Crème de Cacao

(n.): A sweetened liqueur flavored with cacao (cocoa bean) and vanilla. The word “crème” refers to the rich texture of the liqueur, which is often achieved by adding sweeteners. Usually mixed in cocktails such as the Grasshopper or the Brandy Alexander, this sweet, chocolate-flavored alcohol may also be consumed with a splash of soda water as a digestif. Both dark (brown) and white (clear) versions exist; if neither is specified in the recipe, use white. Brands to try include Tempus Fugit.