Chocolate Mint Julep Cocktail Drink

Chocolate Mint Julep

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

If you’re craving a unique twist on a classic cocktail, this Chocolate Mint Julep recipe is exactly what you’re looking for! It’s a delightful drink packed with flavor, and the ingredients are simple to gather, making it an absolute breeze.

Chocolate Mint Julep Recipe

Indulge in this delightful Chocolate Mint Julep recipe! Crafted with bourbon, chocolate bitters, dark Crème de Cacao and fresh mint, this sweet & refreshing cocktail is ideal for crisp fall evenings.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

214 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • oz Dark Crème de Cacao
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • 3 dashes Chocolate bitters
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint sprig, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Julep Cup or Old Fashioned Glass
  • Muddler
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer
  • Straw

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Pour 3 dashes Chocolate bitters into a Julep cup or Old Fashioned glass.
  • Add Mint: Place 6-8 fresh mint leaves in one hand and gently smack it with the other, to release its aromas. Add the mint to the glass.
  • Add Crème de Cacao: Pour in ⅔ oz Dark Crème de Cacao as well.
  • Add Bourbon: Measure and pour in 2 oz Bourbon.
  • Add Ice: Fill the glass three quarters full with crushed ice.
  • Stir: Using a bar spoon or long stirrer, churn well to combine the ingredients.
  • Add Ice: Add a straw and top up with more crushed ice.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a mint sprig and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon, you can use rye whiskey or brandy as a substitute. Both will give a different flavor profile but still work well with the chocolate and mint.
  • Crème de Cacao: Any kind of cocoa or chocolate liqueur will work for this recipe (including white chocolate or cacao!). As a last resort, you can try using a splash of chocolate syrup as a substitute or, if you’re patient, make a homemade version by infusing cocoa beans in vodka for a few weeks and then adding sugar to taste.
  • Chocolate bitters: If you don’t have any chocolate bitters on hand, you can use regular Angostura bitters as a substitute; they work very well in this cocktail too.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute. Several brands are available that mimic the flavor of bourbon without the alcohol. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own bourbon substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla and cinnamon are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-whiskey” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Crème de Cacao Substitute: For a non-alcoholic version, you can use chocolate syrup, either home-made or store-bought.
  • Chocolate bitters: Note that two or three dashes of bitter in an otherwise alcohol-free drink won’t raise the overall ABV of the drink: the drink will indeed chemically contain a drop of alcohol, but won’t make you intoxicated at all. Depending on your reason for not drinking alcohol and your degree of tolerance on the topic, you may decide to simply leave them out or to use them anyway when preparing your drink - both ways will work just fine!
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including bourbon, are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process: always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan. The same goes for the Crème de Cacao, as some brands may use dairies in their production line.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
214
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Fiber
 
0.3
g
1
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Potassium
 
20
mg
1
%
Cholesterol
 
0.2
mg
0
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.04
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.3
g
Vitamin A
 
14
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
0.1
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
3
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Chocolate Mint Julep Cocktail Drink

Chocolate Mint Julep Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Indulge in this delightful Chocolate Mint Julep recipe! Crafted with bourbon, chocolate bitters, dark Crème de Cacao and fresh mint, this sweet & refreshing cocktail is ideal for crisp fall evenings.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 214

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • oz Dark Crème de Cacao
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • 3 dashes Chocolate bitters
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint sprig - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Julep Cup or Old Fashioned Glass
  • Muddler
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer
  • Straw

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Pour 3 dashes Chocolate bitters into a Julep cup or Old Fashioned glass.
  • Add Mint: Place 6-8 fresh mint leaves in one hand and gently smack it with the other, to release its aromas. Add the mint to the glass.
  • Add Crème de Cacao: Pour in ⅔ oz Dark Crème de Cacao as well.
  • Add Bourbon: Measure and pour in 2 oz Bourbon.
  • Add Ice: Fill the glass three quarters full with crushed ice.
  • Stir: Using a bar spoon or long stirrer, churn well to combine the ingredients.
  • Add Ice: Add a straw and top up with more crushed ice.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a mint sprig and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon, you can use rye whiskey or brandy as a substitute. Both will give a different flavor profile but still work well with the chocolate and mint.
  • Crème de Cacao: Any kind of cocoa or chocolate liqueur will work for this recipe (including white chocolate or cacao!). As a last resort, you can try using a splash of chocolate syrup as a substitute or, if you’re patient, make a homemade version by infusing cocoa beans in vodka for a few weeks and then adding sugar to taste.
  • Chocolate bitters: If you don’t have any chocolate bitters on hand, you can use regular Angostura bitters as a substitute; they work very well in this cocktail too.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute. Several brands are available that mimic the flavor of bourbon without the alcohol. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own bourbon substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla and cinnamon are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-whiskey” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Crème de Cacao Substitute: For a non-alcoholic version, you can use chocolate syrup, either home-made or store-bought.
  • Chocolate bitters: Note that two or three dashes of bitter in an otherwise alcohol-free drink won’t raise the overall ABV of the drink: the drink will indeed chemically contain a drop of alcohol, but won’t make you intoxicated at all. Depending on your reason for not drinking alcohol and your degree of tolerance on the topic, you may decide to simply leave them out or to use them anyway when preparing your drink - both ways will work just fine!
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including bourbon, are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process: always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan. The same goes for the Crème de Cacao, as some brands may use dairies in their production line.

What is a Chocolate Mint Julep?

A Chocolate Mint Julep is a whiskey-based cocktail made of bourbon, dark crème de cacao, chocolate bitters, and fresh mint leaves.  This drink is a variant of the classic Mint Julep, traditionally associated with the southern United States and most specifically the Kentucky Derby.

A side shot of a Chocolate Mint Julep cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a wooden tray surrounded by plant leaves and mint leaves in a bowl

What is a Chocolate Mint Julep made of – The ingredients

A Chocolate Mint Julep requires these specific ingredients:

  • Bourbon Whiskey: The base spirit of the drink. Its rich, full-bodied flavor adds depth and complexity to the cocktail.
  • Dark Crème de Cacao: This rich chocolate liqueur adds a smooth, chocolatey sweetness to the cocktail. The dark crème de cacao complements the bourbon and mint, providing a rich and indulgent flavor.
  • Chocolate Bitters: Chocolate bitters enhance the chocolate notes from the crème de cacao and add depth and complexity to the cocktail. They bring a subtle bitterness and spiciness that balances the sweetness and enhances the overall flavor profile of the drink.
  • Fresh Mint Leaves: They add a refreshing touch to the drink and pair well with both the bourbon and the cacao liqueur.
  • Crushed Ice: Serves to chill the drink quickly while diluting it slightly, making it smoother and more enjoyable to sip on.
  • Mint Sprig: Used as a garnish. It enhances the aroma of the drink, making it more inviting.

Bourbon, dark creme de cacao, mint leaves and chocolate bitters laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Chocolate Mint Julep?

Get to know how to craft a delicious Chocolate Mint Julep with our easy instructions:

1
<p>Start by pouring 3 dashes of chocolate bitters into the Julep cup or Old Fashioned glass. The chocolate bitters add a rich, chocolatey depth that complements the mint and bourbon.</p>

Start by pouring 3 dashes of chocolate bitters into the Julep cup or Old Fashioned glass. The chocolate bitters add a rich, chocolatey depth that complements the mint and bourbon.

2
<p>Take 6-8 fresh mint leaves in one hand and gently smack it with the other to release its aromas. </p>

Take 6-8 fresh mint leaves in one hand and gently smack it with the other to release its aromas.

3
<p>Drop the mint leaves into the glass. The mint provides a fresh and aromatic herbal flavor that is essential to the Julep.</p>

Drop the mint leaves into the glass. The mint provides a fresh and aromatic herbal flavor that is essential to the Julep.

4
<p>Now, measure and pour ⅔ ounce of dark crème de cacao into the glass. The dark crème de cacao adds a smooth, chocolatey sweetness that pairs perfectly with the mint and bourbon.</p>

Now, measure and pour ⅔ ounce of dark crème de cacao into the glass. The dark crème de cacao adds a smooth, chocolatey sweetness that pairs perfectly with the mint and bourbon.

5
<p>Finally, measure and pour 2 ounces of bourbon into the glass. The bourbon provides a robust and warming base for the cocktail, with notes of caramel and vanilla.</p>

Finally, measure and pour 2 ounces of bourbon into the glass. The bourbon provides a robust and warming base for the cocktail, with notes of caramel and vanilla.

6
<p>You can now fill the glass three quarters full with crushed ice. Crushed ice helps to dilute the drink slowly, keeping it cold and refreshing.</p>

You can now fill the glass three quarters full with crushed ice. Crushed ice helps to dilute the drink slowly, keeping it cold and refreshing.

7
<p>Using a bar spoon or long stirrer, churn well to combine the ingredients. This ensures an even distribution of flavors and a well-balanced cocktail.</p>

Using a bar spoon or long stirrer, churn well to combine the ingredients. This ensures an even distribution of flavors and a well-balanced cocktail.

8
<p>Add a straw.</p>

Add a straw.

9
<p>Top up with more crushed ice (remember, when it comes to ice: the more, the better!). The extra ice keeps the drink cold and adds to the traditional presentation of a julep.</p>

Top up with more crushed ice (remember, when it comes to ice: the more, the better!). The extra ice keeps the drink cold and adds to the traditional presentation of a julep.

10
<p>Smack a mint sprig with your hands.</p>

Smack a mint sprig with your hands.

11
<p>Place a mint sprig into the glass for garnish. The mint sprig adds a fresh, aromatic touch and enhances the visual appeal of the drink.</p>

Place a mint sprig into the glass for garnish. The mint sprig adds a fresh, aromatic touch and enhances the visual appeal of the drink.

A Chocolate Mint Julep cocktail, shot from above, in an old fashioned glass on a beige surface surrounded by Bourbon, dark creme de cacao, mint leaves and chocolate bitters

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FAQ

How many calories does a Chocolate Mint Julep contain?
A standard serving of Chocolate Mint Julep contains approximately 200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Chocolate Mint Julep cocktail?
The strength of a Chocolate Mint Julep cocktail typically ranges around 25-28% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), which translates to 50-56 proof. This makes it a rather strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Chocolate Mint Julep?
The primary alcohol used in a Chocolate Mint Julep is bourbon, paired with dark crème de cacao (which is a type of chocolate liqueur).
In what kind of glass is a Chocolate Mint Julep served?
Traditionally, a Chocolate Mint Julep is served in a julep tin or in an old-fashioned glass, just as a classic Mint Julep would be.
What does a Chocolate Mint Julep taste like?
A Chocolate Mint Julep offers a delightful blend of flavors. The chocolate's sweetness balances the mint's sharpness, while the bourbon and the chocolate bitters add depth and warmth. Overall, it's a refreshing yet indulgent drink.
How is a Chocolate Mint Julep served with ice?
A Chocolate Mint Julep is usually served over crushed ice, which helps to dilute the intense flavors slightly and makes the drink more refreshing.
Can I make a non-alcoholic version of a Chocolate Mint Julep?
You can make a non-alcoholic version of a Chocolate Mint Julep by substituting the bourbon and the cocoa liqueur with non-alcoholic substitutes (see section above, “Making it non-alcoholic”). . The result will still be a delicious and refreshing drink.
Is there any specific time or occasion to enjoy a Chocolate Mint Julep?
While no specific time or occasion is required to enjoy a Chocolate Mint Julep, it's often associated with celebrations and special occasions due to its indulgence. It also makes for a great dessert cocktail.

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