Creamy and full of chocolate flavor, this hedonistic chocolate peppermint martini cocktail finishes with a cool, minty sensation reminiscent of an after dinner mint. An after dinner mint that’s been imbued with vodka, that is. Happy 5th day of #Choctoberfest!!
For this recipe you’ll need: vodka, creme de cocoa, chocolate liqueur, peppermint schnapps, chocolate syrup, heavy cream – milk chocolate, and candy canes for garnishJump to Recipe
I have a large vocabulary. I’m an avid reader and always have been plus I eagerly collect words the way some people collect stamps. When you add 22 years of homeschooling (my kids have a 21 year age range) to that you get something akin to a walking dictionary.
Despite all of that I have had real trouble coming up with words to describe the chocolate recipes during #Choctoberfest week. I mean, how many ways can you say decadent? Indulgent? Sinful but SO good?
So today’s chocolate peppermint martini recipe is brought to you by the letter H and the word, hedonsitic, which means “engaged in the pursuit of pleasure; sensually self-indulgent”. Honestly I think that is the perfect word to describe this lush sip of chocolatey goodness. And, y’all, it is SO EASY to make.
How to Make the “Perfect” Chocolate Peppermint Martini
It’s sort of a classic criticism that it’s really hard to find a perfect martini. You run into things like shaken or stirred, the brand of gin… the list goes on and on. Then when you get into all the variations (I mean is it really a martini if it’s made with vodka?) it gets even more confusing.
All of the doesn’t matter. What matters is a few, simple rules.
- Everything must be ice cold including the glass. Put your vodka and glass in the freezer for an hour prior to making the drink if possible.
- Bubbles or velvet? In making a regular martini whether it’s shaken or stirred depends on the mouthfeel you like. Shaken means that tiny air bubbles will form and the drink with have a crisp mouthfeel. Stir it and it stays smooth and velvety. In the case of our perfect chocolate peppermint martini we’ll stir to keep in smooth.
- Quality ingredients. Please do not try to make ANY kind of martini with rot gut vodka. Break out the wallet and get the good stuff. Honk. Honk.
- The wider the mouth of the martini glass the more oxygen you’ll get with each sip. Not only is oxygen essential for breathing purposes but it intensifies flavors.
- You can make this a white chocolate peppermint martini by using white chocolate liqueur, clear creme de cocoa, and white chocolate for garnish. Or substitute Amaretto for the peppermint schnapps and get rid of the peppermint garnish.
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Martini glasses! They’re essential to serving a great martini. I’ll be totally honest – I only like stemless glasses of any kind because in my house anything glass + stemmed = breakage. I just ordered these stemless martini glasses to be sure and have plenty for holiday entertaining. AND at the current time (October 20,2017) they are on sale for just a little more than half price.
Chocolate Peppermint Martini Recipe
It’s go time, y’all. This is the perfect after dinner cocktail to get your through the holidays looking like an efficient 1960s Trophy wife… even if you happen to have a beard.
Creamy and full of chocolate flavor, this hedonistic chocolate peppermint martini cocktail finishes with a cool, minty sensation reminiscent of an after dinner mint. An after dinner mint that's been imbued with vodka, that is. Love it? Be sure to give it a star rating!
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 ounce creme de cocoa
- 2 ounces chocolate liqueur , I used Godiva
- 1/2 ounce peppermint schnapps
- 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
- Heavy cream As desired
- 1 candy cane , crushed
- chocolate syurp
- chocolate finely chopped
Prepare martini glass according to instructions below
Add ice to shaker.
Add the cocktail ingredients
Shake until cold and well blended then strain into prepared martini glass.
Melt the chocolate.
Dip the rim of the martini glass in melted chocolate then roll in crushed candy cane.
Put in the freezer for 5 minutes.
Remove the glass from the freezer and squirt a spiral of chocolate syrup around the inside of the glass.
Return to the freezer for a minute or two.
Pour the martini into the glass and garnish with a candy cane.
If the cocktail is too strong for your tastes add a little heavy cream until it's just right
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