I rue the day that I discovered a chocolate martini at 21 Oceanfront restaurant in Newport Beach. My good friend Trish took me to this old-school, tuck-and-roll, fancy-schmancy steak and seafood restaurant for dessert one night. Nothing about a chocolate martini sounded good to me. I was afraid it would be overly sweet and creamy and I'm really not into sweet and creamy cocktails. Well I was dead wrong. It was the most delicious thing I've put in my mouth in a long time. One of the bartenders named Tony (there are three bartenders named Tony at 21 Oceanfront) gave me a rough idea of what was in their chocolate martini. It's really pretty darn simple.
This is a 2-ingredient cocktail. I use Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur and Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate vodka. If you can't find chocolate vodka you can also use vanilla vodka. You can also use Godiva Milk Chocolate or White Chocolate Liqueur.
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While I really like the simplicity of this drink as is, there are lots of variations and fun garnishes you can use:
- Add a bit of Grand Marnier, Chambord or coffee liqueur
- Add a couple drops of bitters, such as orange, fig or lavender
- Shave a curl of chocolate on top of the glass as a garnish
- Swirl chocolate syrup on the inside of the martini glass before you fill it
- Rim the glass in cocoa powder or a mixture of cocoa powder and sugar
A Little Bartending Technique Required
The keys to making this cocktail truly excellent are to: 1) really give it a good shake in the cocktail shaker and 2) serve it in pre-chilled martini glasses. I'm talking about vigorously shaking it over your shoulder until the cocktail shaker is covered with condensation and you feel like your fingers are sticking to the metal. When you give it a good shake and quickly strain it into the glass you get a few tiny ice slivers in the drink. Martini experts consider these ice slivers to be a bad thing in a regular martini because they dilute the cocktail. I think they are delicious, however, in a frosty cold Chocolate Martini.
What do you think? Do you like your Chocolate Martini with or without little ice shards?
OMG That's Good Chocolate Martini
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This decadent chocolate martini is amazingly simple to make and just plain delicious. All you need is Godiva Dark Chocolate liqueur, Van Gogh Chocolate Vodka, a cocktail shaker, ice and a martini glass.
- 3 ounces chocolate or vanilla vodka
- 3 ounces Godiva Dark Chocolate liqueur
- Chocolate shaving for garnish (optional)
- Rinse your martini glasses in water and put them in the freezer to chill.
- Fill the 3/4 of the cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka and chocolate liqueur and really give it a good shake until the shaker has a coating of condensation all over it.
- Strain into two pre-chilled martini glasses.
- If you like, shave a curl of chocolate over the glass to garnish.
Cuisine New American