Chocolate Martini

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Cocktail Type


Great for

Dinner Party



Lush Chocolate Martini cocktails garnished with chocolate sprinkles

The Chocolate Martini makes for an indulgent nightcap that’s sure to impress your dinner party guests. In this cocktail, sweetness and booziness come together for a tasty hit of chocolate in a glass. The richness of crème de cacao, the syrupy, intense flavor of chocolate liqueur and vodka match perfectly in one of the most decadent dessert drinks ever invented.




This classic cocktail is sweet enough to serve as a dessert.


Pre-chill martini glasses in the freezer an hour before serving.


For a fun twist on this recipe, use flavored vodka. Vanilla or citrus vodkas will go down a treat!



1 Person

1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

Chocolate liqueur
1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

Crème de cacao
Cocoa powder to garnish



Rim a cocktail glass with cocoa: Wet the rim by dipping it in a small dish of the chocolate liqueur, then dip or roll it in a dish of cocoa powder.


Pour the vodka, crème de cacao and chocolate liqueur into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes.


Shake vigorously.


Strain into the prepared glass and serve.

Best Chocolate Martini recipe ingredients

This shaken Chocolate Martini uses only three ingredients—all in equal parts. So while it’s simple to make, you’ve got to use quality ingredients. If you use anything less than mid-range spirits and premium liqueurs, you’re gonna be disappointed, and so will your guests. And that’s the last thing anything chocolaty should do!

Easy to prepare, but hard to resist, the Chocolate Martini is perfect for when you’re short on time, but want to end your dinner party with a bang. So go on, treat yourself.

When is the best time to enjoy a Chocolate Martini ?

Chocolate Martinis are the ultimate after-dinner cocktails, as they make a perfect dessert. They can be adapted to anyone’s taste, for example using white chocolate liqueur for a milk chocolate version or horchata instead of chocolate liqueur.

Chocolate Martinis are also Valentine’s Day favorites, alongside Champagne and berry cocktails. The richness and warmth of chocolate also make this drink one of the best Christmas cocktails to enjoy during the festive season.

A cocktail made by Hollywood stars

The Chocolate Martini is a martini in name only, much like the Pornstar Martini and the Espresso Martini, but is nonetheless delicious. It’s said that it was invented by two actors, Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor, who both had a passion for chocolate and Martini. One night while filming Giant in 1955, they decided to add chocolate liqueur and syrup to a Vodka Martini. Hence the Chocolate Martini was born, and it’s been a staple dessert cocktail ever since.

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Both chocolate liqueur and crème de cacao are available in darker and lighter versions and both work well in the Chocolate Martini, only resulting in a change in the final drink, that will be milkier if you choose lighter liqueur.

The standard garnish consists of several chocolate syrup swirls in a clear martini glass, but you can unleash your creativity with some chocolate shavings, fresh fruit and or rimming your glass with finely chopped nuts.

Who said Chocolate Martini should only be enjoyed at dessert? You can create a menu that perfectly accompanies this cocktail throughout dinner. As an appetizer, blue cheese and brie are your allies, but you can also opt for nutty, mild cheeses. For the main course, chicken mole or beef with a chocolate port sauce will surprise your guests with hints of cocoa in savory dishes. Finally, with dessert, you can really be creative with fruit or decadent cream.

Chocolate liqueurs usually have a low alcohol volume around 26% ABV.