A girl needs a good Martini at times and I like mine with Vodka rather than the classic gin, although there are times I would be found sipping on a Gin based Martini too. My recipe for Festive Hot Chocolate Vodka Martini with chilli, is sure to be an instant hit at your cocktail parties and your friends and family are going to beg for more so stock up on the ingredients and learn to shake that cocktail with some style aka Tom cruise from the flick Cocktail!
House of Fraser sent me a very elegant set of 4 Pied e Terre Martini glasses with REAL GOLD spiral detailing ,yes you heard that right , for review , so a Chocolate Martini was in order.I do have a large bottle of Smirnoff Vodka Martini but this Martini recipe had to be special and befitting these rather special martini glasses.
Hubby was equally excited to contribute towards this fab Martini evening I planned for a lazy Sunday with some friends, so when I sent him out to buy Vanilla flavoured Vodka he came back with a beautiful bottle of M&S ”HOT” Chocolate Vodka with chocolate flavouring and a hint of chilli for warmth – Perfect!
It’s often by such happy coincidences that something really fabulous can be conjured. I have been using rather sparingly the Baileys Chocolate Luxe Limited Edition Creamy Irish liqueur which I purchased at the Chocolate Festival in April this year.And just like an opportunity to experiment with the liqueur has presented itself – aha!
So folks before I share the recipe for my Festive Hot Chocolate Vodka Martini with chilli served in the Pied e Terre Martini glasses with REAL GOLD sprial detailing, let me bestow upon you – my unsuspecting readers my newfound knowledge about chocolate liqueurs acquired after spending a few hours browsing the net and harassing several people including a very sweet gentleman who makes a living mixing drinks.This will ensure that you do not endure the angst that poor hubster and I experienced, as we searched high and low for Crème de cacao before realising that a creamy chocolate liqueur can be used instead and gives a creamy consistency to the martini which the Crème de cacao does not. Crème de cacao was not to be found on supermarket shelves and believe you me, we went into most of the big ones, they are available to buy online though – but that for me amounts to hassle and a longer wait than just grabbing whats on the shelves ,right ?
Since Crème de cacao can be replaced by the chocolate liqueur and I had the Baileys Chocolate Luxe Limited Edition Creamy Irish liqueur , I was quite relieved. Or else I would have had to either order the Crème de cacao online or spend ££ on Godiva’s Chocolate liqueur which does sound so very sinfully delicious ummm
A bit about the Pied e Terre Martini glasses with REAL GOLD spiral detailing – these sophisticated glasses are available to buy from House of Fraser and are rather reasonably priced at £30 for a set of 4, they surely make for a fabulous gift idea for the festive season or any special anniversary or birthday or simply to spoil a martini lover.
Festive Hot Chocolate Vodka Martini with chilli recipe
Makes: 2 cocktails
- 75 ml ( 1 peg measure of 60 ml + 1 /2 of a small peg measure of 30ml ) OR 2 and 1/2 ounces of Baileys Chocolate Irish Cream Liqueur
- 2 peg measure which is 120ml OR 4 ounces of M&S ”HOT” Chocolate Vodka with chocolate flavouring and a hint of chilli
- Powdered Lindt Chilli chocolate for rimming
- Shavings of Lindt Chilli chocolate for garnishing
- Cocktail shaker
1 ounce = 29.5 ml approx half a peg . 1 peg = 60 ml
- Wash , wipe dry the Martini glasses and place them face down on a kitchen roll with the powdered Lindt Chilli chocolate to line the rim of the glass.
- Place these lined rim glasses to chill in the freezer.
- Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with the ice cubes.
- Shake vigorously.
- Strain into chilled martini glasses lined with Hershey’s chocolate syrup
- Garnish with Shavings of Lindt Chilli chocolate to get the extra chilli kick going
Enjoy with friends and family for a fabulous festive feast guaranteed to satisfy ANY chocolatey cravings !
*With thanks to House of Fraser for a complimentary set of 4 Pied e Terre Martini glasses with REAL GOLD spiral detailing. No monetary compensation was offered for a positive review. As always all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
*Recipe inspiration from Cocktail expert Colleen Graham’s recipe ( http://cocktails.about.com/od/cocktailrecipes/r/choclt_mrtni.htm) and Murrye Bernard’s recipe ( http://cocktails.lovetoknow.com/Baileys_Chocolate_Martini_Recipe) .