There are a number of Chocolate Raspberry Martini recipes out there. I’ve included two here. One of them is clear in color, and has just two ingredients. The other adds some color, plus a touch of Tia Maria or any other coffee liqueur of your choice.
Both versions taste fantastic. I prefer the first one because that touch of coffee bitterness adds a nice contrast to the sweetness of the raspberry. I also can’t get past the idea that a “chocolate raspberry martini” ought to be brown or reddish in color, not clear. That’s just silly, of course. The clear version is very tasty, and a bit less sweet than the first version.
The cream is another difference between the two. It adds a richness to the first version, especially if you use a full-fat cream or at least half-and-half (for those outside the US, half-and-half is equal parts whole milk and heavy cream).
The first version of this one has more or less the strength of a typical cocktail. But the second version is pure alcohol – flavored vodka with a fairly strong liqueur – and that makes it a rather strong drink, very nice for savoring on a night in.
You can garnish this one in a few ways: put a few fresh raspberries in it, sprinkle cocoa powder across the surface, put a chocolate kiss or two in it, or any combination of the above. You can also rim the glass with sweetened cocoa powder. I prefer to just skewer some raspberries and lay them across the top. It looks elegant and clean.
Chocolate Raspberry Martini Recipe #1
- 1 ounce raspberry vodka
- 1 ounce dark creme de cacao
- 1 ounce cream
- 1/2 ounce Tia Maria
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes. Pour in the ingredients and shake until chilled. Strain the mixture into a martini glass. Garnish with raspberries and/or chocolate.
Chocolate Raspberry Martini Recipe #2
- 1 1/2 ounces raspberry vodka
- 1 ounce white creme de cacao
Chill your ingredients beforehand. Pour them into a chilled martini glass and stir.
Originally published December 27, 2014