What's more classic on Valentine's Day than a chocolate-covered strawberry? This chocolate strawberry martini recreates that classic in cocktail form.
A classic gift for Valentine's Day is chocolate-covered strawberries. But instead, surprise the one you love with this chocolate-covered strawberry martini!
The cocktail is a mixture of chocolate liqueurs, strawberry vodka and cream. A rim of powdered freeze-dried strawberries give extra strawberry flavor.
The recipe as written below makes two cocktails. Scale the recipe up or down for more or fewer servings.
- Chocolate liqueur – a sweet, creamy liqueur with an almost syrupy consistency
- Creme de cacao – another form of chocolate liqueur, but without cream, so it's thinner than chocolate liqueur
- Strawberry vodka – vodka infused with strawberries. See Substitutions if you can't find strawberry vodka.
- A fresh strawberry – Snip the strawberry and run it around the rim, so the freeze dried strawberries will stick to the glass
- Freeze-dried strawberries – ground to a powder to rim the martini glasses for extra strawberry flavor
- Chocolate-covered strawberries – optional garnish
Grind the freeze dried strawberries in a small food chopper. Spread on a plate large enough to accomodate the rims of your martini glasses.
Snip a fresh strawberry and run it around the rim of a cocktail glass. Dip the rim in the freeze dried strawberries. Repeat with remaining martini glass.
Measure the liqueurs, vodka and cream in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 30 seconds.
Strain the chocolate strawberry martini mixture into the strawberry-rimmed glasses.
If desired, garnish each glass with a chocolate-covered strawberry.
If you can't find strawberry vodka (or don't want to purchase a whole bottle of it), use plain vodka and strawberry simple syrup. The syrup is simple to make at home! In a small saucepan, combine ¼ cup water, ¼ cup sugar and a heaping ¼ cup of sliced strawberries.
Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 to 10 minutes. Set a strainer over a bowl, and pour the syrup into the strainer.
Let the strainer sit over the bowl for about 20 minutes, without pressing on the strawberries, in order to strain out all of the syrup. Add about 1 fluid ounce to your cocktail shaker (in addition to 3 fluid oz of plain vodka), plus more to suit your taste. Store leftovers in a swing-top glass bottle in the refrigerator.
Use any leftover syrup in other cocktails, pour over pancakes, add to a glass of lemonade or iced tea, use as ice cream topping, add to smoothies, etc.
To grind the freeze-dried strawberries, I use the chopper attachment on my immersion blender.
And of course, you'll need a cocktail shaker.
Don't skip the strawberry rim! It adds a contrasting tang to the sweetness of the martini, and adds extra strawberry flavor.
Have leftover strawberry powder? Add to vanilla cake mix to make it strawberry-flavored; sprinkle it over oatmeal; add to smoothies; fold into meringue batter; mix into yogurt, etc.
- .5 oz (15 g) freeze-dried strawberries
- 1 fresh strawberry for rimming the glasses
- 3 fl oz (88 mL) chocolate liqueur
- 3 fl oz (88 mL) creme de cacao
- 1 fl oz (30 mL) strawberry vodka
- 5 oz (148 mL) cream or half-and-half
- 2 chocolate-covered strawberries, for garnish
- Grind the freeze-dried strawberries to a powder. Spread over a plate.
- Snip into the bottom of the strawberry, and run it around the rim of one of martini glasses. Dip the martini glass into the strawberry powder.
- Repeat Step 2 with the second martini glass.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add the chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, strawberry vodka and cream. Shake for 30 seconds.
- Strain into the two prepared martini glasses.
- Garnish each with a chocolate covered strawberry, and serve.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 346Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 33mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 3gSugar: 29gProtein: 3g
I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.
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