Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini: Sweet Valentine’s Drink

This chocolate covered cherry martini will remind you of the candy-coated fruit, but in a drinkable, adult beverage form! I love to serve it for Valentine’s Day due to the pink color, but it would also be great for Easter or anytime you’re making something with cherries in it.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

A chocolate covered cherry martini is sweet, candy-like, creamy, and ever so smooth to sip on. It’s got just 5 core ingredients (plus fun garnishes if you like) for a drink that’s not too complicated, but really delicious.

Like most martinis, you’ll need a cocktail shaker for this recipe. But, fear not, if you don’t have one you can just use a mason jar or something similar that you can shake liquids and ice in together.

I’ll also make sure to give you a list of different options for the ingredients, so you can adjust based on what you have on hand or can find at the liquor store. That’s the beauty of drinks; that you can often swap things around and still end up with something delicious!

chocolate covered cherry martini side view with a dark chocolate swirl

For another great Valentine’s Day option, make sure to check out my Love Potion Cocktail too!

Ingredients List

ingredients to make chocolate covered cherry martini
  • 3 ounces cherry vodka (such as UV cherry or Pinnacle)
  • 3 ounces creme de cacao
  • ½ ounce amaretto liquor
  • 1 ounce grenadine
  • 3 ounces half and half or heavy cream
  • Ice cubes

Optional garnishes:

  • Chocolate syrup (like Ghirardelli)
  • Maraschino cherries

Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

  • You can also use black cherry vodka, or plain or vanilla vodka works if you cannot find cherry. In that case, use 2 ounces vodka and 1 ounce cherry liquor
  • Instead of creme de cacao, you can use a chocolate vodka (like Van Gogh or 360 double chocolate), or chocolate liquor like Mozart or Godiva. You can also use white creme de cacao for a lighter pink hue overall
  • The amaretto is technically optional, but I think it helps bring out the cherry flavor. DiSaronno and DeKuyper are some common brands
  • In place of grenadine, you can use maraschino cherry juice, or it may be omitted altogether if you don’t care about the color (UV cherry vodka is red, so that’s also an option)

Step By Step Instructions

  1. To a shaker (or similar), add vodka, creme de cacao, amaretto, grenadine, half and half, and ice cubes
add vodka, creme de cacao, amaretto, grenadine, and half and half to shaker
  1. Shake to combine and chill (about 30 seconds of active shaking)
  2. (Optional) drizzle the inside of your martini glass with chocolate syrup. To do this, hold the syrup bottle inside the glass about ½” below the rim, then squeeze as you rotate the glass by the stem with your other hand
drizzle inside of glasses with chocolate syrup
  1. Strain the shaken mixture into the glass
strain chocolate covered cherry martini into glasses
  1. Garnish with maraschino cherries if desired, and enjoy
overhead view of chocolate covered cherry martini drinks with chocolate and cherries surrounding

More Sweet Martini Variations to Try

Recipe FAQs

Can I Use Fresh Cherries Instead of Cherry Liqueur in the Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini?

Yes, you can use fresh cherries by muddling or pureeing them as a substitute for cherry liqueur.

Adjust the quantity to achieve the desired level of cherry flavor.

How Do I Rim the Glass with Chocolate for an Enhanced Presentation of the Martini?

To rim the glass with chocolate, melt chocolate and dip the glass rim into it, ensuring an even coating.

Allow it to set before pouring in the chocolate covered cherry martini.

Can I Make a Non-Alcoholic Version of the Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini?

To create a non-alcoholic mocktail version of the chocolate cherry martini, use chocolate milk and grenadine or maraschino cherry juice.

You can also add chocolate syrup to plain milk or half and half.

What Garnishes Complement the Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini?

Garnish your martini with chocolate shavings or a maraschino cherry.

For a more unique visual, try a twist of orange peel which adds a hint of citrus as well.

Should I Use Fresh Cherries or Maraschino Cherries as a Garnish for the Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini?

Both options work well as garnishes. Fresh cherries add a natural touch, while maraschino cherries contribute a sweetness and vibrant coloring.

Use your favorite, or go with maraschino if fresh cherries are not in season.

Are There Options for Adjusting the Sweetness Level of the Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini?

Certainly! For a less sweet version, omit the grenadine and skip sweet garnishes like chocolate syrup and cocktail cherries.

For a sweeter version, add maraschino cherry juice or simple syrup to taste.

What Type of Glassware Is Recommended for Serving the Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini?

The chocolate covered cherry martini is traditionally served in a martini glass, whether traditional or stemless.

If you don’t have a martini glass, a champagne coupe, hurricane glass, or milkshake glass are suitable alternatives.

Can I Prepare a Batch of Chocolate Covered Cherry Martinis for a Party in Advance?

Yes, you can mix a batch of chocolate covered cherry martinis in advance and refrigerate in a pitcher.

Add chocolate syrup if desired to individual glasses and garnish with cherries for serving.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • I have 12 ounce martini glasses. If you have a different size (or use a different glass), you may need to adjust the quantities to fit in your specific glass (or share with a friend)!
  • While martini glasses are the classic choice for glassware, you can use a champagne coupe, hurricane glass, milkshake glass, or a similar option if you don’t have martini glasses
  • If you prefer a weaker drink, add more cream or reduce the alcohol amounts to compensate
two glasses filled with chocolate covered cherry martinis and cocktail cherries

Storage and Serving Tips

  • This recipe scales well for parties. You can mix everything ahead of time aside from garnishes and simply store it in a pitcher in the refrigerator
  • When ready to serve, add garnishes like chocolate syrup to individual glasses, fill, and top with cocktail cherries or chocolate shavings if desired

More Chocolate or Cherry Drinks to Try

  • Chocolate Cherry Mule Recipe
  • Cherry French 75
  • Chocolate Cherry Old Fashioned
  • Cherry Spritz Cocktail
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzel Shot
  • Easy Chocolate Old Fashioned

Final Thoughts

This chocolate covered cherry martini is the perfect sweet treat for Valentine’s Day, Easter, and more! It’s a drinkable, adult version of a chocolate covered cherry, which is a classic, candy coated confection, and it’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

With just 5 ingredients (plus ice and any garnishes) it’s a relatively simple cocktail that’s sure to impress. It only takes a few minutes to put together as well, making it great for entertaining or date night.

If you’re looking for more creative recipes to use up your vodka, make sure to check out my collection of Cherry Vodka Drinks for some unique and delicious ideas!

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Easy Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini (With Amaretto)

This chocolate covered cherry martini tastes just like the namesake candy! The pink color and sweet flavor makes it perfect for Valentine’s and Easter!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Servings 1
Calories 855 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Ounces cherry vodka (such as UV or Pinnacle)
  • 3 Ounces crème de cacao
  • ½ Ounce amaretto liquor
  • 1 Ounce grenadine
  • 3 Ounces heavy cream or half and half
  • Ice cubes

Optional Garnishes

  • Chocolate syrup (such as Torani or Ghirardelli)
  • Maraschino cherries

Instructions
 

  • To a shaker (or similar), add vodka, crème de cacao, amaretto, grenadine, half and half, and ice cubes
    3 Ounces cherry vodka, 3 Ounces crème de cacao, ½ Ounce amaretto liquor, 1 Ounce grenadine, 3 Ounces heavy cream or half and half, Ice cubes
  • Shake to combine and chill (about 30 seconds of active shaking)
  • (Optional) drizzle the inside of your martini glass with chocolate syrup. To do this, hold the syrup bottle inside the glass about ½” below the rim, then squeeze as you rotate the glass by the stem with your other hand
    Chocolate syrup
  • Strain the shaken mixture into the glass
  • Garnish with maraschino cherries if desired, and enjoy
    Maraschino cherries

Notes

  • You can also use black cherry vodka, or plain or vanilla vodka works if you cannot find cherry. In that case, use 2 ounces vodka and 1 ounce cherry liquor
  • Instead of crème de cacao, you can use chocolate vodka (like Van Gogh or 360 double chocolate), or chocolate liquor like Mozart or Godiva. You can also use white crème de cacao for a lighter pink hue overall
  • The amaretto is technically optional, but I think it helps bring out the cherry flavor. DiSaronno and DeKuyper are some common brands
  • In place of grenadine, you can use maraschino cherry juice, or it may be omitted altogether if you don’t care about the color (UV cherry vodka is red, so that’s also an option)
  • I have 12 ounce martini glasses. If you have a different size (or use a different glass), you may need to adjust the quantities to fit in your specific glass (or share with a friend)!
  • While martini glasses are the classic choice for glassware, you can use a champagne coupe, hurricane glass, milkshake glass, or a similar option if you don’t have martini glasses
  • If you prefer a weaker drink, add more cream or reduce the alcohol amounts to compensate
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any sauces or garnishes added, size of glass, and actual quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 310.6gCalories: 855kcalCarbohydrates: 99.2gProtein: 2.7gFat: 10.7gSaturated Fat: 6.5gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 2386mgPotassium: 118mgSugar: 70.6gCalcium: 95mg
Keyword cherry flavored cocktails, chocolate covered cherry alcoholic drink, chocolate covered cherry martini, chocolate covered cherry martini with amaretto, chocolate infused cocktails, chocolate liquor mixology, dessert martinis, vodka based cocktails
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Katie Vine