White Chocolate Martini

Need the perfect festive cocktail to serve this holiday season? A White Chocolate Martini, rimmed with candy canes is the perfect holiday dessert drink! Learn how to make this simple cocktail recipe for easy entertaining and more!

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What is a White Chocolate Martini?

This classic White Chocolate Martini goes by a few names—the White Christmas Martini, Snowflake Martini and White Chocolatini. No matter what you call it, you’re in for a treat because this dessert drink is an utter treat!

And it’s incredibly simple to make at home, too, if you’ve got the right ingredients. I do like to have variety, so I make this alongside my milk chocolate martini and espresso martini.

angle of a white chocolate martini in a tall glass

Ingredients

The White Chocolate Martini is a recipe that’s perfect for an occasion—whether you’re celebrating holidays with loved ones or simply want a fancy after-dinner drink to share with friends.

It does have some more specialty ingredients that you will need to seek out at your local liquor store, but once you have them, you can mix one of these drinks up whenever the mood strikes.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Vodka—we’re using regular vodka in this recipe, though vanilla vodka would add wonderful flavor if you want to add that to yours.
  • White chocolate liqueur—this is the base of our martini, and it’s well-worth going to look for since it’s a little different than white crème de cocoa. It’s got low alcohol content, but it provides a ton of white chocolate flavor with some notes of vanilla, too. 
  • White crème de cocoa—this is the other layer of our martini, and it adds to the chocolate flavor and aroma of the martini. 
  • Half-and-half—this is adding the extra creaminess to our cocktail. Do not replace it with milk, as it won’t be thick enough for the drink to really sing. 
  • White chocolate or white chocolate melts—we’ll use this to rim our glasses! Plan to melt about ¼ cup of chips or melts to dip your glass(es) in.
  • Peppermint or candy canes—if you’re making a White Christmas Martini, you’ve GOT to use crushed candy canes for the most festive rim ever!
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What is white chocolate liqueur?

White Chocolate Liqueur transforms this from a classic Chocolate Martini to a White Chocolate Martini.

It’s a distilled spirit with low alcohol content that sings of white chocolate and vanilla. It contains dairy, too, so keep that in mind.

pouring white chocolate martini into a glass

It goes without saying that this liqueur is utterly decadent and could be enjoyed on the rocks, as well as in this martini recipe. 

There are many brands of white chocolate liqueur, but I would like to note that Godiva is my favorite.

How to make a White Chocolate Martini

  1. Rim your glasses. Melt white chocolate (or white chocolate melts) and dip the rim(s) of your glass(es) into it. There doesn’t need to be a ton on this, so don’t feel like you need to melt a ton of chocolate! Dip the martini glass(es) into the crushed candy canes for a festive White Christmas Martini rim.
rimming a martini glass with candy canes
  1. Combine the ingredients in a shaker. Make sure the shaker is full of ice before adding the vodka, white chocolate liqueur, white crème de cocoa and half-and-half.
vodka pouring into a shaker
  1. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds, until the cocktail shaker is incredibly cold.
  2. Pour into your prepared glass, and serve with your favorite garnish! 

Pro tip: Use a cocktail strainer to keep ice from falling into your prepared martini glasses! It’ll make for better presentation and less mess. 

Garnishes and Storage

Depending on the time of year, you can change up your garnishes!

  • Cocoa powder
  • White chocolate shavings
  • Crushed candy canes (for a White Christmas Martini)
  • Fresh fruit, like strawberries or raspberries
high pour of white chocolate martini into a red striped martini glass

The Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur does have cream in it, however you don’t need to store it in the refrigerator. You can store the white chocolate liqueur in a cool, dark place after opening. However, you can store it in the refrigerator if you like yours chilled.

Martini Glasses

Martini glasses are shaped the way they are—a wide top with a skinnier bottom—to help expose the spirits to air.

Why do this? The air helps bring out the spirit’s flavor and complexity, which is something martinis are known for.

white chocolate martini recipe

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White Chocolate Martini

5 from 9 votes
Need the perfect festive cocktail to serve this holiday season? A White Chocolate Martini, rimmed with candy canes is the perfect holiday dessert drink! Learn how to make this simple cocktail recipe for easy entertaining and more!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounces white crème de cacao
  • 1 ounces half-and-half

Garnishes

  • white chocolate or candy melts , melted, for the rim (about ¼ cup, unless you’re making several)
  • candy canes , crushed
  • fruit—like fresh strawberries and raspberries
  • chocolate shavings
  • cocoa powder

Instructions

  • Prepare the martini glasses by dipping the rims in the melted white chocolate, then into the crushed candy canes. (Alternately, you could leave the rim clear or just use sugar in the rim if you’re not making a White Christmas Martini.)
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the vodka, white chocolate liqueur, white crème de cocoa and half-and-half.
  • Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • Strain as you pour into the prepared glasses, and enjoy immediately.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings!

Nutrition

Calories: 452 kcal, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 11 g, Saturated Fat: 7 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 11 mg, Sodium: 12 mg, Potassium: 37 mg, Sugar: 19 g, Vitamin A: 100 IU, Vitamin C: 1 mg, Calcium: 30 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Erin Parker
Calories: 452
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate martini, how to make a white chocolate martini, white chocolate martini
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Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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