Choclatini Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Choclatini, a luscious blend of chocolate and vodka, is a modern cocktail that caters to the sweet tooth. It's a decadent twist on the classic martini, perfect for dessert lovers and those who enjoy a touch of indulgence.

  • Origins The exact origins of the Choclatini are unclear, but it's believed to have gained popularity in the late 20th century as flavored vodkas and chocolate liqueurs became more widely available.
  • Popularity It's a hit at celebrations and romantic evenings, often enjoyed by those who appreciate a cocktail that doubles as a dessert.

How Choclatini Tastes?

The Choclatini is a sweet, creamy, and rich cocktail with a velvety chocolate flavor complemented by the smooth vanilla notes from the vodka. It's indulgent, with a dessert-like quality that makes it a perfect after-dinner treat.

Interesting facts about Choclatini

  • The Choclatini can be considered a 'dessert in a glass', offering a liquid version of a chocolate treat.
  • It's a versatile cocktail that can be adapted with various chocolate liqueurs and flavored vodkas.
  • Despite its sweetness, the Choclatini packs a punch with a high alcohol content from the vodka and liqueurs.


A few good options for Choclatini are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Maraschino Cherry

The maraschino cherry serves as the crowning jewel atop this chocolatey concoction. It adds a touch of fruity sweetness and a pop of color that makes the drink visually appealing. If omitted, you'll miss out on that classic cocktail garnish flair, but the flavor impact will be minimal. An alternative could be a small strawberry for a different sweetness.

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Absolut Vanilla Vodka

The Absolut Vanilla Vodka brings in a smooth, yet punchy vanilla essence that melds with the chocolate notes to create a dessert-like experience. Using too much could overpower the chocolate, while too little might not be enough to summon the vanilla's aromatic charm. An alternative could be any quality vanilla vodka—or even plain vodka with a drop of real vanilla extract.

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Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

Ah, the star of the show! Godiva Chocolate Liqueur provides the deep, rich chocolate flavor foundation for this martini. Too much of it and your cocktail might become overly syrupy, too little and you might as well call it a Vanillatini. An alternative could be another chocolate liqueur, but let's be real - why would you downgrade?

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Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur

Adding a creamy, dreamy contrast to its darker sibling, the white chocolate liqueur smoothens out the drink and adds complexity. Without it, you'll have a less nuanced chocolate profile. If you can't find Godiva, white crème de cacao can be a substitute, though it may not be as creamy.

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Whipped Cream

This is your cloud of creamy delight that provides a soft, velvety texture. Skimp on the whipped cream, and it's like wearing a tuxedo without a bowtie - still fancy, but missing a touch of elegance. You could use a flavored whipped cream for a twist, like hazelnut or caramel.

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Hershey's Chocolate Shell

The chocolate shell lining the glass not only adds an extra chocolate kick but also elevates the presentation to a whole new level of decadence. Without it, the experience is less immersive, like diving into a pool with no water. A gourmet chocolate syrup could be swirled inside the glass for a similar effect.

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Recipe. How to make Choclatini Drink

  1. Line a martini glass with Hershey's Chocolate Shell and place it in the freezer to harden.
  2. In a shaker filled with ice, combine 2 oz of Absolut Vanilla Vodka, 2 oz of Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, and 2 oz of Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur.
  3. Shake well until chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into the chilled, chocolate-lined martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry on top.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the martini glass beforehand to ensure the chocolate shell sets properly and the drink stays cold longer.
  • Shake the cocktail vigorously to create a slight froth from the cream.
  • For an extra touch of elegance, use a vegetable peeler to add chocolate shavings on top of the whipped cream.

Perfect Pairings


  • Chocolate Based Treats: The rich chocolate flavors of the cocktail complement chocolate cakes, brownies, or truffles, enhancing the cocoa indulgence.
  • Fresh Berries: A dish of mixed berries, such as strawberries or raspberries, can add a refreshing contrast to the richness of the Choclatini.
  • Cheese Plate: A selection of mild cheeses, like brie or camembert, pairs surprisingly well, with the creaminess of the cheese mingling nicely with the smooth texture of the drink.
  • Coffee Flavored Desserts: Tiramisu or coffee-infused chocolate mousse can play off the vanilla notes in the vodka, making for a well-rounded dessert pairing.


  • Espresso: A strong espresso can cut through the sweetness of the cocktail and provide a balancing bitterness.

After-Dinner Drinks

  • Digestifs: A glass of amaro or cognac could follow the Choclatini, providing a contrasting herbal or oaky note.

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What you could change in Choclatini

  • Vodka: If Absolut Vanilla Vodka is not available, any quality vanilla vodka will do.
  • Chocolate Liqueurs: Other brands of chocolate and white chocolate liqueurs can be used if Godiva is not at hand.
  • Whipped Cream: Homemade whipped cream can replace store-bought for a fresher taste.

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And of course - twists🍹

Salted Caramel Choclatini

Replace the Absolut Vanilla Vodka with salted caramel vodka for a scrumptious twist. Add a pinch of sea salt to the chocolate shell lining.

  • Taste Change: You'll get a sassy mix of sweet and salty that adds a sophisticated edge to your drink.
  • Why Make It: For those who love that trendy salted caramel mocha vibe.

Mint Chocolate Choclatini

Add a 0.5 oz of peppermint schnapps to the shaker mix.

  • Taste Change: A cool, minty freshness that cuts through the indulgent chocolate.
  • Why Make It: To freshen up your night, or maybe because it's December and you can't fight the minty urge.

Spiked Coconut Choclatini

Use coconut vodka in place of the vanilla vodka and garnish with toasted coconut flakes instead of a cherry.

  • Taste Change: You'll transport your taste buds to a tropical chocolate paradise.
  • Why Make It: Because you're dreaming of chocolate covered coconut candy—and drinks should be dreams come true.

In case you forgot basics how to make Choclatini

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Choclatini

What type of glass is best suited for serving a Choclatini?

A Choclatini is traditionally served in a martini glass to give it a sophisticated presentation and to hold the chocolate-lined interior effectively.

Can I use milk or dark chocolate for the chocolate shell instead of Hershey's Chocolate Shell?

Yes, you can use melted milk or dark chocolate to line the martini glass. Just ensure it is properly cooled and hardened before pouring the cocktail mixture.

How can I make the Choclatini less sweet?

To make a less sweet Choclatini, you can reduce the amount of chocolate liqueur or add a dash of bitters to balance the sweetness.

Is the Choclatini suitable for vegans?

The traditional Choclatini recipe is not vegan due to the presence of cream and chocolate liqueurs. However, vegan substitutes for these ingredients are available and can be used to make a vegan-friendly version.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Choclatini?

Yes, a mocktail version can be created by substituting the vodka and liqueurs with non-alcoholic vanilla and chocolate flavored syrups, and adjusting the ratios to taste.

How long does it take for the chocolate shell to harden in the freezer?

The time it takes for the chocolate shell to harden can vary, but it typically takes about 5 to 10 minutes in the freezer.

Can I make a batch of Choclatinis ahead of time?

While you can mix the liquid ingredients in bulk ahead of time, it's best to serve Choclatinis fresh to maintain the frothy texture and cool temperature.

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