This absolutely decadent chocolate martini is like dessert in a glass. Using just 5 ingredients and ready in minutes, this cocktail is perfect for any chocolate-lover!
This is one of my Drink recipes I know you’ll want to keep on hand!
Are you a chocolate lover? We’re definitely chocolate obsessed in The Chunky Chef household. And let me just say, this chocolate martini tastes like you’re drinking your dessert!
Rich and creamy, with a smooth, silky chocolate flavor… it’s the ultimate sweet martini recipe.
In fact, I think it would be amazing served to your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day or an anniversary!
There are so many different types of martinis now, but this is one I know you’ll want in your cocktail rotation!
How to make a chocolate martini?
This is just an overview; the full ingredients and directions are in the recipe card toward the bottom of this post.
- Rim glasses. Dip the rim in chocolate syrup, then in the sprinkles.
- Chill glasses. This can be done in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Add ingredients to cocktail shaker. With ice in the shaker, add vodka, chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, half and half, and chocolate syrup.
- Shake. Cover and shake for several seconds, or until very cold.
- Pour into glasses and serve.
Garnishes are always optional, but with drinks they add such a fun and bar/restaurant-style look!
Variations of this recipe
- Traditional creme de cacao – if you can’t find white creme de cacao, you can use the traditional brown version. They both have different flavors, so if you use the brown version, your cocktail might taste more like dark chocolate.
- Irish cream – for the Irish cream lovers, try substituting the white creme de cacao with your favorite brand of Irish cream.
- Kahlua – alternately, try substituting the white creme de cacao with kahlua for a coffee/mocha twist!
- Less sweet – if you’d like a less-sweet version of this martini, feel free to add additional vodka, to your tastes.
- Cherry – chocolate and cherries are a match made in heaven, so you can swap out the creme de cacao with some cherry liqueur.
- Large batch – as written, this recipe makes one drink (between 7 and 7.5 oz), but it can easily be adapted to make a larger batch for a party. See the “Chef Tips” section right below the recipe for all the details.
Creme de cacao is essentially a type of chocolate liqueur, but it has other flavors in it that aren’t in traditional chocolate liqueur. If you like dessert cocktails, you’ll find creme de cacao a great addition to your collection.
Absolutely! You can add the ingredients to a glass (of any type), chill, then stir together again before serving. You can also make this in a large batch for a party… see the “Chef Tips” section right below the recipe for all the details.
I kept things simple in this recipe with a chocolate syrup and sprinkles rim, and a maraschino cherry. But you could also swirl the inside of the glass with chocolate syrup, add chocolate shavings on top of the martini, use crushed graham crackers as a rim, etc.
Making chocolate martinis ahead of time
I find this recipe is best made right before enjoying the martinis, but the good news is these martinis are made in just minutes!
You can also rim the glasses and keep them refrigerated or frozen for a day or so ahead of time.
Any leftover martinis can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
To enjoy again, add contents to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake for 10 seconds or so, then pour into glass.
My Favorite Cocktail Shaker!
This shaker is large enough for almost any drink (25 oz!), and is under $10. I’ve had this one for years and it holds up really well!
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- chocolate syrup for rimming glasses
- chocolate jimmies sprinkles for rimming glasses
- maraschino cherries
- 3 fl oz vodka about 6 Tbsp or 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp
- 2 fl oz chocolate liqueur (I use Godiva brand) about 4 Tbsp or 1/4 cup
- 1 fl oz white creme de cacao about 2 Tbsp
- 1 fl oz half and half (or milk or heavy cream) about 2 Tbsp
- 2 Tbsp chocolate syrup
- Add chocolate sprinkles to a small shallow plate, and drizzle a fair amount of chocolate syrup on another small shallow plate.
- Dip the rim of a martini glass in the chocolate syrup, then dip the rim into the chocolate sprinkles.
- Chill in the refrigerator or freezer for several minutes.
- Add some ice to a cocktail shaker, then pour in vodka, chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, half and half, and chocolate syrup.
- Cover and and shake well, for about 5-10 seconds.
- Strain and pour into prepared martini glass.
- Top with a maraschino cherry or two.
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- Recipe makes one (7-7.5 oz) cocktail.
- As long as your cocktail shaker is 18 oz or larger, you can make a double batch in one shaker.
Large Batch Martini (makes 6 drinks)
- 18 fl oz vodka
- 12 fl oz chocolate liqueur
- 6 fl oz white creme de cacao
- 6 fl oz half and half
- 3/4 cup chocolate syrup
- chocolate syrup and sprinkles, for glasses
- Add vodka, chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, half and half and chocolate syrup to a pitcher and stir well to combine.
- Cover and chill for several hours, or until well chilled.
- Rim glasses, if desired, and pour martini into each glass and top with a cherry or two, if desired.
The Chunky Chef is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.
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