Coffee Cocktails with Heart of Darkness Liqueur

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So – it appears that you all really enjoyed my cocktail post using the D’Urban Scarlet Gin!  So much so, that I was sent a lovely bottle of liqueur by the same people who make D’Urban Gin – Distillery 031.

The Heart of Darkness is a rich, deep coffee liqueur made with ethically-sourced AA grade, single origin, Arabica coffee from Tanzania.  I’ve actually compared it to Kahlua – 2 glasses, one with the Kahlua and one with Heart of Darkness in.  While the Distillery 031 HOD is a lighter colour, I find it not as sweet as the more generic liqueur.  It’s also richer and more complex.


The biggest difference in the two though?  The coffee flavour itself.  While Kahlua is probably the most infamous coffee liqueur in the world, it has a flavour very reminiscent of instant coffee.  The Distillery 031 HOD both smells and tastes like freshly brewed espresso.  Absolutely delicious and much more up the alley of real coffee lovers (*cough cough* Nicola from Run on Coffee).

So, Hubby and I whipped up some traditional recipes for you, using this delicious local liqueur.

Durban Coffee


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Durban Coffee

Love an Irish Coffee? Well, this is how we do it Durban-style!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Servings 1


  • 50 ml Heart of Darkness liqueur
  • 100 ml Fresh filter coffee
  • slightly thickened cream
  • grated Lindt chocolate


  • Brew some fresh coffee - we used the Starbucks Cafe Verona pods that are compatible with your Nespresso machine.
  • Pour your Heart of Darkness liqueur into your glass, followed by your coffee. Give it a brief stir to combine the two.
  • I like to thicken my cream up a little - not straight out the bottle, but not whipped. Pour this over the back of a spoon into the glass, to create a floating layer of cream.
  • Finely grate some good quality dark chocolate - we used Lindt 70% cocoa chocolate. Sprinkle on top.

For me, this recipe is just a step up from a regular Irish or Kahlua coffee – there’s something about the liqueur that tastes that much better!

031 Iced Coffee


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031 Iced Coffee

We love the idea of condensed milk coffee, but wanted to translate this into a cocktail for warmer weather - so we made it iced!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Servings 1


  • 50 ml Heart of Darkness Liqueur
  • 150 ml fresh brewed coffee, chilled (I made ours & put it in the fridge until cold)
  • 1 tbsp condensed milk


  • Make some fresh filter coffee - once again we used the Starbucks Cafe Verona coffee pods. I made the coffee and then put it in a jug in the fridge until chilled.
  • Drizzle condensed milk down the sides of your glass. It will collect at the bottom, but don't worry!
  • Pour your Heart of Darkness liqueur in, followed by the chilled coffee.
  • Add a straw (like my funky copper one from Le Famished Cat) or a drink stirrer.
  • Serve - you can then stir up the ingredients to combine them for a creamy, decadent iced coffee.


I love the creaminess of the condensed milk in this, with the icy, boozy coffee.  It’s a truly decadent cocktail, and an amazing one to end a meal!


You can purchase the Distillery 031 Heart of Darkness liqueur at selected bottle stores (I’ve found it at Hillcrest Tops), or online at the Hillcrest Tops website HERE or on KZN Craft Revolution HERE.

Like these recipes?  Check out my post using the D’Urban Scarlet Gin HERE!

*DISCLAIMER – while the bottle of Heart of Darkness was gifted to me by Distillery 031, this post is not in collaboration with them.


Beauty and Lifestyle blogger, wine addict and all-round lover of all things beautiful and sparkly!

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  1. Nicola Meyer

    5 stars
    What fab recipes! Haha definitely REAL #lovecoffee

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