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Classic Cocktails: How to Make A Chocolate Martini, Three Ways

A box of chocolates is a classic Valentine’s Day treat, but a truffle isn’t the only way to enjoy your chocolate. A chocolate cocktail is easily just as delicious — and since it is larger than a bon bon, you’ll be able to savor it for more than just a few seconds!

This chocolate martini is a classic that, like a chocolate truffle, never goes out of style. So, get out your cocktail shakers and drink your chocolate with your Valentine.

How to Make a Perfect Chocolate Martini

A chocolate martini might not be the type of cocktail that shows up on a lot of craft cocktail bar menus these days, but the first sip you take will prove that you made the right decision to mix one up.

The cocktail recipe is made with two different chocolate liqueurs: a creamy chocolate liqueur (I used Godiva, which is easily the most widely available brand) and creme de cacao.

Creme de cacao is a chocolate liqueur that is made from the cacao bean. Unlike its creamier counterpart, it doesn’t include any cream, so it doesn’t add any additional richness to the drink, though it does boost the overall chocolate flavor.

The final element in this cocktail is vodka, a neutral spirit that doesn’t have much flavor on its own and lets the chocolate come through easily with each sip.

Rimming a martini glass with chocolate

To dress up the cocktails and bring even more chocolate flavor into the picture, I opted to rim the glasses with chocolate. I used a fairly thick chocolate fudge sauce – the type that you might drizzle onto ice cream – however any chocolate sauce will work. I simply poured a thin layer onto a plate and dipped my glass.

Rimming a martini glass with sugar

Once the rim was coated with chocolate, I dipped it into sugar. The sugar gives the cocktail a pretty sparkle, but it also helps to hold the chocolate in place and prevent it from running all over the sides of your glass. With a thick chocolate, this might not be a problem, but thinner chocolate sauces can get a bit messy if you use too much.

This recipe can easily be doubled to make two drinks at a time, since you’ll want to share.

How to make a chocolate martinis

Yield: 1 cocktail


  • 1 3/4 oz Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • 3/4 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz creme de cacao
  • Chocolate sauce, for garnish
  • Sugar, for garnish


Pour some chocolate sauce onto a small plate. Pour a small amount of sugar onto a second small plate. Dip the rim of your martini glass into the chocolate sauce, then dip into the sugar. Set aside until ready to fill.

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously for 10-20 seconds, until cold. Strain into prepared martini glass.

Mexican Chocolate Martini


Once you have the basic ingredients for a chocolate martini in your bar, you’re ready to play around with additional flavors! These variations are two of my favorites, but you can experiment to come up with new chocolate concoctions on your own, too.

Mexican Chocolate Martini:

  • Add 3 dashes of Fee Bros Aztec Chocolate Bitters (available at many liquor stores) in with the rest of the ingredients and shake. This adds a great cinnamon spice flavor to the cocktail.

Orange Chocolate Martini:

  • Add 1/4 oz triple sec in and garnish with an orange twist. This cocktail is perfect for fans of the classic combination of orange and chocolate
Orange Chocolate Martini
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