Chocolate Martini

by | Nov 14, 2019 | All, Liqueurs, Vodka

This decadent Chocolate Martini recipe is one of our favorite ways to celebrate special occasions. Rich & creamy, this drink is the best “adult” chocolate milk you’ve ever had! 

Chocolate Martinis in stemless martini glasses garnished with chocolate shavings with a cocoa rim.

Easy Chocolate Martini Recipe

There is nothing that says special occasion like chocolate.

So why not add even more special to the holidays and celebrate with an easy Chocolate Martini recipe?

Our recipe is so smooth, it almost tastes like chocolate milk with a little kick. This recipe has been in our house for a while, and these dessert martinis are always a hit whenever they are served.

There are a lot of Chocolate Martini recipes out there. What makes this one special?

I’m pretty particular about my martinis, and I’ve seen so many chocolate martini recipes that have Irish Cream in them.

Not this one.

I’m a purist, so no Irish Cream in a chocolate martini for me.

But that’s not to say I don’t love Irish Cream, just not in this cocktail. If you are looking for a martini with chocolate and Irish Cream in them, we have some great ones to try:

No matter the season or what strikes your fancy, we have a cocktail for everyone! 

Close up image of Chocolate Martini recipe in a glass with chocolate swirls.

What ingredients do you need for this chocolate martini recipe?

The ingredient list is short which makes it seem like a pretty straight forward recipe, but getting the proportions right took a little perfecting.

Not that is was a tough job, but someone had to do it! 

Before you make this drink, make sure you have these ingredients:

  • chocolate liqueur
  • Créme de Cocoa liqueur
  • vanilla vodka
  • milk 
  • chocolate sauce

Does it matter if I use dark or light Créme de Cocoa for this chocolate cocktail?

Not at all! it is completely a matter of personal preference. The tastes of dark and light créme de cocoa are the same, but the color of your drink with be a little darker if you use the dark-colored liqueur.

Vanilla vodka in a chocolate martini

Ever made a chocolate dessert? The recipe will often call for a bit of vanilla extract. The smoothness that vanilla adds to chocolate is amazing.

The secret ingredient in this chocolate martini is definitely the vanilla vodka. There isn’t a large quantity of vanilla vodka but just enough to make a difference. 

So please, please promise me you will use vanilla vodka. It’s definitely a drink changer. 

Do yourself a favor and grab a bottle the next time you’re at the liquor store! You won’t regret it. 

3/4 angle image of chocolate martinis on a dark surface dark chocolate shavings for garnish and a small plate with cocoa on it for rimming the glass.

Three ways to garnish a chocolate martini

The sky is the limit on how to finish these tasty chocolate drinks. Here are three different ways to garnish this cocktail:

  1. Float a few chocolate curls on top,
  2. Rim the glass with cocoa sugar, or
  3. Add a chocolate swirl to the glass!

Really, there is no wrong choice here. They all result in getting to sip on a decadent chocolate martini…how can you go wrong?

Chocolate Martinis in stemless martini glasses with cocoa sugar rims.

How to rim a glass with cocoa

Rimming a glass in cocoa is an easy way to add a special touch to any dessert cocktail.

Follow these easy steps to get a cocoa sugar-rimmed glass:

  1. In a small bowl, mix one tablespoon of cocoa with 1/2 cup of sugar in the raw until combined.
  2. Pour 2 tablespoons of simple syrup on a small plate and the cocoa sugar mixture on another plate.
  3. Invert the rim of the martini glass into the simple syrup and let the excess drip off.
  4. Dip the rim into the cocoa sugar.
  5. Hold the glass over the cocoa sugar for 30 seconds to prevent dripping.
  6. Set aside and repeat the process with additional glasses.

Boom! Pretty glasses ready to go!

Clear shaker pouring chocolate martini recipe into tall glass with chocolate swirls.

How to swirl the chocolate in a glass

Making a chocolate swirl in a glass can be intimidating, but I have a few tips for making this fancy garnish easier: 

  • If you want to garnish the glasses ahead of time so they are ready when guests arrive, melt chocolate chips and a bit of coconut oil together. (The coconut oil keeps the chocolate smooth). The chocolate will set and stay for hours.
  • I definitely recommend using these mini-bottles to swirl the chocolate into the glass. The small tip gives you so much more control over the flow of chocolate (and thus the size of the swirl). 
  • You can also pop the melted chocolate in a plastic bag, cut off a corner to use as a tip and swirl it into the glass.
  • If you run short on time, simply break out the Hershey’s chocolate syrup! Swirl it into the glass, fill it with the cocktail and serve immediately. It’s not visually as pretty but it’s still darn tasty!

Can I make this chocolate martini a batch cocktail?

Yes! After all, who likes to drink a chocolate martini alone? These cocktails pretty much have party written all over them. We have several different shakers that we love but this one is large enough to make martinis for 5 people.

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Two Chocolate Martinis in tall martini glasses swirled with chocolate on the inside.

Yield: Makes one cocktail

Chocolate Martini Recipe

Chocolate Martinis in stemless martini glasses garnished with chocolate shavings with a cocoa rim.

A smooth Chocolate Martini recipe made with chocolate liqueur, creme de cocoa and vanilla vodka. The perfect dessert drink for your next party!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes



  1. Fill a martini shaker half full with ice and add the Godiva Liqueur, Creme de Cocoa, vanilla vodka and milk. Shake vigorously.
  2. Swirl the inside of the martini glass with the Hershey's syrup and then strain the chocolate martini into the glass.
  3. Serve immediately.


You can also garnish this drink with either chocolate curls or a cocoa sugar rim in lieu of the chocolate syrup. See tips for garnishing with a cocoa sugar rim in the post above.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

6 ounces

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 432Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 9gSugar: 30gProtein: 12g

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      Thank you for your kind words! They taste as good as they look too! Have a great weekend!

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    Wow I wish I lived close to you! That looks like the perfect treat for happy hour today–nice and comforting on this cold, snowy day. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    My husband would love this! I hope you’ll consider submitting it to this month’s Shine Supper Club–we’re collecting recipes for seduction!

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      What is creme de cocoa? Is that liquor or like hot cocoa?

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        It’s a liqueur. You can find it at your local liquor store. It is relatively inexpensive.

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    The recipe is 1 1/2 “Ounces” of Creme de Cocoa?

    Thank you

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      Yes, 1 1/2 ounces of creme de cocoa. Creme de cocoa is a liqueur. Hope that helps!

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        Thank you!

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    Wow, this is wrong but I really want one even though it’s 9 am !! Awesome!

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      It’s 5:00 somewhere, Lyuba! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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        It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

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      It’s five o’clock somewhere! Cheers!

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    this is the first time EVER that I have craved a martini, I may just have to run to the store

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      One of my favorite martinis! Try it, you will love it!

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    Is it creme de cacao or cocoa?

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    2nd question which brand

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      Hi Mark, it’s Creme de Cacao and I usually use DeKuyper! Hope that helps.

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    Yes thank you

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    This was sooo good! We tested a bunch of chocolate cocktails against each other, and this was the winner, far and away. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    I asked for one on our recent cruise. The bartender said he would make it special. I said go for it. He added butterscotch schnapps to it. So yummy!!

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    I used raspberry vodka instead of vanilla vodka. It was perfect and everyone loved them!

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    Going to make one or two tonight. Going to substitute the milk with light cream. Happy New Year

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    This came out fantastically. A wonderfully boozy take on dessert. love the creaminess of the half-n-half.

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    Hi I loved your talk before making the drink. I normally don’t read cause most people are so wordy but your personality came through! Thanks going to try it soon!

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    Oh my Goodness! This is an awesome delight for chocolate vodka lovers! 🙂 Beautiful pictures by the way! 🙂

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      Thank you so much! Cheers!

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    Can we use chocolate vodka since we have a whole bottle?

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      Hi Pam, I haven’t made it with chocolate vodka before but I imagine it would be a delicious addition! Let us know! Cheers!


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