DIY Creme de Cacao

DIY Creme de Cacao
DIY Creme de Cacao

DIY Creme de Cacao

DIY Creme de Cacao is incredibly easy to make, only requiring very few ingredients and a little patience. Creme de cacao is used in various cocktails such as the Brandy Alexander, Grasshopper and Golden Cadillac to name a few.
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  • 750 mL Vodka or Rum high proof, 50%
  • 500 g Cacao Nibs
  • 3 Vanilla Beans Split

Simple Syrup:

  • 250 g Brown/Demerara Sugar
  • 250 g Water


  • Add both the cacao nibs, vanilla beans and your liquor to a swingtop bottle
  • Rest for 2 weeks, shaking periodically
  • Add 1:1 simple syrup to your bottle
  • Rest for a further 1-2 days
  • Voila, brown creme de cacao!


Alternatively, if you don't have the patience to wait several weeks, you can use heat to speed up the process. Gently heat the bottle in a water bath (30-60 mins) in place of the two weeks resting.
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