Chocolate Martini 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 Chocolate Martini is a decadent and delicious cocktail that was created in the 1990s during the rise of flavored martinis. It is a popular choice for those who enjoy the combination of chocolate and alcohol, and is often served as a dessert cocktail or a special treat for chocolate lovers.

  • The cocktail is said to have been invented by a bartender named 'Rocky' at the Godiva Chocolate Factory in Brussels, Belgium.
  • It gained popularity in the United States during the 1990s and early 2000s, especially in upscale bars and restaurants.
  • The Chocolate Martini has inspired many variations, including the White Chocolate Martini and the Raspberry Chocolate Martini.

How Chocolate Martini Tastes?

The Chocolate Martini is rich, creamy, and sweet, with a velvety chocolate flavor and a hint of vanilla. It has a smooth, luxurious mouthfeel and a slightly boozy kick from the vodka.

Interesting facts about Chocolate Martini

  • The Chocolate Martini is sometimes called a 'Chocotini' or a 'Chocolate Vodka Martini'.
  • Some variations of the Chocolate Martini use chocolate liqueur or crème de cacao instead of chocolate syrup.
  • The cocktail can be garnished with a variety of toppings, such as whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or a drizzle of chocolate syrup.


A few good options for Chocolate Martini are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The backbone of many cocktails, vodka provides a clean, neutral base that allows the chocolate flavors to shine. Opt for 2 oz to ensure the alcohol presence is balanced; too little and your cocktail might be overly sweet, too much and it may overpower the subtle cacao notes.

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Chocolate Liqueur

A must for that rich, deep chocolatey goodness. 1.5 oz is enough to impart that signature chocolate martini flavor without turning the drink into a liquid candy bar. Miss it, and you're missing the 'chocolate' in chocolate martini!

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Crème de Cacao

Adding just 0.5 oz provides a touch of chocolate depth and a whisper of vanilla. It enriches the cocktail without making it cloying. Without it, the drink lacks complexity and layers of chocolate flavor.

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Half and Half

This blend of milk and cream lends a 1 oz splash of lush creaminess to the cocktail, softening the alcohol's bite and marrying the chocolate and vodka perfectly. If omitted, you'll lose that indulgent mouthfeel.

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Chocolate Syrup

1 tbsp is used to create an inviting presentation and add a hint of sweetness with every sip. Skip the syrup, and you lose the visual appeal and the extra layer of chocolate flavor with each taste.

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1 cup of ice is essential to chill and properly dilute the drink, giving it the perfect sippable consistency. No ice means a warm, overly strong cocktail.

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Chocolate Shavings

1 tbsp doesn't just make the cocktail look stunning; the texture contrasts with the smooth drink and adds a little bite. Without the shavings, the martini is still tasty but lacks the finishing touch.

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Recipe. How to make Chocolate Martini Drink

  1. Prepare the glass: Drizzle the inside of a chilled martini glass with chocolate syrup, creating a decorative pattern. Set aside.
  2. Mix the cocktail: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, chocolate liqueur, crème de cacao, and half and half. Shake well until chilled and combined.
  3. Strain and serve: Strain the cocktail into the prepared martini glass. Garnish with chocolate shavings on top.

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality chocolate: The quality of the chocolate used can greatly affect the taste of the cocktail. Use a high-quality chocolate liqueur and syrup for the best results.
  • Chill the glass: A chilled glass will help keep the cocktail cold and enhance its flavor.
  • Shake well: Make sure to shake the cocktail well to fully combine all the ingredients and create a smooth, creamy texture.

Perfect Pairings


  • Rich chocolates - The creamy and chocolatey flavors of the Chocolate Martini complement the complexity of dark chocolates.
  • Cheesecakes - The smooth texture and sweet flavors of cheesecake make a delightful contrast with this velvety cocktail.
  • Fruit platters - Fresh fruits like strawberries or raspberries cut through the sweetness and add a refreshing element.
  • Nuts - Salted nuts such as almonds or pistachios can offer a delightful savory balance to the sweet cocktail.


  • Espresso - An espresso shot can enhance the depth of the chocolate flavors and add a delightful kick.

After-Dinner Drinks

  • Baileys Irish Cream - For a creamy and boozy pairing that accentuates the dessert-like quality of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Chocolate Martini

  • Vodka: You can substitute the vodka with a chocolate-flavored vodka for an even more intense chocolate flavor.
  • Chocolate Liqueur: If you don't have chocolate liqueur, you can use a chocolate-flavored cream liqueur instead.
  • Half and Half: If you don't have half and half, you can use a combination of milk and heavy cream.

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Espresso Chocolate Martini

Add a 1 oz shot of chilled espresso to the shaker. This twist will awaken your senses and marry the chocolate with a robust coffee flavor that's perfect for coffee-lovers and those in need of a pick-me-up.

White Chocolate Martini

Switch the chocolate liqueur and crème de cacao for white chocolate versions. The result is a sweeter, creamier, and lighter cocktail that brings a different kind of indulgence, great for those who want something a tad less rich.

Spicy Chocolate Martini

Include a pinch of cayenne pepper and a small slice of jalapeño in the shaker. You’ll get a thrilling spicy kick that contrasts with the sweet chocolate for an adventurous taste experience that’s not for the faint of heart.

In case you forgot basics how to make Chocolate Martini

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

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 Chocolate Martini

Are there non-alcoholic varieties of the Chocolate Martini?

Yes, alternatives like chocolate milk or chocolate syrup mixed with milk can provide a non-alcoholic version of the Chocolate Martini.

What time of the day is best to enjoy a Chocolate Martini?

The Chocolate Martini is often served as a dessert cocktail, so it is typically enjoyed after dinner. However, it can be enjoyed at any time you prefer.

How can I adjust the sweetness of the Chocolate Martini?

The sweetness of the cocktail can be adjusted by either increasing or decreasing the amount of chocolate syrup included in the recipe, according to personal preference.

Is there any special occasion where the Chocolate Martini fits the most?

The Chocolate Martini is a great choice for romantic dinners, celebrations, or any special occasion due to its rich and indulgent flavor profile.

Can I pair the Chocolate Martini with meals?

While it would typically be enjoyed on its own due to its rich, dessert-like nature, the chocolate martini could also be paired with light, subtly sweet desserts, or crisp, fresh fruits.

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