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- Prep 5min
Updated June 23, 2015
ounce chocolate liqueur
ounce white creme de cacao
Hershey’s™ Special Dark™ syrup
Lightly drizzle chocolate syrup around chilled martini glass with. Mix remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass.
Nutrition InformationNo nutrition information available for this recipe
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The Ultimate Chocolate Martini Cocktail Recipe
My Chocolate Martini recipe uses three simple ingredients: vanilla vodka, Godiva chocolate liqueur, and creme de cacao to make a deliciously balanced vodka martini. Modifications are listed if you wish to make this recipe dairy-free and still have the best homemade chocolate martini without the bar bill or a cab ride home.
There used to be a place I used to go in Queens called Lounge Bartini. Every single drink was served in a martini glass. At the time, it was a hip place to go. And seemingly everyone was having a good time. But like some establishments, they didn't keep the good vibe up.
No matter. When you know how to make a good drink at home, there is no need to go out. And for what you'll spend on a single drink, you can just about buy a bottle of decent quality at the local liquor store.
Best of all, when it's time to go home, you won't need an Uber either.
Now, if you have a love of chocolate, then here is a drink that might satisfy that need for something chocolatey while also satisfying the something sweet and something that will bring a bit of a buzz. It's the perfect pick me up or wind down to a long week (or day).
What’s in a chocolate martini?
The vodka martini is about as far from a classic dry martini as they come. In fact, it’s ironic that vodka martinis even carry the name! The Classic Martini is straight up gin and vermouth: it’s as dry as they come. You can also make a vodka version of the classic, but a family of sweet and fruity vodka martinis started to become popular in the 1990’s. There’s really no resemblance to the original martini: so it’s just a fun excuse to make a vodka mixed drink!
The chocolate martini is a concept that all bartenders riff on, so there’s no “official” definition like the lemon drop martini or espresso martini. Here’s what we put in our chocolate martini recipe:
- Irish cream (like Baileys)
- Creme de cacao
- Heavy cream
- Simple syrup
- Cocoa powder
Frequently Asked Questions
Don’t forget that this cocktail is made of 3 different alcohols and no mixers. Depending on which brands you use, you can expect this martini recipe to be around 22 percent ABV or 44 proof.
Yes, you can! It may change the texture of the drink a bit, but as long as you’re not missing out on the signature chocolate flavor then experiment away!
You don’t need to leave the fancy cocktails at the restaurant! If you’re having a date night at home or just craving a chocolate martini (and who isn’t?) just follow this simple 4-ingredient recipe and feel just as fancy right at home.
Here's what you'll need to make it
For the best chocolate martini, you'll need just a few simple ingredients. I've included a few different options for each so you can make your own delicious cocktail.
- Godiva Chocolate Liqueur - Godiva chocolate is the star of the show here. It's a creamy chocolate liqueur, which is different from creme de cacao which is not creamy. I used the original version, but you can also use the dark chocolate or white chocolate flavors of Godiva liqueur in this recipe. All three will give you that decadent chocolate flavor, it's just a matter of what kind of chocolate you prefer.
- Baileys Irish Cream - this adds to the sweetness and creaminess of the drink. You actually have a lot of options here---you can use any cream liqueur but I use the original Baileys because it's easier to find. They also make an espresso cream version, a salted caramel flavor, and an almond milk version that you can use instead.
- Vodka - there are so many options for vodka. I use plain vodka because that's what I keep stocked at home (I'm partial to Ciroc). But you can use vanilla vodka, coconut, caramel, marshmallow, or any other vodka flavor that you like. If it's a flavor you would find in a truffle, try it in your cocktail!
- Cream - this is optional depending on how strong you like your martinis. It makes it even creamier and tones down the alcohol a bit. You can use half and half, heavy cream, coconut milk, or even chocolate milk or nut milk. If you like Nutella, this hazelnut milk would be amazing in it!
- Cacao powder - I use cacao powder to sprinkle on top because that's what I keep at home for baking, making hot chocolate, and dusting on coffee drinks. But you always can use cocoa powder or chocolate mix if that's what you have.
As far as bar equipment, you'll definitely want a cocktail shaker to shake and chill your drink (this one has a built-in strainer).
Just fill the shaker with a cup of ice, add your drink ingredients and shake for a smooth creamy texture. And be sure to use classic martini glasses to serve it!
Top your martini with a dusting of cacao powder for a little extra chocolate flavor. Or drizzle chocolate syrup inside of your martini glass before pouring. Or top it with more chocolate---use a grater on the edge of a chocolate bar for shavings or a vegetable peeler to make curls.
For a festive look, rim the glass with a mixture of grated chocolate and sugar. Just pour a little chocolate syrup onto a small plate and dip the rim of the glass in it. Then dip it in a dish of the sugar chocolate mix.
Baileys Chocolate Martini
While this Baileys chocolate martini is perfect for a Christmas party, you really can enjoy it any time of year or perhaps New Year's Eve which is just around the corner! After having one of these, you may never go back to another martini as it's really the best chocolate martini recipe out there.
For me, martinis have an interesting story and they revolve around my dad. Back in the 90s, according to him, he brought back the martini craze. He started ordering Cosmopolitans all of the time. The funny thing is, you wouldn't catch him ordering a Cosmo ever these days. But while he's over his Cosmos, it did hook him on old school martinis - specifically with Bombay Sapphire. And while he may not have brought back the martini, there was definitely a cocktail renaissance in 90s.
So while I didn't inherit his love of gin, I did discover this Baileys chocolate martini a few years ago when trying to find a good Christmas party drink. Be careful though, these are dangerous! They taste so good you don't realize you are drinking 100% alcohol.
Chocolate Martini Recipe
Usually, if I’m having a friend over for cocktails, we tend to have one or two over the course of the night.
Gone are the days of overindulgence or pouring drink after drink – that really doesn’t appeal to me at all. I just want to chill with my friend and enjoy a great conversation over a delicious cocktail. And when you’re only having one or two – you can afford to be a little indulgent!
Now, I’ve tried other “chocolate martini” recipes and they just don’t hit the spot. I am a true chocolate lover, I want real chocolate flavor – not “chocolate flavoring.” Plus, I think a chocolate martini should be creamy – while most that I’ve tried are not.
If you want a more traditional chocolate martini recipe, you’ll just mix together 2 ounces vodka and 1 1/2 ounces crème de cacao. That will get you an opaque drink with a hint of chocolate flavor.
Now, I have two ways that you can make this cocktail – one with a homemade chocolate ganache that is just creamy and decadent beyond belief BUT it takes a little longer to prepare as the chocolate ganache needs to be made and cooled before you start mixing your cocktails or the second way where you can combine a motley crew of different liquors to achieve your final chocolate martini.
This chocolate martini recipe is an indulgent option for a girl’s night or a boozy dessert after a heavy meal. It is everything a dessert cocktail should be and more.
Tip: I often order my liquor from Drizly because they have a quick delivery time (sometimes within 40 minutes) and no expensive mark-ups. Purchasing from them supports local retailers, too. You can order all of the alcohol needed for this recipe from them:
- Vodka and Bailey’s Irish Cream for the chocolate ganache version
- OR Chocolate liqueur,Creme de cacao and Vodka for the quick version
Chocolate Martini Ingredients
For the chocolate ganache:
For the Chocolate Martini:
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Makes 2. (Although the ganache is enough for 4 martinis, if you want seconds.)
Or, if you need a Quick Chocolate Martini (no ganache):
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Cocktail shaker
- Vegetable peeler (to shave chocolate)
- Measuring cup
- Glass or ceramic bowl
I really love using my gorgeous Omishome Bartending Kit to make my cocktail recipe. The pretty bamboo holder contains all of the tools you need to make perfect cocktails, and those pretty gold tools add a touch of class to your home bar set-up.
How to Make Chocolate Martinis
To shave the chocolate:
Run a vegetable peeler along the side of a chocolate bar or chocolate bark. It will curl and shave the chocolate into pretty tendrils. Some will break into smaller pieces which is perfect for the edge of the glasses.
To make the chocolate ganache:
Place the chopped chocolate in a glass or ceramic bowl and set aside.
Place the half and half in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a gentle boil.
Pour the heavy cream over the chopped chocolate and stir until the chocolate melts.
Let the ganache cool completely before making the chocolate martinis.
To make the Chocolate Martinis:
First, if you want that garnished edge, place the shaved chocolate in a shallow bowl big enough for the glass’s rim.
Run the rim of your glasses under water and then swirl the rims through the shaved chocolate until the chocolate sticks to the edge of the glass. Set aside.
Add 1 cup of ice to a cocktail shaker, then add 1/2 cup of the chocolate ganache, along with the vodka and Bailey’s.
Shake vigorously to blend and chill, then taste. You may want to add more Bailey’s or more ganache to your mixture.
Divide the cocktail mixture into two glasses and garnish with additional chocolate shavings.
Grab your free printable for our easy chocolate martini recipe:
TGIF! Today we’re busting out the cocktail shaker and making one of my favorite adult beverages: chocolate lovers martinis!
Sticking with the theme of chocolate month, these cocktails are LOADED with chocolate flavor! Thanks in large part to a homemade chocolate syrup and creme de cacao. Most recipes call for vodka and chocolate liqueur, but I had an impossible time finding Godiva chocolate liqueur. And when I finally did, I was shocked that it was 45 dollars for one bottle! So I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a quick and easy alternative instead! I also really like that by doing this, I get to control exactly what ingredients go into my cocktail. And can rest assured no weird chemicals, corn syrups, sugars and stabilizers are in it.
How to Make Chocolate Martinis
This is one of those oh so simple recipes. Just shake and go, right?
Place the half and half, vodka, crème de cacao, and Godiva in a shaker with ice. If you don&rsquot have a cocktail shaker set, use two cups turned with openings facing each other.
The key: just make sure you don&rsquot wedge them too tightly that they won&rsquot come apart. I&rsquove found that putting them together at an angle works better than anything else.
Line your glass with chocolate syrup to make it look pretty, but use less than you think you&rsquoll need. Gravity helps you more than you anticipate here.
Shake the alcohol, and pour immediately into your glass. Serve and enjoy.
When you pour, make sure the ice stays in the shaker and not in your glass. Its purpose is to chill the cocktail further without diluting your drink so you can enjoy it fully.
If there are leftovers, save them. You can make this up to two days in advance if you&rsquore having a party and want to get prep done early. Make sure you cover your pitcher, and you&rsquore set.
Warning: placing them into a &ldquowater&rdquo bottle is dangerous. Just sayin&rsquo!
Chocolate Martini Variations
Just as you wouldn't settle for only one type of dessert in your life, you shouldn't settle for just one type of chocolate martini, either. Browse through these unique variations on the classic cocktail and see which one makes your mouth water first.
White Chocolate Martini
Not everyone is a die-hard fan of milk chocolate. If that sounds like you, make this white chocolate martini instead. This cocktail will definitely settle like a dessert with the way it'll fill up your stomach and lull you to sleep.
- 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup for garnish
- 1 ounce heavy cream
- ½ ounce white crème de cacao
- 2 ounces white chocolate liqueur
- 1 ounce vanilla vodka
- In a chilled martini glass, drizzle chocolate syrup around the inside in a swirling pattern. Set aside.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the heavy cream, white crème de cacao, white chocolate liqueur, and vanilla vodka.
- Add ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain into the prepared martini glass.
Diary-Free Chocolate Martini
Either you or someone you know might not be able to ingest dairy products, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to enjoy the beloved taste of chocolate every once in a while. This dairy-free chocolate martini switches out its dairy-based milk products for oat milk and only uses dairy-free booze to create a stomach-friendly drink.
- 2 ounces chocolate oat milk
- 1½ ounces crème de cacao
- 2 ounces vodka
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the oat milk, crème de cacao, and vodka.
- Add ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
Chocolate Martini With Gin
There's many a die-hard fan of gin out there, and while some consider gin to be an acquired taste, there's nothing stopping anyone from adding it to their favorite cocktails. Take this gin-credible chocolate martini for example, as it takes the regular chocolate martini recipe and substitutes the vodka for gin.
- 1 ounce Irish Cream
- 1 ounce dark chocolate liqueur
- 2 ounces gin
- Dark chocolate shavings for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the Irish Cream, dark chocolate liqueur, and gin together.
- Add ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain into a chilled martini glass and top with dark chocolate shavings.
Autumnal Equinox Martini
Focused on highlighting your favorite autumnal spices, this autumnal equinox martini is best enjoyed during the second-half of the year when the leaves are changing, pumpkin spice enthusiasts are out and about in abundance, and Halloween is just around the corner.
- 1 ounce white crème de cacao
- 1½ ounces RumChata
- 2 ounces vanilla vodka
- Dash of cinnamon for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the white chocolate liqueur, RumChata, and vanilla vodka.
- Add ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a dash of cinnamon.
Chocolate Pudding Martini
Perhaps the most indulgent recipe of the bunch, this chocolate pudding martini is the most dessert-like out of all of your other options. Perfect for the sweet tooths in your life, this drink incorporates pudding mix and whipped cream to the original mixture for a drink that can be enjoyed with both a straw and a spoon. It makes about 4 drinks.
- 1 package chocolate instant pudding mix
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup Irish cream
- ½ cup vodka
- 8 ounces whipped cream
- Graham cracker crumbs for garnish
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the pudding mix, milk, Irish cream, and vodka.
- Whisk the ingredients until thickened and chill for about five minutes.
- Once chilled, fold in the whipped cream.
- Wet the rim of a martini glass and dip it in the graham cracker crumbs.
- Using an ice cream scoop, add one or two scoops to a martini glass.
A few years ago, hazelnut and chocolate might have been considered an underdog pairing, but the birth of Nutella onto the American market solidified them as one of the best duos in the baking world. Now, you can bring your love of Nutella to the bar cart by whipping up a Nutella martini.
- Melted chocolate
- ¾ ounce Frangelico
- ¾ ounce chocolate liqueur
- 2 ounces vanilla vodka
- Chocolate shavings for garnish
- Dip the rim of a martini glass in melted chocolate. Freeze to chill the glass and harden the chocolate.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the Frangelico, chocolate liqueur, and vanilla vodka. Add ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain the mixture into the prepared martini glass.
- Garnish with the chocolate shavings.
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