This Salted Caramel Chocolate Martini is a delicious cocktail that combines elegance and sweetness in a single glass. It’s perfect for celebrating special occasions or simply treating yourself to a moment of pure indulgence.

A chocolate martini with chocolate and gold decorations.


Today, we’re diving into the world of indulgence with a delightful treat – the Chocolate Martini Cocktail. This decadent concoction is perfect for those moments when you want to sip on something sweet and sophisticated. So, let’s roll up our sleeves, grab our shakers, and get pouring!

Ingredients You’ll Need

Chocolate liqueur – Chocolate liqueur is a decadent and indulgent spirit that captures the rich, smooth flavor of chocolate in liquid form. It’s made by infusing cocoa beans, chocolate, or cocoa powder into a base alcohol, resulting in a sweet and slightly bitter liqueur. It’s a key ingredient in many chocolate-flavored cocktails and desserts, adding a luscious, chocolatey essence to your creations.

Creme de Cacao – It comes in two varieties: dark and white. The dark version offers a deep chocolate flavor with hints of vanilla, while the white variety is lighter and has a more pronounced vanilla character.

Vodka – Vodka is a versatile and neutral spirit that’s loved for its clarity and smoothness. It’s made from fermented grains or potatoes and is typically distilled to a high level of purity, resulting in a nearly flavorless and odorless base spirit.

Salted Caramel Creamer – This is a creamy and sweet liquid designed to enhance coffee, tea, or cocktails. We’ve added Salted Caramel creamer to our chocolate martini for an extra punch of flavor but you can substitute with chocolate or vanilla creamer for a plain chocolate martini or peppermint creamer for a chocolate peppermint holiday version!

Chocolate chips – Melted chocolate chips are used to garnish the martini glass.

Ice – Just a few cubes of ice is all you need to chill the cocktail.

A chocolate martini in a gold glass with chocolate on top.

Items You’ll Need to Make a Martini

Martini Shaker and Strainer

A martini shaker is a vital tool for crafting the perfect martini. It consists of three main parts: the bottom container (or “base”), a metal or glass shaker top, and a lid with a built-in strainer. Here’s how it works:

Mixing: You place the cocktail ingredients, such as vodka, vermouth, and any flavorings or garnishes, into the base of the shaker.

Shaking: After adding ice, you attach the top securely to the base and give it a vigorous shake. This action thoroughly chills and mixes the ingredients while also adding aeration and dilution.

Straining: Once your martini is well-mixed and cold, you remove the lid and strain the liquid into your martini glass, holding back the ice and any small ice chips to ensure a smooth, clean pour.

The martini shaker’s shaking action not only blends the ingredients but also imparts a desirable frothy texture to the martini, resulting in a well-balanced and refreshing cocktail.

Martini Glass

The martini glass, often called a martini or cocktail glass, is the iconic vessel specifically designed for serving martinis. It has distinctive features that contribute to the martini experience:

V-Shaped Bowl: Martini glasses typically have a wide, shallow, V-shaped bowl. This shape allows you to enjoy the aromas of the cocktail while sipping and showcases the martini’s clarity.

Long Stem: The long stem serves two purposes: it keeps your hand away from the bowl, preventing the martini from warming up too quickly, and it adds an elegant and stylish element to the presentation.

Wide Rim: The wide rim provides ample space for garnishes, such as lemon twists or olives, and makes it easy to take small, sophisticated sips of your martini.

Martini glasses are an integral part of the martini ritual, enhancing both the visual and sensory aspects of enjoying this classic cocktail.

A martini glass with a chocolate martini being poured into it.

How to Make a Chocolate Martini

Step 1 – Shake. Place 3-4 cubes of ice in the martini shaker and add the chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, vodka, and salted caramel creamer. Shake well.

Step 2 – Pour. Place a strainer over the top of the shaker and pour the drink into the prepared martini glass.

Tips and Tricks

  • Use high-quality chocolate liqueur for the best flavor.
  • Experiment with different types of chocolate for rimming your glass.
  • Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less cream and creme de cacao.
A person holding a martini glass with chocolate sauce on it to make a chocolate martini

How to Decorate the Martini Glass

A fun cocktail like this is all about looking good, so we dressed our drink up with a chocolate swirl in the martini glasses.

Step 1 – Melt chocolate. Place the chocolate chips in a small, microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Step 2 – Decorate glass. Spoon the melted chocolate into a sandwich bag. Snip off the tip of one corner of the bag and squeeze it into the martini glass, making a swirl of chocolate around the inside of the glass.

Step 3 – Chill. Place the glass in the refrigerator to let the chocolate harden.

Other Ideas for Chocolate Martini Garnish

Garnishing your Chocolate Martini adds that extra touch of elegance and flavor. Here are some more delicious suggestions for garnishes to make your martini even more special:

  • Chocolate Shavings: Sprinkle some fine chocolate shavings on top of the martini. It not only looks beautiful but also adds a rich chocolatey aroma to each sip.
  • Chocolate-Covered Espresso Bean: For a subtle coffee twist, place a chocolate-covered espresso bean on the rim or float it on the surface. It provides a delightful crunch and a hint of coffee flavor.
  • Whipped Cream: A dollop of whipped cream is a classic choice. It adds creaminess and a touch of sweetness to balance the rich chocolate flavors.
  • Cocoa Powder Dusting: Dust a pinch of cocoa powder over the martini’s surface for a touch of bitterness and a visually appealing finish.
  • Chocolate Syrup Drizzle: Drizzle some extra chocolate syrup on top of the cocktail or along the inner surface of the martini glass. It not only looks fantastic but also adds an extra layer of chocolatey goodness.
  • Fresh Strawberry: Garnish with a fresh strawberry on the rim or skewered on a cocktail pick. The contrast of the strawberry’s freshness with the chocolate is divine.
  • Mint Sprig: A small sprig of fresh mint adds a refreshing herbal note to the martini. It’s a great choice if you want to balance the sweetness.
  • Raspberry: A single raspberry on a cocktail pick not only looks gorgeous but also offers a burst of fruity flavor that complements the chocolate.
  • Edible Gold or Silver Flakes: For a touch of luxury, consider edible gold or silver flakes. They’ll make your Chocolate Martini shine and sparkle.
  • Caramel Swirl: Drizzle a little caramel sauce over the chocolate syrup for a beautiful swirl effect. It adds caramel’s buttery sweetness to the mix.
A chocolate martini with chocolate and a candy cane on a gold plate.

How to Make It Ahead of Time

You can make a Chocolate Martini ahead of time, but there are some important things to keep in mind to ensure it stays fresh and delicious when you’re ready to enjoy it. Here’s how:

  1. Pre-Mix the Ingredients: You can pre-mix the vodka, chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, and creamer in a cocktail shaker without ice. Make sure it’s well mixed, and then transfer it to an airtight container or a bottle. Store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
  2. Chill the Mixture: Keeping the mixture cold is crucial to maintaining the martini’s quality. Ensure that the container or bottle with the pre-mixed ingredients remains in the fridge.
  3. Decorate the Glass: If you are creating a chocolate swirl like we did you can decorate several glasses ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator. If you are going to rim the martini glass with one of the other suggestions above, you should wait until you’re about to serve the drink. This way the garnish is fresh.
  4. Shake with Ice Just Before Serving: When you’re ready to enjoy your Chocolate Martini, take the pre-mixed mixture out of the fridge and give it a good shake in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. This will chill the cocktail and create that desired frothy texture.
  5. Strain and Garnish: Strain the freshly shaken mixture into a chilled martini glass, and then add the chocolate syrup drizzle and any additional garnishes you prefer.

By following these steps, you can prepare your Chocolate Martini ahead of time and still serve a delicious, chilled, and beautifully garnished cocktail to your guests or yourself whenever you’re ready to indulge.

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Servings: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Salted Caramel Chocolate Martini

This Salted Caramel Chocolate Martini is a delicious cocktail recipe that combines elegance and sweetness in a single glass.
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  • 1.5 ounce Chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce Creme de Cacao
  • 1 ounce Vodka
  • 1 ounce Salted Caramel Creamer


  • 2 Tbsp Chocolate chips, melted


  • Place the chocolate chips in a small, microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Spoon the melted chocolate into a sandwich bag. Snip off the tip of one corner of the bag and squeeze it into the martini glass making a swirl of chocolate around inside of glass.
  • Place glass in the refrigerator to let chocolate harden.
  • Place 3-4 cubes of ice in the martini shaker and add the chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, vodka, and salted caramel creamer. Shake well.
  • Place a strainer over the top of the shaker and pour the drink into the prepared martini glass.


Serving: 1glass
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
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