Chocolate Martini Recipe

The decadent Chocolate Martini is a must-have for the holidays, giving you an alcoholic kick with a dessert flavor.

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Aspiring bartenders will quickly realize two things about their job. First, customers never know what to order. Second, there is always a Martini variation that will make their customer happy. In that sense, the Martini is the pizza of the drinking world. You can go from the crisp Dry Martini (the Pepperoni of the Martini world), the fruity French Martini, the full bodied Espresso Martini or our delightful Chocolate Martini!.

The Chocolate Martini has impressive roots: it was invented by two Hollywood legends, Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor, while working on their 1956 film ‘Giant.’ They were both huge fans of chocolate (and drinking, evidently) and they invented this drink by going crazy with ingredients.

How to get a perfect Chocolate swirl?

Ok, let’s admit it, the swirl is mostly there for the show. But it looks GOOD! Here is how to go about it. You need to hold the glass at an angle, tilted toward yourself, and turn it while you drizzle. If you pour your chocolate straight down the glass it will puddle, not swirl.

What is the best Vodka to Use?

A plain vodka works best for this chocolate martini. We don’t recommend using a flavored vodka as this cocktail is already heavy on sugars. However, if you feel like getting a little playful, I’ll list a few chocolate martini variations a bit later.

By the way, since this recipe calls for a lot of chocolate, make sure to not overlook the ice cubes. If your drink is too warm, it’ll melt the chocolate rim and create a sludgy mixture that doesn’t taste or look right. In our recipe, we recommend sticking a few ice cubes in the shaker for a good 30 seconds. This will help chill everything out.

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Servings 1
5 minutes


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 oz chocolate liqueur
  • 2 oz Baileys or another Irish cream
  • Ice cubes
  • Chocolate syrup for glass decoration and garnish
  • Cocoa powder and chocolate shavings for garnish


  • Start with preparing your martini glass. Dip the rim into a shallow dish filled with a small amount of chocolate syrup, then into a plate filled with cocoa powder or chocolate shavings. Swirl a little chocolate syrup around the inside of the glass.
  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, chocolate liqueur, and Baileys.Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake well for about 30 seconds to chill the mixture.
  • Strain the mixture into the prepared martini glass, avoiding the garnished rim.
  • Garnish the martini with a sprinkle of chocolate shavings or a drizzle of chocolate syrup on top and serve immediately.


Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 0.02mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 2mg | Sugar: 11g | Iron: 0.03mg
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Chocolate Martini Variations

Cocoa À Trois: Combines chocolate liqueur, dark chocolate liqueur, and white chocolate liqueur.

Milky Way Martini: If you’ve got an extra strong sweet tooth, it is a candy bar twist with vanilla-flavored vodka and crème de cacao dark liqueur. You’ll really think you’re drinking a candy bar!

Tiramisu Martini: This recreates the famous dessert with a little vanilla vodka, Kahlua and amaretto.

Non Alcoholic Chocolate Martini: When you want to skip the alcohol, try some vanilla coffee syrup, coconut milk, and a sprinkle of sea salt.

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