If we asked people to name their top 5 favourite things in life, we’re pretty sure that gin and chocolate would feature prominently in most lists. So to combine these luxuries in the form of gin chocolate cocktails just makes sense.
Whether it’s as a garnish, as cocoa powder or melted in to the drink all we care about here is that gin and chocolate co-exist in close heavenly quarters.
If you’re looking for the ultimate indulgent treat after a hard day, look no further – these 7 gin chocolate cocktails have got what you want (and possibly need) to unwind and have a bit of ‘me’ time. Go on – you deserve it.
Best Gin and Chocolate Cocktails
Piston Chocolate Forest
Piston Gin describe this cocktail as like black forest gâteau in a glass. We’re inclined to agree – and to make it immediately.
- • 50ml Foret Noire Gin (chilled)
- • 30ml dry shaken double cream
- • Dark chocolate
- 1. Pour 50ml of chilled Foret Noire Gin into a Martini Glass.
- 2. Layer on the double cream and grate dark chocolate shavings to garnish.
An English Nightcap
We’re not sure that coffee and gin would be the ideal ‘nightcap’ but when a cocktail contains so many luxe ingredients and tastes so good, we’re staying up late!
- • 50ml Orangery Gin
- • 30ml cocoa powder
- • ½ shot of espresso
- • 25ml half and half
- 1. Shake the gin, cocoa powder and espresso shot in a cocktail shaker with ice until chilled.
- 2. Fine strain into a glass and layer with half and half on top.
- 3. Garnish with cinnamon (either light on top or as a stick).
Samara Chocolate Surprise
Samara Gin is inspired by the beauty of Costa Rica and they know a thing or two about making world class gin so this is a match made in heaven (tastes like heaven too).
- • 25ml of Samara Gin
- • 50ml of semi skimmed milk (or substitute with almond milk)
- • 25ml of whipped cream
- • 1 tsp of dark cacao powder
- • 15ml of sugar syrup
- 1. Add all the ingredients and shake vigorously with ice.
- 2. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with dark chocolate pieces.
Chilli Devil Horns
For those who like it a bit spicy, meet the Chilli Devil Horns. It’s made with chilli gin liqueur so it won’t be as strong as other gin chocolate cocktails, but what it lacks in alcohol content it more than makes up for in fiery deliciousness.
- • 50ml Gin Bothy Chilli Gin Liqueur
- • Lemonade or tonic water
- • Dark chocolate
- • Red chilli
- • Mint
- 1. Add a measure of Gin Bothy Chilli Gin Liqueur to a glass with crushed ice.
- 2. Top up with lemonade or tonic water.
- 3. Garnish with dark chocolate, red chilli and mint.
Chocolate Orange Negroni
A twist on a classic Negroni, this recipe from Pocketful of Stones Distillery takes two classic flavour pairings, chocolate and orange, and creates all sorts of ginny chocolatey delights.
- • 25ml Marmalade Old Tom Gin
- • 25ml Martini Rosso
- • 25ml Campari
- 1. Mix all the ingredients into a glass with ice and stir gently.
- 2. Garnish with a twist of orange and chocolate shavings.
The name of this gin chocolate cocktail says it all. The creamy texture of Baileys alongside the crisp taste of Sky Wave London Dry Gin with a helping of melted dark chocolate. Pure bliss.
- • 50ml of Sky Wave London Dry Gin
- • 30ml of Baileys Irish Cream
- • 15g of dark (70% cocoa) chocolate
- 1. Measure the gin into a small bowl. Melt the chocolate and scoop into the gin, whisking until blended well.
- 2. Add the Baileys.
- 3. Pour the mixture into a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Shake vigorously for 12-15 seconds.
- 4. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with dark chocolate and optional raspberries or lemon twist.
This recipe from Cat Morley is really spoiling us! When you combine one of the must luxurious chocolates with one of the most indulgent cream liqueurs then good things are going to happen. Very good things.
- • 40ml Shetland Reel Original Gin
- • 30ml hazelnut liqueur
- • 40ml Baileys Irish Cream
- • Fererro Rocher to garnish
- 1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the gin.
- 2. Add the hazelnut liqueur and Baileys.
- 3. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.
- 4. Add some more ice and serve with a Fererro Rocher.