Godiva has been one of the best-known names in gourmet chocolates since the Belgian chocolatier Joseph Draps started the company in 1926. The line of chocolate liqueurs follows the renowned chocolate tastes, bringing the creamy sweetness into a liquid form that we can use in our cocktails.
What began as a single chocolate liqueur has transformed into an entire portfolio that encompasses a variety of sweet flavors, each with a rich chocolate base. If you are looking for a chocolate liqueur, these should be one of your first choices.
The Godiva Liqueur Portfolio:
- Godiva Chocolate Liqueur - The original flavor, but not quite. At some point in recent years, the recipe was changed and some fans continue to lament the old recipe. Nevertheless, the new recipe is still decadent, soft, and creamy chocolate spirit that is great in any cocktail that calls for a chocolate liqueur or simply enjoyed on its own over ice.
- Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur - A softer and more delicate chocolate that is a mix of white chocolate and Madagascar vanilla. This one mixes well with fruits in drinks like the Chocolate & Orange Martini in which it can be used in place of white creme de cacao.
- Godiva Milk Chocolate Liqueur - Sweeter and creamier than the original, if you are looking for the ultimate in chocolate sweetness for your drinks, this is an excellent choice.
- Godiva Caramel Liqueur - A little milk chocolate and a little caramel, this liqueur combines the two for a fun liqueur. Use it as a chocolatey substitute for butterscotch schnapps or in Godiva's Carameltini: 1 ounce Godiva Caramel, 1/2 ounce Ciroc Vodka, shaken.
- Godiva Mocha Liqueur - Godiva's milk chocolate meets Arabica coffee beans in this tasty liqueur that can be a substitute for either chocolate or coffee liqueurs in a variety of cocktails. Think White Russian with a touch of chocolate or simply add it to a fine cup of hot coffee, adding whipped cream, of course.
Godiva liqueurs are 17% alcohol/volume (34 proof) and sell for about $29.99/750ml bottle.
There are also two vodkas under the Godiva name, and as one might expect, they are infused with the essence of chocolate. The first of the five times distilled vodkas is simply Godiva Chocolate Infused Vodka and this is a great substitute in any cocktail that already calls for chocolate-flavored vodka like this Mint ChocoChata Martini or for clear vodka in appropriate drinks like this Espresso Martini.
The other is Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Vodka, which is a little harder to place because it is not a flavor that's been around before. A few suggestions may be to transform this White Chocolatini into something with a little fruit or to simply top it with ginger ale or cream soda. Another option is to pair it with Champagne and a hint of mint.
The Godiva vodkas are 30% alcohol/volume (60 proof) and sell for around $32.99.
If you are looking for the ultimate in chocolate cocktails, try this one from Godiva which uses not one, but three of their chocolate spirits.
- 1 ounce Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
- 1/2 ounce Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
- 1/2 ounce Godiva Chocolate Vodka