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Chocolate Martini Recipe-After Dinner Drink

The Chocolate Martini is a delicious blend of chocolate, vanilla, and cream flavors. A smooth and velvety dessert cocktail recipe, it tastes like a chocolate milkshake with rich, creamy textures.

The drink is chilled and served in a chilled glass for a refreshing cocktail that is always popular after dinner. Serve in a chocolate rimmed glass, and finish with chocolate shavings for the ultimate chocolate martini recipe.

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Vanilla vodka cocktails are warm in flavor and silky smooth. In this dessert martini Smirnoff vanilla vodka adds a touch of that warm vanilla bean flavor that blends fantastically with the heavy cream and creme de cacao.

What does a Chocolate Martini taste like?

This martini tastes like a sweet and creamy chocolate milkshake with a wonderfully creamy consistency that adds depth and decadence. Creme de cocoa is the main player in the martini. Believed to be made in the 1600s by monks when the cocoa bean was brought to Europe from America, it has a high sugar content making it popular in dessert drinks.

Vanilla vodka and heavy cream give the drink a wonderfully decadent texture and help to balance the sweet flavors.

What pairs well with chocolate cocktails?

Foods that pair well with rich chocolate flavors are going to pair the best with this martini. It makes a wonderful happy hour cocktail, as well as an after dinner refreshment. We have put together a list of our favorite foods and appetizers to pair with this indulgent drink.

  1. Chocolate Covered Fruit
  2. Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
  3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles
  4. Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates
  5. Strawberry Basil Bruschetta
  6. Marmalade and Goat Cheese Crostini’s
  7. Caprese Salad Bites
  8. Cranberry Raspberry Brie Bites
  9. Peach Pepper Tart
  10. Vanilla Cream Fruit Tart

Both the Espresso Martini and Baileys Mudslide Martini are wonderful after dinner drinks with rich bold flavor. The Lemon Drop is much brighter in tone but once you try it you’ll be hooked.

Chocolate Martini

This is an optional process, but you can serve this martini with a chocolate rim for added flavor and visual presentation

Follow our steps in the visual guide below for preparing your martini glass and also watch our video demonstration of making this martini recipe.

Take a chilled martini glass and rim with your favorite chocolate syrup. Drizzle Hershey’s chocolate syrup around the inside of the glass for even more flavor and an indulgent vibe.

Place glass in the freezer while the cocktail is being made so as to prevent the chocolate from running and becoming a mess.

Garnishing and serving a Dessert Martini

We kept the garnish simple for this chocolate cocktail, but there are many ways to dress up this drink even more. Here are some more ideas to get you going

  • Dip the chocolate rimmed glass in chocolate sprinkles for pizzaz and added texture
  • Serve with chocolate twirls and cocoa powder
  • Add a dollop of whipped cream and a cherry, or better yet, make it a chocolate cherry martini
  • Serve with chocolate pirouette cookies
  • Rim with a chocolate sugar mixture
  • Serve with chocolate candies and wafer cookies
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Ingredients in a Chocolate Martini

Smirnoff vanilla vodka and Hiram Walker Creme De Cacao are the alcohol stars of this chocolate cocktail recipe.

You can choose any brand of chocolate liqueur or vanilla vodka you have on hand. They should all work well in this martini.

To really bring out the chocolate we added a Hershey’s syrup rim and even drizzled some right into the martini glass. The heavy cream adds substance to this dessert drink that will satisfy your sweet tooth and chocolate cravings with a warm mellow glow.

How to make a Chocolate Martini

Like all martinis the chocolate one is simple and straight forward. Begin by filling a cocktail shaker with ice, measure and pour the vanilla vodka, creme de cocoa, and heavy cream. Cap the shaker, give it a good shake for 30 seconds until it is fully chilled.

Pour the contents into a chilled martini glass. For added flavor and presentation rim the glass and add a chocolate drizzle to the inside of the glass with your favorite chocolate syrup.

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Chocolate Martini
Yield: 1 Cocktail

Chocolate Martini

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This chocolate martini is a delicious blend of chocolate, vanilla, and cream flavors. This drink is a smooth and velvety dessert drink that tastes like a chocolate milkshake with rich chocolate flavors.



Prepare and Rim your glass:

  1. Chill your martini glass
  2. Pour Hershey's syrup on a flat plate
  3. Roll your chilled glass through the syrup until the rim is coated
  4. Run a knife around the rim to bring of excess syrup
  5. Squirt syrup around the glass for a unique look.
  6. Place glass in freezer until cocktail is ready to pour.

Making the Chocolate Martini:

  1. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice,
  2. pour in 2 oz vanilla vodka,
  3. 1 oz cream de cocoa, and 1 oz heavy cream.
  4. Place the lid on the cocktail shaker and shake until it is chilled all the way through.
  5. pour the cocktail into the chilled martini glass


  1. Shave dark chocolate on the top of the drink before serving


You will need more Hershey' syrup than noted in the ingredients to complete the rim and glass enhancements we recommend. You will not ingest all of the chocolate on the rimming plate so that is why the discrepancy. There is enough chocolate syrup on the plate to rim several glasses.

Nutrition Information



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Amount Per Serving Calories 394Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 34mgSodium 20mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 6gSugar 11gProtein 7g

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