The Chocolate Martini

Try a chocolate martini -- it's a wonderful experience!

Have you ever had a chocolate martini? If you love cocktails -- and you love chocolate -- a chocolate martini is a must-try experience.

What follows is the recipe for an even more unusual treat: a 'virgin' chocolate martini.

There are two schools of thought about making or drinking a chocolate martini. The first one suggests that a chocolate martini is not a 'serious' drink, that it is strictly for fun, and that a chocolate martini is a concoction specially blended for light-hearted parties and informal socializing among friends.

The other school is that having a martini is not just having a drink, it's having an experience. This school holds that imbibing in a chocolate martini is something much bigger than just the list of ingredients. : )

No matter what you believe, a virgin chocolate martini is every bit as tasty as an alcohol-laced one, and can be enjoyed either informally among friends, or with the classiest, most discerning of martini connoisseurs at the most formal gatherings.

Note that you can use any of your favorite dark, milk, or semisweet chocolate choices with excellent taste results. Test them, and then you can decide your personal preference. : )

The first thing you need to do is line the rim of the martini glass with any of these 3 choices:

1. sugared cocoa powder
2. chocolate syrup
3. either of the above with grated chocolate slivers mixed in.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

The next thing you need to do is place a 'Hershey's Kiss' chocolate in the bottom of the glass.

Finally, here are a few recipes to try:

2 ounces of melted chocolate (or chocolate sauce)
1-1/2 ounces non-alcoholic champagne or sparkling apple juice
1 ounce 'Half-and-Half' cream


1-1/2 ounces of chocolate syrup or melted chocolate
2 ounces of coconut cream
1 ounce of 'Sprite' or other 'fizzing' soda pop

Mix all the virgin chocolate martini ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and then strain or pour into the chilled cocktail glass.

Some chocolate martini variations include: adding a 1/4 tsp of vanilla or of other 'flavors' such as orange concentrate or almond extract.

Enjoy your virgin chocolate martini!