There are many chocolate-flavored martinis and a number of them go under the name 'Chocolatini'. This is one of those recipes and it is sweet, delicious, creamy and oh-so-tempting.
It's a fabulous cocktail to mix up for special occasions, to serve with dessert at a dinner party or enjoy anytime you simply feel like indulging your sweet tooth.
This variation on the Chocolate Martini was inspired by a Chocolatini found on Baileys website. That recipe calls for 2 ounces Bailey's and 1/4 ounce each vodka and Godiva, but it was too heavy for my taste. Since I enjoyed the flavor but wanted less cream, I've increased the vodka and cut the Irish cream.
The result is a very yummy cocktail that I find to have more balance than the original. It is a great dessert "martini" and has the potential to become one of your new favorites.
- Pour the vodka and liqueurs into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with chocolate shavings.
More Tips for Making a Great Chocolatini
The vodka doesn't need to be your best, but it should be decent. A cocktail with such heavy, thick flavors is not going to be broken by the vodka and there are many great vanilla vodkas to choose from. I would suggest the likes of Grey Goose La Vanille, Stoli Vanil or Van Gogh Vanilla.
If you like, you can switch up the vodka and opt for another flavor as well. Most of the whipped cream and dessert-like vodkas will make a fun addition. Coffee-flavored vodkas can bring in another layer of flavor that is really nice against the chocolate cream.
Experiment with and explore different chocolate liqueurs. There are a number of great chocolate liqueurs available and it seems to be a popular flavor for growth in the liquor industry. Keep an eye out for small brands as they are released and don't be afraid to give an unknown a try.
Godiva is the liqueur I used when first trying out this recipe and I like it because it has a rich chocolate flavor and creamy texture. Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur is another fantastic option that I would consider a comparable substitute.
If you cannot find a chocolate liqueur similar to those two, creme de cacao would be a decent substitute. However, you will lose that touch of extra creaminess.
Dress up your Chocolatini with even more chocolate. There are many ways that you can add to the chocolatiness of your Chocolatini, just let your imagination run wild.
- Add shaved chocolate on the top of the drink.
- Rim the glass with cocoa.
- Sprinkle grated nutmeg or cinnamon for a little contrast.
- Garnish with a small chocolate candy.
- Dip a strawberry in melted chocolate and add it to the rim!
How Strong is the Chocolatini?
As with most martinis, this may seem like a sweet and innocent cocktail, but the reality tells a different story. You need to remember that this Chocolatini is made up completely of alcohol and that fact alone will bring the drink's strength up significantly.
When made with the brands suggested and a 70-proof vanilla vodka, this cocktail has an alcohol content of around 22% ABV (44 proof). That is less than the classic Gin Martini, yet almost double a low-proof drink like the Grasshopper.