This Chocolate Martini is a creamy decadent cocktail that’s like a sip of chocolate heaven in a glass!
With just 6 ingredients this Chocolate Martini is easy to make and will be a huge hit with your guests
Grab your martini shaker and let’s get started!Jump to Recipe
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6 Ingredients for making the ultimate Chocolate Martini
The ingredient list is simple but decadent!
- Godiva Chocolate Liqueur – There are other brands available but we highly recommend the original for the best flavor
- Homemade Irish Cream – We make our own and you can too!
- Half and Half – In a pinch you can use heavy cream instead
- Vodka – Any quality brand will work, or try it with vanilla vodka, for an extra bit of flavor!
- Hot Fudge Sauce or Dark Chocolate Syrup – Either will work but we love the deep dark flavor of our homemade hot fudge sauce!
- Cocoa for the glass rim – We like the taste of Ghirardelli brand but any brand will work as long as it’s on the darker side
- Chocolate Bar – This is optional for grating over the top of the drink
We chose to use the original Godiva Chocolate Liqueur brand for our recipe. You can find other chocolate liqueurs on the market, however, we haven’t tested this martini with anything else, so other brands may affect the finished flavor of your cocktail, and as a result we recommend Godiva for this recipe.
We used Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix to rim the martini glasses. This cocoa adds an amazing chocolatey flavor to this martini. There are many cocoas on the market to choose from, but this is our favorite.
How to make a Chocolate Martini from scratch
- With two small plates, side by side, add 2 tablespoon vodka to first small plate and add 1/4 cup cocoa to second plate
- Dip the rim of the martini glass into the vodka first and then dip the wet rim into the chocolate cocoa mix
- Gently turn the rim to make sure you have an even coat of cocoa all around the rim. Set the glass aside (see example photo below)
- Fill a martini shaker with ice cubes
- Add the chocolate liqueur, Irish cream, vodka, and half and half
- Shake vigorously until the shaker is almost too cold to hold and set aside
- Drizzle chocolate syrup into the glass down the interior sides (see example photos below)
- Pour the shaken drink evenly into each glass
- Garnish with the grated chocolate, if desired. We use the original Microplane classic zester/grater like the one pictured above. It’s a kitchen workhorse.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
How to Create a Chocolate Rimmed Glass
How to create a chocolate swirl inside a martini glass
- You can prepare the cocoa rims ahead of time but don’t do the swirl until right before serving the martinis
- Fill a small plastic squeeze bottle with chocolate syrup
- Tip bottle and start the swirl right under the chocolate cocoa rim
- Swirl around the glass – keep in mind any design will work!
- The extra chocolate on the interior of the glass really adds to the flavor of this delicious cocktail
- Immediately add the chilled martini mixture, serve, and ENJOY!
What are the best Chocolate liqueurs?
When it comes to chocolate liqueurs there are several to choose from at most liquor stores. The flavors from liqueur to liqueur can vary greatly. Chocolate liqueurs come in both White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate.
We prefer the Godiva brand, and use it for this recipe, as well as in our White Chocolate Snowflake Martini. Godiva is the original and guru of chocolate liqueurs, in our opinion, and their chocolate liqueurs are a chocolate lovers dream in a glass. Of course, this is just one sommeliers opinion! It’s also perfection by itself over a glass of ice.
Here’s a list of other chocolate liqueurs you can choose from and these are presented in no order. Please remember different liqueur will vary in taste and different liqueur could change the flavor of your cocktail.
- Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur – Austria
- Borgata Chocolate Liqueur – Italy
- Tolon Tolon Chocolate Cream – Spain
What is a Martini?
The modern day martini has become one of the best known mixed alcoholic beverages. Mixologists are able to mix and match alcohols and ingredients to come up with great seasonal cocktails that tantalize everyones tastebuds. We really have come a long way baby!
Here is how easy it is to make a classic original martini:
- Start with gin or vodka and vermouth shaken or stirred over ice
- Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnished with either two olives or a lemon twist
These days we can let our imaginations go wild with flavors and combinations. Everything from extra dry to infused to dessert martinis (like this one!). There are endless great ideas for shaking up exciting new martinis.
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Great appetizers to help make it a real party!
- Honey Roasted Cashews – because everyone loves a salty sweet snack
- Mini Crab Cakes with Homemade Cocktail Sauce – a classic appetizer and crowd pleaser
- Baked Brie with Garlic – this version bakes in it’s own box making it the easiest appetizer!
- Crab Stuffed Mushrooms – Full of fresh crab and mozzarella cheese flavor
- Chicken Skewers with Spicy Peanut Sauce – a great party appetizer or light snack
Making a mini Chocolate Martini
If a large martini is a bit much for your group then consider creating these drinks in mini form. We made ours in gorgeous cordial glasses for a girls night, but a simple shot glass will work too. It’s the same process and a lot of fun!
Chocolate Martini Recipe
- Martini shaker
- 3 oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
- 1 oz Irish Cream
- 2 oz Half and Half
- 4 oz Vodka
- 3 Tablespoons Hot Fudge or Dark Chocolate Syrup
- ¾ cup Cocoa, for glass rim
- With two small plates side by side add 2 tablespoon vodka to first small plate and add 1/4 cup cocoa to second plate
- Dip the rim of the martini glass into the vodka and then dip the wet rim into the chocolate cocoa mix to coat. Gently turn rim to make sure you have an even coat of cocoa all around the rim. Set aside the glass.
- Fill a martini shaker with ice cubes
- Add chocolate liqueur, Irish cream, vodka, and half and half
- Shake well until the shaker is almost too cold to hold
- Drizzle chocolate syrup onto the glass interior
- Pour evenly into each glass, garnish, and serve