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Chocolate Martini Recipe

Get ready to dive into a Wonka-like realm with this sensational chocolate martini recipe.

It blends crisp vodka with the velvety allure of chocolate, creating something extraordinary.

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It’s perfect for adding an extra layer of glamour to a party.

But it’s so easy to whip up, you can easily serve it on a quiet night in when you’re craving a sweet escape.

So, get ready to lift your glass because this chocolate martini recipe deserves a celebration.


Even before you take a sip of this stunning chocolate cocktail, you know it’ll be addictive. Just look at it!

But after that first sip? You’ll instantly be hooked!

Here’s what you need to make it:

  • Chocolate Syrup – Adding chocolate syrup to the rim and inside the glass makes the drink even more delicious.
  • Ice – You won’t have ice in your martini glass. But you need plenty in the shaker to chill the drink.
  • Chocolate Liqueur – Most people opt for Godiva, but you can use any chocolate liqueur you like. I’m partial to the Mozart brand, which has a deep, rich flavor.
  • Baileys Irish Cream – Baileys is essential for this drink. It adds a sweet, rich flavor and an incredibly smooth and creamy texture. If you don’t have any, make this copycat Baileys Irish Cream instead. 
  • Creme De Cacao – You may wonder why you need creme de cacao if you’ve already added chocolate liqueur. Trust me, add both. The warm hints of vanilla in the creme de cacao enhance all the other flavors in the cocktail. 
  • Vodka – Use whatever brand you like; just be sure it’s high quality. Use plain vodka if you just want the warmth. Or go for something flavored to make this extra special.
Portion serving of chocolate syrup, vodka, creme de cacao and Bailey's irish cream on bowls.

Is Crème de Cacao the Same as Chocolate Liqueur? 

While you can often substitute creme de cacao for chocolate liqueur, the two are not the same.

  • Creme de cacao is a chocolate liqueur made from the cacao bean. It’s infused with vanilla and other ingredients, making it less sweet and chocolatey than other chocolate liqueurs. 
  • Chocolate liqueur is sweeter and more syrupy. It’s typically made of chocolate and cream.

Still, you can sub one for the other in a pinch. I just don’t recommend it if you have the choice.

How to Make a Chocolate Martini

Despite this drink’s elegance and sophistication, it’s effortless to make. Here’s what you do: 

1. Prepare the glasses. Drizzle the insides of the glasses with chocolate syrup and coat the rim.

2. Make the drink. Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Then, pour in all of the drink ingredients inside and shake until chilled.

3. Strain and serve. Strain the drink evenly between the martini glasses. Add any desired garnishes, and enjoy! 

Top view of chocolate martini served on chocolate syrup rimmed cocktail glass.

Tips and Variations 

As far as martini recipes go, this one is very drinker-friendly. It’s smooth, sweet, and not overly boozy (like many martinis can be).

Here are a few tips and variations to keep in mind before making one: 

  • Prepare and chill the glasses. Prepare the glasses with chocolate syrup 30 minutes before, then pop them in the freezer. Doing so will keep your martini colder for longer.
  • Dial down the sweetness. Add an extra jigger (1.5 ounces) of vodka to cut the sweetness.
  • Tweak the flavors. Make your own signature chocolate martini! Try cherry liqueur for a chocolate-cherry combo or hazelnut liqueur for Nutella vibes.
  • No Baileys? Use half-and-half instead. It won’t be as chocolatey (or boozy), but it’ll help you retain the thick, creamy texture. 
  • Make it even creamier. If the Baileys isn’t enough for you, add a splash of heavy cream, as well. 
  • Switch up the flavors. Up the chocolate factor with 360 Double Chocolate Vodka. Or you can use a different flavor – espresso, whipped, vanilla, cherry, raspberry, etc. 
  • Remember to garnish! Berries make an excellent garnish for this drink. You could also add a biscotti or Pirouline straw. If you want to go all out, make chocolate-covered strawberries.

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Chocolate Martini

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This chocolate martini recipe is too good to miss! Made with chocolate liqueur, Baileys, vodka, and creme de cacao, it’s truly an indulgent drink.


  • 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup (for drizzling)

  • ice

  • 4 ounces chocolate liqueur

  • 4 ounces Baileys Irish Cream

  • 4 ounces creme de cacao

  • 4 ounces vodka


  • Drizzle chocolate syrup inside two martini glasses. Tilt the glasses to coat the insides evenly.
  • Pour the remaining chocolate syrup onto a small plate. Dip the rims into the chocolate to coat, then place the glasses in the fridge.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the chocolate liqueur, Baileys, creme de cacao, and vodka.
  • Shake it vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until well chilled.
  • Strain the chocolate martini evenly between the two chocolate-rimmed martini glasses.
  • Serve and enjoy!


  • Prepare the glasses with chocolate syrup 30 minutes before, then pop them in the freezer. Doing so will keep your martini colder for longer.
  • Try flavored vodka! Chocolate, vanilla, espresso, whipped cream, cherry, etc.
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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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