Samoa Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Samoa cocktail is a delightful drink inspired by the famous Girl Scout Samoa cookies. It's a relatively modern creation, designed to capture the flavors of the beloved cookie in a sophisticated, adult beverage. This cocktail would be a hit among those who enjoy sweet, dessert-like drinks and have a fondness for the nostalgic flavors of their childhood treats.

How Samoa Cocktail Tastes?

The Samoa cocktail is a rich, creamy, and indulgent drink. It has a sweet, chocolatey base with a hint of caramel and a touch of coconut. The finish is smooth and satisfying, reminiscent of the famous cookie it's named after.

Interesting facts about Samoa Cocktail

  • The Samoa cocktail is named after the popular Girl Scout cookie.
  • It's a dessert cocktail, perfect for after-dinner enjoyment.
  • Despite its sweet taste, it contains a good amount of alcohol, making it a true cocktail.


A few good options for Samoa Cocktail are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Chocolate Liqueur

The chocolate liqueur is a sweet and velvety foundation for our Samoa Cocktail. At 1.5 oz, we're setting the stage for a chocolatey hug in every sip. If you skimp on this, the cocktail loses its indulgent character; too much, and it might be a choco-overload! A nice alternative could be crème de cacao, although this might result in a less creamy texture.

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Caramel Vodka

Pouring in 1 oz of caramel vodka adds a kiss of sweet, burnt sugar flavor that makes the cocktail reminiscent of a Samoa cookie. Without it, you miss out on depth and that signature caramel profile. Swap it with vanilla vodka and you'll get a different but still dessert-like drink.

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Coconut Rum

0.5 oz of coconut rum infuses tropical vibes and balance without overpowering the drink. No coconut rum? The cocktail might seem less 'Samoa' and more 'just chocolate'. But if you're in a bind, a splash of coconut extract could do the trick.

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Half and Half

The 2 oz of half and half create the creamy, dreamy mouthfeel of this liquid dessert. Less would make the drink lean and less luxurious, more might make it too thick. Consider light cream as an alternative. It maintains creaminess while cutting a few calories.

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Chocolate Syrup

The drizzle of chocolate syrup isn't just for looks; it adds a touch of sweetness and a fun visual swirl. Forget the syrup, and you lose an extra chocolatey touch. A substitute? Melted chocolate, but watch out—it hardens quickly!

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Toasted Coconut Flakes

Garnishing with toasted coconut flakes lends a delightful crunch and an aroma that ties the whole drink together. It's a garnish, so your cocktail will survive without it, but the texture and full experience would definitely be lacking.

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Recipe. How to make Samoa Cocktail Drink

  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. In a shaker, combine chocolate liqueur, caramel vodka, coconut rum, and half and half.
  3. Shake well until mixed.
  4. Drizzle the inside of the chilled glass with chocolate syrup.
  5. Strain the cocktail into the glass.
  6. Garnish with toasted coconut flakes.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to chill your glass before making the cocktail. It helps to keep the drink cold for longer.
  • When garnishing with coconut flakes, try toasting them first. It enhances their flavor and adds a nice crunch to the drink.

Perfect Pairings

Sweet Desserts

Pair this rich and creamy Samoa Cocktail with a variety of sweet treats. The chocolate and caramel notes work particularly well with:

  • Chocolate desserts: Anything from a decadent chocolate mousse to a simple chocolate chip cookie.
  • Caramel desserts: A slice of caramel cheesecake or homemade caramel popcorn would complement the cocktail's flavor profile.
  • Coconut desserts: Coconut cream pie or coconut macaroons will highlight the coconut flavor in the drink.


A cup of plain, unsweetened coffee can balance the sweetness of the cocktail and cleanse the palate between sips.

Fresh Fruits

Light and tangy fruits like pineapple or mango can provide a refreshing contrast to the rich, creamy notes of the Samoa Cocktail.

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What you could change in Samoa Cocktail

  • Chocolate Liqueur: You can use any chocolate-flavored liqueur or even a chocolate-flavored vodka.
  • Caramel Vodka: If you can't find caramel vodka, you can use regular vodka and add a bit of caramel syrup.
  • Coconut Rum: You can use regular rum and add a bit of coconut cream.

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Samoa Spiced Rum Cocktail

Take a walk on the spicier side by swapping the coconut rum for spiced rum. This version brings warmth with hints of cinnamon and clove, pairing perfectly for a fall variation of the drink. Your taste buds will dance with the blend of spices and sweet flavors.

1.5 oz Chocolate Liqueur 1 oz Caramel Vodka 0.5 oz Spiced Rum 2 oz Half and Half Chocolate Syrup and Toasted Coconut Flakes for garnish

Follow the original recipe but with the spiced rum substitute. Expect a warming sensation, perfect to enjoy on chilly evenings.

Samoa Coffee Cocktail

Why not give your Samoa Cocktail a caffeine kick? Replace the half and half with the same amount of cold brew coffee. This version is for the coffee lovers and adds a robust, bitter balance to the sweetness.

1.5 oz Chocolate Liqueur 1 oz Caramel Vodka 0.5 oz Coconut Rum 2 oz Cold Brew Coffee Chocolate Syrup and Toasted Coconut Flakes for garnish

The addition of cold brew will create an exciting mix of flavors. It's a dessert and a pick-me-up all in one glass!

Vegan Samoa Cocktail

Cater to plant-based preferences by using a non-dairy milk such as coconut milk and a non-dairy whipped topping. Also, make sure the chocolate liqueur and syrup are vegan-friendly. This spin respects dietary restrictions without cramping the cocktail's style.

1.5 oz Chocolate Liqueur (Check for vegan brand) 1 oz Caramel Vodka (Ensure vegan-friendly) 0.5 oz Coconut Rum 2 oz Coconut Milk Vegan Chocolate Syrup and Toasted Coconut Flakes for garnish

This tropical, vegan delight will charm anyone looking for a cruelty-free indulgence.

In case you forgot basics how to make Samoa Cocktail

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Samoa Cocktail

What other types of cocktails can be made using chocolate liqueur?

Chocolate liqueur can be used in a number of other cocktails such as a Chocolate Martini, Mudslide and a Chocolate Covered Cherry.

Can I use a different kind of glass if I don't have a martini glass?

Yes, while a martini glass is traditionally used for this recipe, any type of glass will work. The most important factor is that the glass is chilled.

What gives the Samoa Cocktail its significant flavors?

The Samoa Cocktail gets most of its flavors from the sweet chocolate liqueur, caramel vodka and coconut rum. Together, they create a complex, sweet, and tropical flavor profile.

What are some similar cocktails I might enjoy?

If you enjoy Samoa Cocktail, you might also like a Mudslide, a Piña Colada, or a White Russian, which are sweet and creamy.

Is there a nonalcoholic version of the Samoa Cocktail?

Yes, this can be made non-alcoholic by using chocolate milk instead of the chocolate liqueur, caramel syrup instead of the vodka, and coconut cream instead of the rum.

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