Chocolate Covered Pretzel 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 16, 2024


The Chocolate Covered Pretzel shot is a delightful concoction that emerged from the trend of dessert-flavored cocktails. It's particularly popular among those who enjoy sweet and savory flavor profiles.

  • Origins: The exact origins are murky, but it likely started in the early 2000s when flavored vodkas became a hit.
  • Popularity: It's a hit at parties and among those with a sweet tooth.
  • Audience: Best suited for dessert cocktail enthusiasts and those looking to indulge in a playful shot.

How Chocolate Covered Pretzel Tastes?

The Chocolate Covered Pretzel shot is a delightful blend of sweet and creamy with a hint of nuttiness from the hazelnut liqueur. The salted rim provides a savory contrast that mimics the experience of eating an actual chocolate-covered pretzel.

Interesting facts about Chocolate Covered Pretzel

  • The salted rim is essential for the full experience, as it balances the sweetness of the liqueurs.
  • Whipped cream vodka is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dessert shots.
  • The Chocolate Covered Pretzel shot can be a fun and indulgent way to end a meal or start a night out.


  • Smirnoff whipped cream vodka: 0.75 oz(23ml)
  • Hazelnut liqueur: 0.75 oz(23ml)
  • Kosher salt: 1pinch

A few good options for Chocolate Covered Pretzel are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose

Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka

The Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka adds a creamy sweetness that mimics the frosting of a chocolate-covered pretzel. Using 0.75oz is perfect for a balanced shot; too much could overpower the nuttiness of the hazelnut liqueur, too little and you might miss out on the creamy dream. No whipped cream vodka? Try vanilla vodka for a similar sweet profile.

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Hazelnut Liqueur

Hazelnut liqueur brings the nutty, chocolate essence that this shot promises. Like yin to vodka's yang, 0.75oz provides a harmonious blend with the sweetness of the whipped vodka. Leaving it out would be nutty in all the wrong ways! An alternative could be amaretto for a different nutty vibe.

Alex Green

Kosher Salt

A pinch of Kosher salt on the rim brings out the shot's sweet flavors, much like salt on a caramel. It's the pretzel in the chocolate-covered pretzel! Missing the salt would be like going to the beach and not seeing the ocean—just plain wrong. Sea salt could be a substitute but mind the grain size; you don't want a salty surprise!

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Recipe. How to make Chocolate Covered Pretzel Drink

  1. Prepare the Shot Glass: Rim the edge of the shot glass with kosher salt.
  2. Mix the Ingredients: In an ice-filled shaker, combine 0.75 oz of Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka with 0.75 oz of Hazelnut Liqueur.
  3. Shake: Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  4. Serve: Strain the mixture into the prepared shot glass.

Pro Tips

  • Chill Your Glass: A chilled shot glass will enhance the experience.
  • Salt the Rim Just Right: Too much salt can overpower the drink, so apply it sparingly.
  • Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality vodka and liqueur for the best taste.

Perfect Pairings


  • Salty Snacks: The saltiness from snacks like traditional pretzels or potato chips will complement the kosher salt rim and the sweet flavors of the drink.
  • Chocolate Desserts: A chocolate brownie or chocolate cake could go wonderfully with the chocolatey notes from the hazelnut liqueur.
  • Cheese Plate: A selection of cheeses, particularly creamy ones such as brie or camembert, can balance the sweetness with their rich and savory flavors.


  • Coffee: A nice cup of coffee can accentuate the nutty flavors of the hazelnut liqueur.
  • Stout Beer: For a bold choice, a chocolate or coffee stout beer can pair well with the shot, echoing its creamy and chocolate notes.


Pairing this shot with good company and a relaxed, playful environment is essential for the best experience!

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What you could change in Chocolate Covered Pretzel

  • Vodka: If you can't find whipped cream vodka, vanilla vodka can be a suitable substitute.
  • Hazelnut Liqueur: Frangelico is a popular brand, but any hazelnut liqueur will do.

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In case you forgot basics how to make Chocolate Covered Pretzel

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.

Learn everything on how to shake

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.

Learn everything on how to strain

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Frequently Asked Questions on Chocolate Covered Pretzel

What's the significance of the name 'Chocolate Covered Pretzel' for this cocktail?

The name 'Chocolate Covered Pretzel' comes from the cocktail's ability to mimic the flavors of a real chocolate-covered pretzel, which is known for its sweet chocolate flavor combined with the salty taste of the pretzel.

Can this cocktail be served as a drink instead of a shot?

Yes, while the recipe provided is for a shot, it can be modified into a cocktail by increasing the ingredient proportions and serving it over ice in a rocks glass.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

A non-alcoholic version can be created by substituting the alcoholic components with chocolate syrup and hazelnut extract or non-alcoholic alternatives, topped with whipped cream.

How should I store the ingredients to keep them fresh?

Vodka should be stored in a cool, dark place or the freezer. Hazelnut liqueur should be kept in a cool, dark cabinet. Both should be kept tightly sealed to maintain their flavors.

Can I use table salt instead of kosher salt?

While kosher salt is recommended for its coarser texture, you can use table salt in a pinch. Use sparingly, as table salt is finer and may make the cocktail too salty.

Is it possible to make the Chocolate Covered Pretzel cocktail in large batches for a party?

Certainly! Simply multiply the ingredient measurements by the number of servings you want to prepare. Mix in a large pitcher and serve in salt-rimmed glasses.

Are there any specific shaking techniques to get the best consistency?

The key is to shake vigorously to chill the ingredients thoroughly, usually for about 10-15 seconds, which also helps to create a slight frothiness from the whipped cream vodka.

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