The Chocolate Martini is a delightful composition of Vodka, chocolate liqueur, and a cream component. The latter can be either Irish cream, heavy cream, or a mix of both. It's a drink that makes you believe it would be low in ABV because the chocolaty flavors mask the alcohol so well.
However, a Chocolate Martini is actually quite boozy. And it is so easy to drink that once you have started, it's hard to stop.
Ingredients of the Chocolate Martini
The list of ingredients for a Chocolate Martini reads like the guilty pleasure incarnate. Depending on the recipe, it is Vodka mixed with chocolate liqueur and Irish cream. Or creme de cacao (here's a recipe to make it at home), heavy cream, and simple syrup, or all of those plus a few chocolate shavings for garnish. It's a dream come true for every chocoholic.
Our preferred way to mix a Chocolate Martini only requires three ingredients: Vodka, Chocolate liqueur, and Irish cream. As you can see, this is a combination of alcoholic components only. But, in my opinion, that creates the best mix between a cocktail and a sweet treat. Adding heavy cream can quickly make the cocktail excessively rich.
For the chocolate component, you can never go wrong with Godiva. Alternatively, the Mozart Chocolate liqueur is also a beautiful option. It's available in milk chocolate and dark chocolate. The dark version is especially great if you want to reduce the sweetness level a bit. Also, on a side note, Mozart chocolate liqueurs are vegan. Godiva is not.
And, if you can get your hand on it, Sarotti Chocolate liqueur is another good alternative. It's available for less than half the price of the above two, but it's often hard to get outside of Europe.
Irish cream is a liqueur based on Irish Whiskey, cream, and additional flavorings like chocolate and vanilla. Baileys was the first to produce the delicious creamy liqueur. And, surprisingly, Irish cream is not what you can call a traditional Irish product. Tom Jago invented it in cooperation with British consultants for Gilbeys of Ireland in 1974 when the company wanted a new product to introduce to the international market.
Vodka for a Chocolate Martini
If you want to add another subtle layer of flavor to your Martini, you can opt for a vanilla-flavored Vodka. There are various options from renowned brands like Absolut and Smirnoff. Otherwise, you can simply go with your favorite brand. And that is also what I recommend in this case.
How to mix a Chocolate Martini
A Chocolate Martini is so easy to make, that you almost cannot mess it up. Also, the overall flavor profile is quite forgiving. Nonetheless, if you want to make it perfect, pay attention to measurements.
Unlike the Vesper Martini, made famous by a certain British secret agent, the question of shaken or stirred is superfluous here. A Chocolate Martini is always wet shaken. -That means shaken with ice. As opposed to a dry shake, where you would leave out the ice.
So, just put all three ingredients into your shaker. Then add plenty of ice and shake for 20 seconds. Strain into your Martini glass, sprinkle dark chocolate shavings on top, and enjoy.
Different versions of a Chocolate Martini
As shortly mentioned before, you can also make a beautiful Chocolate Martini by adding heavy cream to the mix. The texture will be even creamier, and the taste slightly sweeter and even richer.
Or you can make a White Chocolate Martini, using white chocolate liqueur instead of milk or dark chocolate flavors. The measurements here are the same as in the version below. You only need to substitute the chocolate liqueur. Because white chocolate is sweeter than dark chocolate, it will also be a just slightly sweeter drink.
And if you have guests that don't are overly excited about sweet drinks, look into this list of different types of Martini cocktails. You can pick something less chocolaty. Perhaps something unusual like the Dill Pickle Martini.
- 1 Cocktail Shaker
- 1 Jigger
- 1 Hawthorne Strainer
- 1½ oz Vodka
- 1½ oz Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur
- 1½ oz Baileys
- Dark Chocolate shavings - for garnish
- Chocolate syrup - for garnish
- Use a bit of chocolate syrup to create the swirl in your Martini glass. optional
- Add all ingredients to your shaker together with plenty of ice.
- Shake until the content is well chilled and strain into your Martini glass.Do not strain over ice, as the dilution might spoil your drink, depending on how long it lasts.
- Drizzle shaved dark chocolate on top.