The combination of chocolate and orange is a favorite in cocktails and there are a number of drinks that highlight the delightful duo. This chocolate and orange martini is one of them and it's a very fun vodka martini to mix up.
The recipe is not the chocolatiest of cocktails, so it's a nice change of pace. It begins with a base of vodka and white crème de cacao, which is richly sweet but not creamy. To that, just a touch of orange liqueur is added as an accent to find the delicate balance between the two flavors.
The other unique thing about this cocktail is that it uses a melted chocolate rim. Though optional, it's a nice homemade touch. It's fun for a party or when you already have chocolate in a double boiler (you can also melt the chocolate in a microwave). Next time you're making chocolate covered strawberries, go ahead and treat yourself to this martini, too!
- For the Chocolate Rim:
- 1/2 cup chocolate (chopped; or chips)
- For the Cocktail:
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 3/4 ounce crème de cacao (white)
- Splash orange liqueur
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this cocktail is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and assembly.
To Make the Chocolate Rim
Gather the ingredients.
Place chunks of chocolate into a heat-safe metal or glass bowl and put the bowl over a pot of water.
Heat and simmer the water until the chocolate is completely melted, stirring regularly.
Stand the glass upright and allow the chocolate to set.
Chill the glass in the freezer or refrigerator for 10 to 30 minutes.
Make the Chocolate and Orange Martini
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the vodka, crème de cacao, and orange liqueur.
Strain into the prepared glass.
Serve and enjoy!
- If you want to skip the melted chocolate rim, powdered cocoa is an easier option that gives you the same chocolate taste with each sip. For this, mix equal parts of sugar and cocoa in a small dish. Wet the rim by dipping it in a dish of the orange liqueur (wiping an orange wedge around the rim works, too), then roll the rim in the cocoa-sugar mix.
- Double up on the chocolate by pouring a chocolate vodka. You could also highlight the orange with citrus vodka.
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