Holiday Cocktails: Chocolate Peppermint Martini Recipe

by Pamela

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Okay, this is me with my tail between my legs.  It was only a couple of weeks ago that I was talking about how Christmas cocktails didn’t need to be all gooey and pepperminty so I made that holiday tequila cocktail.  Well, mea culpa.  I got a bunch of e-mails asking me for a minty cocktail that could be enjoyed this time of year.  They assured me this was a “special occasion” drink that would only be consumed for a few short days of the year.  Since I was inclined to believe them (you know, tis the season and whatnot) I agreed that I would make and post a cocktail for them and their seasonal imbibing.  (Yes, it was more than 1 person…go figure.)

I really used to like a chocolate martini recipe that came out in the late 90’s.  It wasn’t gloppy sweet, in fact, it wasn’t really sweet at all…but it had a great chocolate flavor that was enhanced with a few bittersweet chocolate chips at the bottom of the glass.  Kind of like a reward for drinking all your booze.  And hey, I was a member of the clean plate club of the great Mid-Western state of Ohio.  So I already knew the “deal” before the bartender told me about the little chocolate pot of gold at the end of my drunken rainbow.

So I went into this challenge already knowing that I was going to leave out the icky sweet and gloppy factor and bring on the crisp clean flavors.  I went digging high and low for my favorite chocolate martini recipe.  (All great booze hounds keep their favorite recipes stuck in random places – I won’t divulge where I found this one…I’m not drunk enough.   I suppose the purists out there wouldn’t call this a martini recipe at all, but screw them…this is my site and I’ll call it a martini recipe if I want to.  Pppfffffftttttttttt!


As you can see by the picture, my chocolate martini recipe is clear.  That’s right…no thick and creamy stuff here (I leave that out of the kitchen and keep it in the boudoir as much as possible).  It’s just if I’m carrying a drink around during a party, I don’t want to feel like I need a mug of hot water to cut through the thick coating that’s on my mouth and throat.  I want to feel light, refreshed and maybe a little buzzed.  (Okay, a lot buzzed to deal with people at a holiday party.)

This chocolate peppermint martini fits all of those requirements.  As I said before, I’ve have more than one nightmarish episode with peppermint schnapps, so you won’t find any of that in this peppermint martini recipe either. (Believe me when I tell you that I shuddered as I wrote those words.)  This chocolate martini recipe gets just a kiss of peppermint from a little bottle of peppermint extract (which is also less expensive and takes up less room than a big bottle of schnapps).  And you’ll possibly use it again, outside of the Christmas season.  I mean, cucumber and mint gin cocktails sound pretty good for a summertime drink or maybe a dash in some lemonade.  I’m just throwing out some ideas here.

I think you’ll really like this recipe.  It’s easy to make and won’t cost a lot to stock your bar with the necessary ingredients.  I rimmed the glass with water and grated chocolate, but you could also use crushed peppermint candies.  I garnished it with a sprig of peppermint (natch) because I have a pot of it in my backyard.  But you could rim the glass with grated chocolate and drop a candy cane in there too.

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Recipe: Chocolate Peppermint Martini Recipe


  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1/2 Ounce Creme de Cocoa
  • Peppermint Extract


  1. In a cocktail shaker full of ice, add the vodka, creme de cocoa and 2-3 drops of peppermint extract.
  2. Close and shake vigorously.
  3. Dip your martini glass in a bit of water to wet the rim and then dip it into either shaved chocolate or crushed peppermint candies.
  4. Strain the cocktail into the glass.
  5. Garnish with a sprig of peppermint.
  6. Serve.

Quick notes

Peppermint extract is strong stuff, so be careful with how much you add. Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t remove it once it’s in there.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 1

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)


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Trish Fougner December 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Love your blog and of course I was looking for a perfect holiday drink and this looks to-die-for!

Pamela December 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Thanks Trish,

It’s quite refreshing and festive and not at all gloppy sweet. Just make sure you go easy on the peppermint extract or you’ll swear you just ate a peppermint tree. 🙂

Julia December 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Clear, which confuses my chocolate loving brain. But, like you said, who needs that thick stuff at a party? I’ll take 2 please.

Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeno December 17, 2011 at 6:58 am

ummm yes yes yes yes please. I love everything about this!!!!

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