Last Updated on February 10, 2024 by David Michael

Chocolate Martini

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Rich and chocolaty, the chocolate martini will satisfy any chocolate craving. Serve this with or instead of dessert.

Creme de cacao is available in a clear or a brown version. I like to use the brown creme de cacao because it gives the drink a more chocolaty appearance. The Baileys Irish cream and the Kahlua enrich and intensify the chocolate flavor. The heavy cream thickens the drink and gives a luxurious mouth feel to the cocktail.

Chocolate Martini Recipe

1 ounce vodka
1 ounce creme de cacao (brown)
½ ounce Baileys Irish cream
½ ounce Kahlua coffee liqueur
½ ounce heavy cream
Garnish: chocolate syrup, chocolate shavings

Swirl chocolate syrup on the inside of a chilled cocktail glass.
In a cocktail shaker half filled with ice add the vodka, creme de cacao, Baileys, Kahlua, and heavy cream.
Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds to thoroughly blend and chill.
Strain into prepared cocktail glass and garnish with chocolate shavings.

Tips for a perfect chocolate martini

Chill the martini glasses to get a beautiful chocolate swirl. Keeping them in the freezer is ideal, or you can fill them up with ice and some water to chill while you make the cocktails.

Put the chocolate syrup in a squeeze bottle with a small opening. This will give you more control, and your swirls won’t be so heavy that they drip down the side of the glass. The cold glass will help the syrup hold its shape also.

Shave chocolate over the top using a microplane. As much as I love chocolate curls they are too heavy and sank into the drink instead of floating on top. Chocolate shaving grated on a microplane are perfect and adds a nice finishing touch.

For an added punch of chocolate flavor use chocolate infused vodka. There really is no such thing as too much chocolate.

The chocolate martini is an ideal Valentine’s day drink for chocolate lovers.

Check out our Valentine’s Cocktails post for more Valentine’s drinks that aren’t overly sweet.

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Barfly makes premium quality barware for the professional. This set has everything you need to shake up a chocolate martini, and do it with style.

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