Classic Chocolate Martini Recipe and Decadent Variations

Chocolate Martini

There's nothing quite like the enjoying the indulgence of a chocolate martini after a delicious meal to ring in the weekend's spoils. Enjoy dessert cocktails like these any time of the year; you can make yourself any one of these chocolate martini recipes whenever you get a hankering for one.

Chocolate Martini

The original chocolate martini takes the best of the creamy and chocolaty alcoholic ingredients and mixes them together in a fun spin on the traditional classic cocktail. While you can experiment with different garnishes, a surefire crowd pleaser is a swirl of chocolate syrup inside a clear martini glass.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup for garnish
  • 1 ounce Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 ounce chocolate liqueur
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a chilled martini glass, drizzle chocolate syrup around the inside in a swirling pattern. Set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the Irish cream, chocolate liqueur, and vodka. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into the prepared martini glass.
Chocolate Martini

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.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a chilled martini glass, drizzle chocolate syrup around the inside in a swirling pattern. Set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the heavy cream, white crème de cacao, white chocolate liqueur, and vanilla vodka.
  3. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  4. Strain into the prepared martini glass.
White Chocolate Martini

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.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces chocolate oat milk
  • 1½ ounces crème de cacao
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the oat milk, crème de cacao, and vodka.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
Diary Free Chocolate Martini

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.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Irish Cream
  • 1 ounce dark chocolate liqueur
  • 2 ounces gin
  • Ice
  • Dark chocolate shavings for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the Irish Cream, dark chocolate liqueur, and gin together.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass and top with dark chocolate shavings.
Gin-credible Chocolate Martini

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.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce white crème de cacao
  • 1½ ounces RumChata
  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • Ice
  • Dash of cinnamon for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the white chocolate liqueur, RumChata, and vanilla vodka.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a dash of cinnamon.
Autumnal Equinox Martini

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pudding mix, milk, Irish cream, and vodka.
  2. Whisk the ingredients until thickened and chill for about five minutes.
  3. Once chilled, fold in the whipped cream.
  4. Wet the rim of a martini glass and dip it in the graham cracker crumbs.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop, add one or two scoops to a martini glass.
Chocolate Pudding Martini

Nutella Martini

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.

Ingredients

  • Melted chocolate
  • ¾ ounce Frangelico
  • ¾ ounce chocolate liqueur
  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • Ice
  • Chocolate shavings for garnish

Instructions

  1. Dip the rim of a martini glass in melted chocolate. Freeze to chill the glass and harden the chocolate.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the Frangelico, chocolate liqueur, and vanilla vodka. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into the prepared martini glass.
  4. Garnish with the chocolate shavings.
Nutella Martini

How to Garnish A Chocolate Martini

Chocolate is an incredibly versatile ingredient, and it goes well with nearly any type of food you can possibly imagine. This makes it the perfect cocktail garnish, as there's an endless number of ways you can transform it to look interesting and impress any crowd. Here are a few of the different ways for you to garnish a chocolate martini:

  • You can drop a lovely little chocolate truffle on top of your mixture; this is best for thicker martinis, as the truffle will sink in thinner ones.
  • You can shave a bar of baking chocolate for a sprinkling of semisweet shavings on top.
  • Add a slice of fresh fruit on the martini glass's rim to create contrasting flavors.
  • A series of chocolate syrup swirls on the inside of a clear martini glass is considered the staple garnish for a chocolate martini.
  • Depending on what chocolate martini you're making, you can coat the rim of the martini glass in chocolate shavings, chopped nuts, or even sprinkles.

Always Pick Dessert Before Dinner

Take a play out of a child's rule book and choose to have your dessert before your dinner next time around by making yourself one of these chocolate martini recipes. They're sure to satisfy even the most ardent chocolate lover.

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