Five creative chocolate cocktails from top London bars

Celebrate the Easter weekend by creating one of these indulgent chocolate cocktails with recipes from brilliant London bars

Words by Louella Berryman

chocolate cocktails

When it comes to creating chocolate-flavoured cocktails, your mind might first wander to a Chocolate Martini, perhaps a chocolate twist on a White Russian or even a boozy hot chocolate drink. But chocolate cocktails don’t have to be super-sweet and they can actually be rather sophisticated if London’s bars are anything to go by. Why not sip on a chocolate Champagne cocktail, an Old Fashioned flavoured with cacao or a riff on a Manhattan?

The recipes we’ve gathered from a selection of London’s best bars range from retro classics like a Grasshopper from Irish bar Homeboy to a modern take on the Old Fashioned from Soho’s top Sri-Lankan spot Paradise. There’s something for fans of a longer drink too – Abajo’s Something Bubbly pairs a chocolate-and-hazelnut cocktail base with a Champagne top. Some of the below recipes require a bit more skill, patience and home-bartending equipment, while others will just require a dash or two of chocolate bitters. Keep reading for creative takes on chocolate cocktails from the best of the UK’s capital.

Chocolate cocktail recipes from top London bars

homeboy chocolate cocktail

Homeboy’s Grasshopper

  • 20ml Jameson Whiskey
  • 20ml creme de cacao
  • 20ml creme de menthe
  • 10ml double cream
  1. Shake in a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice cubes, then strain into a Nick and Nora glass or coupe.

Find out how to visit Homeboy here

paradise chocolate cocktail

Paradise’s Miso Ghee and Chocolate Old Fashioned

  • 50ml miso and ghee fat-washed Buffalo Trace bourbon*
  • 10ml Kithul syrup (or maple syrup)
  • 3 dashes of Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters
  • orange peel, to garnish
  1. Fill a tumbler with ice, pour in the ingredients and stir with a cocktail stirrer until combined.
  2. Garnish with orange peel.

*To make the bourbon


  • 700ml Buffalo Trace bourbon
  • 170g ghee
  • 15g miso paste
  1. Heat the bourbon, ghee and miso on a low temperature in a saucepan on the hob until everything melts together.
  2. Freeze the mixture in a container until the ghee and miso have solidified.
  3. Strain the mixture through a coffee filter.

Find out how to visit Paradise here

abajo chocolate cocktail

Abajo’s Something Bubbly

  • 20ml Drambuie Liqueur
  • 10ml Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
  • chocolate bitters
  • 165ml Champagne
  1. Fill a highball glass with a handful of ice cubes, then mix in the Drambuie and Frangelico with a cocktail stirrer until combined. Top with ice if necessary.
  2. Pour in the Champagne and wait for it to settle.
  3. Finish with at least two dashes of chocolate bitters.

Find out how to visit Abajo here

ino chocolate cocktail

INO’s Cacao au Rum

  • 50 ml barrel-aged cocoa-infused rum*
  • 10 ml simple syrup
  • 2 drops cherry bitters
  • mango slice, to garnish
  1. Add a handful of ice into a mixing glass with the infused rum, syrup, and cherry bitters, then mix well.
  2. Strain the cocktail into a tumbler filled with ice and garnish with a mango slice.

*To make the barrel-aged cocoa-infused rum


  • 700ml Plantation Rum
  • 70g cacao beans
  1. In a vacuum bag, seal the rum and cacao beans.
  2. Immerse the vacuum bag in a water bath and cook for 40 minutes at 64C.
  3. Then, remove the bag from the water bath and strain the rum through a j-cloth.
  4. Once strained, cool it down in the fridge.
  5. Transfer the infused rum in an oak barrel and keep it for at least two weeks.

Find out how to visit INO here

sette chocolate cocktails

Sette’s Kiss and Say Goodbye

  • 40ml Speyside whisky
  • 30 ml bourbon
  • 20 ml sweet vermouth
  • 10ml Barolo Chinato
  • 2 dash chocolate bitters
  • orange peel, to garnish
  1. Stir all the ingredients with a handful of ice cubes in a cocktail beaker or shaker.
  2. Strain and serve in a chilled, cold Nick and Nora glass or coupe glass.
  3. Garnish with orange peel.

Find out how to visit Sette here