Cocoa Lovers Chocolate Old Fashioned Cocktail Drink Recipe

Are you a cocoa lover looking to make a Chocolate Old Fashioned cocktail?

Our quick & easy Old Fashioned recipe is a favourite with chocolate fans. It’s a popular whiskey cocktail to serve at Christmas and New Years parties.

Our slightly sweet Chocolate Old Fashioned Cocktail recipe features premium whiskey, Creme de Cacao liqueur, orange bitters, and orange peel.

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What Is A Chocolate Old Fashioned?

The Old Fashioned is a classic whiskey cocktail that was developed during the 19th century and was given its name in the 1880s. The drink is typically prepared by muddling sugar with bitters and water, adding whiskey, garnishing with an orange slice and cocktail cherry.

We’ve shared several tasty rifts on the traditional old fashioned including a Scotch Old Fashioned Cocktail, Irish Old Fashioned Cocktail and Christmas Old Fashioned.

A Chocolate Old Fashioned, also known as a Cocoa Old Fashioned, is a creative play on the popular whiskey cocktail featuring the addition of chocolate flavour.

Recipes vary depending on the cocktail bar you visit or mixologist you meet. Some Cocoa Old Fashioned recipes incorporate chocolate bitters, while other shake whiskey with Creme de Cacao liqueur.

Our favourite time of year to shake up this festive Old Fashioned is obviously during the Christmas and New Years holiday cocktail party season!

This easy Christmas whiskey cocktail tastes like the holidays in a glass. The recipe features several layers of festive flavour: decadent chocolate and fragrant orange peel.

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Festive Chocolate Old Fashioned Cocktail recipe ingredients.
Festive Chocolate Old Fashioned Cocktail recipe ingredients.

Travel The World to Taste Whiskey

There’s no better way to familiarize yourself with the best Chocolate Old Fashioned recipe then by planning a vacation to visit the world’s best whiskey distilleries.

Some of the world’s most famous whiskey/whisky distilleries can be found in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The booming whiskey trend has also produced a high demand for premium whiskey produced by distilleries in Canada and America.

We’ve visited a handful of whiskey distilleries in Europe as well as a chic whiskey cocktail bar at Multnomah Whiskey Library in Portland and Stranahans in Denver.

In Scotland we enjoyed a scenic road trip to the Isle of Islay, which is best known for its famous Islay Scotch whisky distilleries. If you’re looking to experience the best things to do on the Isle of Islay visit award-winning distilleries like Bruichladdich, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Bowmore.

We also suggest sipping local Scottish whisky on the Isle of SkyeGlasgowEdinburgh and The Highlands. One of our favourite things to do in Edinburgh is the The Scotch Whisky Experience.

Fly over to Ireland and you’ll find plenty of fine whiskey produced by famous distilleries like Jamesons and Bushmills. There’s no better way to educate yourself about Irish Whiskey then by taking a tour of Jameson Distillery near Cork and Bushmills along the Causeway Coast. They’re both worth a day trip from Dublin.

Looking to plan the ultimate road trip of Canada to discover the best Canadian whisky?

Our favourite Canadian whiskies include Lot 40 from OntarioMasterson’s from AlbertaCaribou Crossing from QuebecGoodridge & Williams from British Columbia and Glenora from Nova Scotia.

This easy Cocoa Old Fashioned is prepared with premium whiskey.
This easy Cocoa Old Fashioned is prepared with premium whiskey.

Types of Whiskey

The wonderful world of whiskey can be confusing for newbies as there is a lot more variety compared to vodka and gin.

Whiskey is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash or by distilling beer. Various grains are used for different varieties, including barley, corn, rye, and wheat. Whisky is typically aged in wooden casks, generally made of charred white oak.

The best way to familiarize yourself with whiskey and find a new favourite is by sipping as many varieties as you can. You’ll find single malt whiskies, blended whiskies, single pot still whiskey and and everything in between.

Our Cocoa Old Fashioned recipe features premium whiskey and the flavour profile of the craft cocktail can be adjusted to suit your tastes based on whichever bottle you chose. Add a Bourbon to your cocktail shaker and you’ll enjoy a sweeter flavour. Or grab a bottle of Islay Scotch to experience peaty undertones.

  • Scotch: is made in Scotland with either malt or grain. The spirit must age in an oak barrel for at least three years. Many of the top Scotch bottles are revered for their peaty character. Popular Scotch brands include Johnnie Walker, Ballantine’s and Ardbeg.
  • Irish Whiskey: has a smoother flavor than other types of whiskey. It’s made from a mash of malt, can only be distilled using water and caramel coloring, and must be distilled in wooden casks for at least three years. Popular Irish whiskey brands include Jamesons, Bushmills and Green Spot.
  • Bourbon: An American-style whiskey, bourbon is made from corn. In fact, to be called bourbon whiskey, the spirit needs to be made from at least 51% corn, aged in a new oak barrel and produced in America. It has no minimum aging period and needs to be bottled at 80 proof or more. Popular Bourbon brands include Ezra Brooks, Wild Turkey and Maker’s Mark.
  • Canadian Whisky: must be barrel-aged for at least three years. It’s lighter and smoother than other types of whiskey because it contains a high percentage of corn. You will find that most Canadian whiskies are made from corn and rye, but can also include wheat and barley. Popular Canadian whisky brands include Canadian Club, JP Wiser’s and Wayne Gretzky Estates.
This easy Chocolate Old Fashioned recipe features whiskey, Creme de Cacao, orange bitters and orange peel.
This easy Chocolate Old Fashioned recipe features whiskey, Creme de Cacao, orange bitters and orange peel.

Chocolate Old Fashioned Cocktail Ingredients

This homemade Cocoa Old Fashioned recipe is made with premium ingredients:

  • Whiskey: we tested this recipe with Canadian Wayne Gretzky Estates Whiskey, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and Glenfiddich Scotch.
  • Creme de Cacao: a chocolate-flavoured liqueur made of cocoa beans and vodka and often scented with vanilla.
  • Bitters: we suggest using orange bitters or cocoa bitters to flavour this Old Fashioned.
  • Orange Peel: garnish the cocktail with orange peel.

Cocoa Old Fashioned Recipe Tips

This festive Old Fashioned recipe is easy to make at home, ready to serve in under 5 minutes.

Our Chocolate Old Fashioned cocktail serves one person. If you’re hosting a large gathering feel free to multiply the ingredients by the number of guests and muddle the drink in a festive punch bowl or jug rather than a cocktail shaker.

You can use orange bitters or chocolate bitters to flavour this Old Fashioned. Feel free to garnish each rocks glass with a chocolate stick to impress guests.

Muddle the drink with large pieces of ice or ice spheres to ensure the cocktail does not dilute too quickly.

Serve a Chocolate Old Fashioned in a rocks cocktail glass.
Serve a Chocolate Old Fashioned in a rocks cocktail glass.

Best Bartender Tools & Cocktail Equipment

Before hosting a swanky Cocoa Old Fashioned cocktail soiree you’ll need to ensure you have the best bartender tools and cocktail equipment.

  • Cocktail Kit: cocktail kits are the perfect gift for newbie mixology fans as they include basic bartender tools like a jigger, shaker and spoon.
  • Cocktail Shaker: a bartender’s best friend. Purchase a premium cocktail shaker to muddle or shake up your favourite pink gin cocktails.
  • Cocktail Glassware: make sure your bar is stocked with a selection of unique glassware to show off your favourite cocktail creations.
  • Hawthorne Strainer: this unique strainer features tightly wound coils and perforated holes. It keeps ice and other large ingredients like lime wedges in your cocktail shaker rather than in the glass.
  • Bar Spoons: slender and long bar spoons are a must-have when stirring drinks.
  • Bottle Opener: easily open bottles of beer or cider with the flick of your wrist or purchase a corkscrew for fine wine.
  • Pouring Spout: once you’ve opened a new bottle of gin insert these affordable pourers to make cocktail assembly a breeze.
  • Cutting Board: purchase a petite cutting board for your bar to slice garnishes or citrus wedges like lime, orange, lemon or grapefruit.
  • Ice Bucket: chill bottles of gin quickly in an ice bucket or keep by the bar when muddling gin mixers into cool creations.
  • Ice Crusher: fans of the Mint Julep love an ice crusher.
  • Ice Cube Kit: we suggest purchasing a selection of ice cube trays. Silicone styles are our favourite as they’re easy to clean and are available in various shapes and sizes.
  • Jigger: use a jigger to accurately measure spirits, juices, syrups and shrubs.
  • Juicer: invest in an electronic juicer or buy an affordable hand-held to easily juice fresh citrus like lemons and limes.
  • Muddler: fans of the Mojito love a sturdy muddler to mix mint and lime. Muddler’s are handy for any cocktail featuring ingredients that need a pounding like fresh herbs or citrus wedges.
  • Citrus Peeler & Zester: adorn your craft cocktails with a thick citrus peel or finer ribbons of lime or lemon zest.
  • Rimmer: Bloody Mary and Caesar lovers should outfit their bar with a handy rimmer for salting and sugaring glassware.
We love serving Cocoa Old Fashioned cocktails at Christmas and New Years parties.
We love serving Cocoa Old Fashioned cocktails at Christmas and New Years parties.

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Now you're an expert on how to make the best Cocoa Chocolate Old Fashioned cocktail recipe!
Now you’re an expert on how to make the best Cocoa Chocolate Old Fashioned cocktail recipe!

How To Make A Chocolate Old Fashioned Cocktail

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Chocolate Old Fashioned

Learn how to make an easy Chocolate Old Fashioned. This festive cocoa cocktail recipe features whiskey, chocolate liqueur & orange bitters.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Old Fashioned
Servings: 1
Calories: 194kcal


  • Cocktail spoon
  • Shot Glass
  • Rocks glass


  • 0.5 oz Creme de Cacao
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • 2 oz Whiskey
  • Orange Peel


  • Combine creme de cacao, whiskey and orange bitters into an ice-filled cocktail glass.
  • Stir with a cocktail spoon until combined.
  • Garnish with orange peel.


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 6g

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