Chocolate Martini

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  • When it comes to favorite martini recipes, the indulgent Chocolate Martini tends to be at the top of everyone’s list, not just chocolate lovers. The good news is you don’t have to go out to a fancy bar or restaurant to have one.

    chocolate martini with a syrup twirl

    I can’t wait to show you how quick and easy it is to make a chocolate martini at home! 

    What is a Chocolate Martini?

    There are many opinions out there about what makes an authentic, classic chocolate martini recipe. Traditionally, a chocolate martini is made up of vodka, chocolate liqueur, a cream liqueur or creme de cocoa. 

    ingredients for chocolate martini

    You can also use a vanilla vodka for a chocolate and vanilla flavor. Or add mini chocolate chips to the bottom of the glass for a fun surprise.

    Chocolate Liquor vs. Chocolate Liqueur vs. Liquor

    You may be wondering what is the difference between chocolate liquor and chocolate liqueur. 

    Despite the name, chocolate liquor has no alcohol. It is actually a thick, dark paste which is a product of grinding cocoa beans after they are roasted and hulled. 

    chocolate liqueur in a shot glass

    Chocolate liqueur is a distilled spirit made with cocoa beans and contains flavors of chocolate and often vanilla. 

    Liquor is a distilled spirit made from grains or plants. Think brandy, gin, rum, vodka and whisky. 

    PRO TIP Quick Guide : Chocolate Liquor: Thick Dark Paste – no alcohol

    Chocolate Liqueur: Distilled spirit with cocoa bean and chocolate flavor – contains alcohol

    Liquor: Distilled Spirit made from grains or plants – contains alcohol

    overhead of chocolate martini with cocoa powder topping

    Best Chocolate liqueur 

    The best chocolate liqueur for a chocolate martini recipe is hands down Godiva.

    Godiva makes three versions of their chocolate liqueur. They make regular chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate.

    If you are already a chocolate martini pro and want to change things up, give their other flavors a try! But my favorite for this recipe is the standard chocolate. 

    side view of chocolate martini in a martini glass

    Once you open your brand new bottle of Godiva chocolate liqueur, it should be kept in a cool and dark place. 

    You do not need to keep it in the refrigerator, but many people prefer it well chilled. 

    Chocolate Martini Garnishes

    If you want to take the presentation up a notch, you can get fancy with your garnishes. You can add whatever you’d like to, but here are some of my suggestions:

    • Chocolate shavings
    • Extra chocolate syrup
    • Sliced strawberries
    • Fresh raspberries
    chocolate martini with strawberries and chocolate pieces

    How to Make a Chocolate Martini

    1. Prepare the martini glasses by swirling each glass with 1 Tablespoon of chocolate syrup and coating the rim of the glass.
    2. Dip the chocolate coated rim into cocoa powder.
    3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the vodka, chocolate liqueur and Irish Cream.
    4. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and pour into prepared glasses.
    5. Top with additional cocoa powder if desired.
    step-by-step images of how to make a chocolate martini

    What can I use instead of chocolate liqueur? 

    Creme de cacao is a great substitute for chocolate liqueur. You can also make a non-alcohol substitute by mixing 3 tablespoons water and 3/4 teaspoon of chocolate extract.

    Crème de Cacao is a sweet alcoholic liqueur flavored liqueur, often scented with a hint of vanilla. It is different from chocolate liqueur because of the addition of cream.

    Chocolate Martini Pairing Suggestions

    This cocktail is such a treat on it’s own, and typically served at the completion of a meal. If you are looking to serve this with dessert, I would concentrate on fruit forward desserts that would naturally pair well with chocolate. 

    Think about recipes that contain strawberries and raspberries. Here are some suggestions:

    how to make a chocolate martini for pinterest

    More Chocolate Recipes to try 

    If you are still craving chocolate after this recipe, check these out! 

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    This super moist and rich Chocolate Pound Cake has one secret ingredient that makes it super chocolatey and delicious!
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    head on white chocolate martini in a short martini glass
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    Eggless Edible Chocolate Cookie Dough
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    When it comes to edible cookie dough, this Edible Eggless Chocolate Cookie Dough recipe is the best! Just mix the ingredients and you're done!
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    close up of chocolate martini
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    Chocolate Martini

    This EASY Chocolate Martini recipe is the perfect after dinner drink! It's creamy, indulgent and only requires 5 ingredients to make!
    Prep Time5 mins
    Total Time5 mins
    Course: Drinks
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: chocolate martini, godiva martini
    Servings: 2
    Calories: 380kcal
    Author: Karen Affholter



    • Prepare the martini glasses by swirling each glass with 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup and coating the rim of the glass.
      rimming glass with chocolate syrup
    • Dip the chocolate coated rim into cocoa powder.
    • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the vodka, chocolate liqueur and Irish Cream.
      shake together chocolate martini
    • Shake for 30 seconds and pour into prepared glasses.
    • Top with additional cocoa powder if desired.
    • If you tried this recipe, let us know how it went in the comments or ratings!


    Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg
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    posted on: February 6, 2021
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