Crème De Cacao
Crème de Cacao traces its roots as far back as 16th century France. This traditional liqueur recipe is a far cry from the syrupy, dairy-based chocolate cream liqueurs you see in stores today. Our homemade Crème de Cacao is simple to make and bursting with flavor from cacao nibs, roasted in-house from Fair Trade cacao beans. Made this way, crème de cacao has an elegant, pure-dark-chocolate taste that is delicious on its own, over ice cream, or topped with seltzer for a grown-up chocolate soda. Use this chocolate liqueur to make a classic Grasshopper and our Cacao Old-Fashioned (instructions below) — perfect cocktails for your holiday party. This crème de cacao will keep for 2 months at room temperature, and much longer in the fridge.
2⁄3 cup cacao nibs
1 1⁄3 cups vodka
1 1⁄2 cups sugar
1 cup water
2 teaspoons real vanilla extract, or 1 vanilla bean, split open
How to Make:
• Combine the cacao nibs and vodka in a sealable glass jar. Shake and then let steep for 8 days.
• After the initial steeping period, bring the sugar and water just to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Let this syrup cool, then add to the jar along with the vanilla extract or entire split bean. Let steep for an additional day.
• Strain out the nibs through a sieve and discard. Then filter the liqueur through a coffee filter into the bottle or jar you'll use for storage.
Yield: 2 2⁄3 cups
Tags: Gluten Free, Vegan**
1 oz crème de cacao
1 oz crème de menthe
1 oz cream
Shake well with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish by grating a bit of a dark chocolate candy bar on top.
Cacao Old Fashioned:
2 oz bourbon
1⁄2 oz crème de cacao
Dash of bitters
1 Cherry and 1 orange slice
Combine bourbon, crème de cacao, and bitters in a shaker or large glass with ice. Stir briskly for 10 seconds. Strain into a glass and garnish with the orange and cherry.
**The components of the Crème De Cacao recipe are gluten-free and vegan. Please note that, with the exception of our chocolate made from bean-to-bar, all products are manufactured in the same factory as products that may contain allergens. Although we employ good manufacturing practices to minimize cross-contact, we do not guarantee any product is entirely free of minute traces of wheat, soy, tree nuts, or peanuts.