Saturday, April 30, 2011

Weekend Cooking... The Perfect Chocolate Martini

Oh, it has been a bit warm here recently, and the warmth can make you a little thirsty!
So, I thought I would share with you another of my favorite drink recipes.
Like the last drink recipe I posted, the Sputnik, this drink is also from The Red Square. The Red Square is one of the restaurant in The Quarter, a sort of pedestrian mall inside the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. As you can see in the photos above, it's like you are outside but that is just some artful sky painting..and it never rains and the temperature is always comfortable. Restaurant, stores, an Imax theater and such, but without question, our destination is often the Red Square, where they specialize in a wide variety of vodkas and some nice food ranging from caviar to pretty darn good cheeseburgers.

Now I am not much of a drinker..really.
But this version of the chocolate Martini is sort of like chocolate milk with a kick and sweet enough to make a nice dessert if you like.
Very good.
And I will have you know, that just for you, my dead reader, I forced myself to order one last time I was there just to be sure it was as good as I remembered. Happily, it was.

I got this recipe from our favorite bartender, Chris, and like all real bartenders, he never measures.  But, when pressured a tiny bit, he did his best to figure out the proportions. You can always play around with it a bit, adding a bit more vodka if you like it stronger.
But I think it is excellent just as it is.

The Red Square Chocolate Martini

In a shaker, with some ice, add..

3 parts Creme de Cocoa
1 part vanilla vodka
2 parts Godiva Original Chocolate Liqueur

Shake, strain into a chilled martini glass.

As you can see, at the Red Square they add a nice little chocolate floating on top. Theirs are custom made for them and look very nice but I think you could use your imagination and replace it with something else. Or make your own little custom chocolate decoration.
Melt some chocolate in the microwave, make a nice little shape on a piece of wax paper or a silicone pad, yet it dry and peal it off and  Ta Da!!

This is my contribution this to this week's Weekend Cooking.
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Be sure to check out the other entries this week. As always, hosted by Beth Fish Reads.


  1. Oh wow! Chocolate liqueur - I've never had that - how tempting.

  2. We like the Tropicana in Atlantic City; its one of our favorites there.

    I can see how it would be easy to have more than one of these drinks!

  3. I'm more of a fruity, girly drink kind of drinker, but that drink is awfully pretty.

  4. I sounds really good. Yum, yum....

  5. "It" sounds really good. Yum, yum.. I sound really good too, sometimes.. ; )

  6. That is so cool, i thought that was an outdoor pic of the sky! That cocktail sounds so good!

  7. That looks so decadent... I'd love to try one!

  8. I will admit that I like fruity sorts of drinks too, especially in the summer, but this is chocolate....enough said!

  9. I've had raspberry vodka on my list since you gave us the Sputnik recipe. Now I'll add vanilla. I'm probably not shopping at the right places, but I haven't found it yet. When I do, I'm going to be quite the bartender. I know this chocolate one will be a big hit.

  10. Sounds both delicious and dangerous at the same time :-)

  11. Hubby makes me a clear verion, but the Godiva addition sounds wonderful.

  12. Oh gosh -- that sounds delicious. And the red square decoration is too fun. I'm giving this one a try one of these nights.

  13. Margot, you really must not be shopping at the right places...or all these flavored vodka are just more popular in NJ.
    good luck!

    Col, only dangerous if I have two...or three. but that will never happen. lol

    Heather, I have tried the clear and this version is WAY better IMHO.

    Beth, the decoration is fun.
    Another option I saw online somewhere was making some stripes on the inside of the glass with chocolate sauce before you pour the drink in...but it might be gilding the lily.

  14. Oh, yum! You really can't go wrong with a chocolate cocktail.

  15. Not ever Sunday can be a Sammy Sunday...

  16. haha, Thank you for making the sacrifice and taste-testing this drink for us :) yummy!

  17. I second Dawn, thanks for ordering this wonderful drink on our behalf!! It looks so easy to make, beats regular chocolate milk anyday! ;)

  18. My husband is a martini guy, but not me. However, I might be able to make an exception for this one:)

  19. Sounds like a fun place to sip one of those fantastic Chocolate Martinis. Those chocolate drinks with alcohol go down way too easy. We sipped something they called a Nestles on the beach in St. Thomas and ended up fried by the sun. Good times!

  20. The chocolate martini looks great. I saved the recipe and I will have to try it sometime.


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