The Raspberry Chocolate Martini is the after dinner craving that you have been searching through Pinterest for. It is easy to make, easy to sip, and easy to make another! The mouthfeel is oh so creamy, the chocolate tastes like you should feel guilty in all of the best ways, the cinnamon smoke embraces the richness of the cocktail, and the raspberry gives it just the fruity kick it needs! If your mouth is already watering, keep on reading to see how to make the Raspberry and Chocolate Martini!
What is a Dessert Cocktail?
A dessert cocktail is a type of alcoholic beverage that is specifically designed to mimic or complement the flavors of a dessert. It typically combines traditional cocktail ingredients, such as spirits and mixers, with elements commonly found in desserts, like sweet syrups, creams, chocolate, fruits, and spices. Dessert cocktails are often enjoyed after a meal or as a sweet treat on their own.
Have you ever been to a dessert bar and paid almost $20 for a dessert cocktail?? Yes, it may be delicious and fun from time to time, but after 2 drinks for you and your loved one each, you have spent almost $100 bucks! Gather the ingredients from the store and save big time and have more drinks spread across multiple nights! With this dessert Raspberry Chocolate Martini, you can serve multiple to many guests at once!
Raspberry Chocolate Martini Ingredients Breakdown
So, the Raspberry Chocolate Martini is SO easy to re-create. You can make a budget-friendly version, which is what we did, or you can ball out just a bit. 😉
Starting off with the Chocolate! We chose Crème de Cacao which is a type of liqueur that is flavored with cacao beans or cocoa beans, the same beans used to make chocolate. It is a sweet and flavorful liqueur that is often used in various cocktails and desserts to add chocolatey and slightly nutty notes. The term “crème” in the name refers to its sweet and creamy texture, rather than containing actual dairy cream.
Crème de cacao can come in two main varieties:
- White Crème de Cacao: This version is clear or slightly off-white in color and has a sweet and subtle chocolate flavor. It’s commonly used in cocktails to add a chocolate element without affecting the drink’s color.
- Dark Crème de Cacao: This variety is brown or dark in color and has a richer, deeper chocolate flavor. It is often used in cocktails and desserts where the chocolate flavor is more pronounced. This is the one we chose for this martini to help give it the chocolate color and more of the chocolate flavor.
Up next in the Raspberry Chocolate Martini, is the raspberry! We chose to go with Raspberry Vodka. This is great vodka because it is affordable and very versatile! Flavored vodkas are created by infusing the vodka with various natural or artificial flavors to give it a distinct taste
You could also use Chambord, too, which is a raspberry liqueur. Chambord is a premium raspberry liqueur with a rich history and a distinct flavor profile. It is known for its deep purple color and its sweet and tangy taste, which comes from the infusion of raspberries and other fruits in a base of French cognac. Either of these options would be a great addition to the Raspberry Chocolate Martini!
Next, is the crucial element that makes it creamy and gives the Raspberry Chocolate Martini a mouthfeel that will make you crave more and more: the heavy cream!
Heavy cream, or whipping cream, adds a creamy texture and indulgent feel to cocktails. It balances flavors, creates visual appeal with froth, and enhances taste. It’s used in drinks like White Russians for a smooth, rich character. There is lighter heavy cream that won’t make you feel as guilty, but, I mean, it issss a dessert cocktail so it is okay to indulge a bit!
Next up, is the smoke!! We chose to smoke this cocktail with Cinnamon Smoke Dust. Cinnamon Smoke Dust was our first release. It is not ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks, but more so “pebbles” of Cinnamon. Let me tell you, it smells amazing. Cinnamon Smoke Dust goes great with bourbon neat and cocktails on the sweeter side!
Raspberry Chocolate Martini
- 1 Cocktail Shaker & Strainer
- 1 Smokeshow Cocktail Smoker
- 1 Butane Torch
- 1 oz Raspberry Vodka
- 1.5 oz Creme de Cacao
- 1 oz Heavy Cream
Garnish & Smoke
- 1 pinch Cinnamon Smoke Dust
- 2-3 skewered Raspberries
- Chocolate Syrup Drizzle
- Ready a glass by drizzling chocolate syrup around the inside of the glass, starting at the top to allow it to drip down the glass.
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shake with ice. Shake!
- Strain into glass.
Garnish & Smoke
- Place smoker on top, add dust, and smoke for 6-10 seconds.
- Remove smoker, add skewered raspberries and enjoy!