topped with shaved chocolate flakes for a delightfully textured mouthfeel. What’s not to like?

What You’ll Need

  • 2 tbsp. chocolate syrup, plus more for drizzling
  • 4 oz. Baileys
  • 4 oz. chocolate liqueur  
  • 4 oz. vodka
  • Ice 
  • Shaved chocolate (optional)

Get the rest of this chocolate martini recipe over at Delish.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini

Assorted chocolate bars stacked

If you thought there was only one way to make a chocolate martini, think again. With this chocolate-covered strawberry martini, you get the best of both worlds – chocolate (duh!) and fruit. That’s healthy, right?

Beyond the mouthwatering flavor of this classic combo, we can’t get over how pretty this drink is with its pink color and the garnish of red sugar on the rim.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz strawberry vanilla bean syrup
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz creme de cacao
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • red sugar (optional)

Want to try the drink for yourself? Learn how to make it at Just a Little Bit of Bacon.

Jalapeño Chocolate Margarita

If you’re like us, chocolate probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of margaritas – that classically tart, citrusy drink perfect for Taco Tuesdays and summer nights. This jalapeño chocolate margarita might just change your mind.

This one does take a little bit of effort upfront, as you’ll need to simmer the jalapeño in chocolate syrup for up to an hour in order to infuse the chocolate with a spicy kick. But if you love interesting flavor contrasts, this one’s for you!

What You’ll Need

  • 3/4 cups water
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 jalapeño, quartered (with seeds)
  • 1/4 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 6 ounces triple sec
  • 8 ounces silver tequila
  • 1/2-1 cup coconut flakes, toasted
  • Lime wedges

To learn how to make the drink, get the recipe at Belle Vie.

Boozy Hot Chocolate with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream

boozy hot chocolate

You had us at salted caramel. And whipped cream. And hot chocolate.

But seriously, there’s only one thing better than hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night, and that’s grownup hot chocolate. Whether for your office holiday party or New Year’s Eve, this rich dessert cocktail is guaranteed to be the star of the show.

What You’ll Need

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup rum

Get the rest of the recipe for this delectable drink at Honestly Yum.

Drunken Peanut Butter Cups

Chocolate + peanut butter + vodka? There’s really no way to do this wrong. Luckily, the sweet treat experts at Delish are here to help you do it perfectly anyway. And for those who love presentation just as much as flavor, you’ll love the adorable peanut butter cup garnish on the glass.

This drink requires a little prep work, as you’ll need to infuse the vodka with Reese’s peanut butter cups ahead of time.

What You’ll Need

For the infused vodka:

  • 1 c. vodka
  • 1/2 c. Reese’s pieces

For the cocktail:

  • ice
  • 3 oz. Reese’s-infused vodka
  • 3 oz. milk
  • 2 oz. Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1/4 c. peanut butter, for rimming glass
  • 1/2 c. crushed Reese’s Pieces, for rimming glass
  • 2 Reese’s peanut butter cups, for garnish
  • 2 tbsp. chocolate syrup

Get the rest of the recipe over at Delish. Want more ideas for candy-inspired cocktails for your next (grownup) event? Check out our blog on candy cocktails, and don’t forget to explore our other recipe collections to satisfy your sweet tooth.