5 Tips To Concoct Peppermint Chocolate Martini, Plus A Recipe
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Peppermint chocolate martini is a delightfully effervescent beverage that combines peppermint-flavoured sweet treats, including candy and marshmallows with chocolate and vodka. The drink is typically associated with the festive season of Christmas; however, it’s always a good time to enjoy a delicious glass of martini! Moreover, peppermint and chocolate are quite classic flavours. Being versatile, they work well together for all sorts of occasions and special events, regardless of the time of the year.

Composed of only five main ingredients, this decadent and satisfying drink can be whipped up in nearly 5 minutes! Although the drink is quick and easy to concoct due to the use of minimal ingredients, it can be quite challenging to master, even for the most experienced mixologists and bartenders. One must keep in mind several factors while making the beverage, including the quality of the ingredients used as well as the type of glass chosen.

Here are 5 essential tips to enable you to craft the perfect glass of homemade peppermint chocolate martini.

Think About The Mixing Method

In mixology, there are two basic mixing methods—shaking and stirring. While shaking causes the drink to assume a cloudy and a frothy texture, stirring results in a velvety and lumps-free drink. Decide whether you want your beverage to have a bubbly or a wrinkle-free texture, and implement the mixing method accordingly. The stirring method is recommended for peppermint chocolate martini as the drink is best enjoyed smooth and ruffle-free.

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Analyse The Quality Of The Ingredients

Cheap, low-quality, or badly matched ingredients can literally the ruin taste and feel of a drink. Therefore, it’s preferable to invest in tried-and-tested premium quality ingredients. When it comes to the peppermint chocolate martini, opt for a premium brand of vodka as the spirit is one of the hero ingredients of the drink. The use of a high quality vodka is guaranteed to elevate the taste of the martini and help create an unforgettable experience for the drinker.

Pay Close Attention To Glass Selection

Although it’s quite often overlooked, glass selection plays an important role in either enhancing or diluting the taste and flavour of a given drink. Generally, it’s believed that a wider glass contributes to accentuating the essence of a beverage. That’s why for your homemade peppermint chocolate martini, select a martini glass with a wider mouth; this will enhance oxygen intake with each sip, which will help in breathing as well as allow you to fully enjoy the intensity of flavours the drink has to offer.

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Give Thought To Rimming Techniques

Rimming techniques are becoming increasingly popular in the world of mixology as they help enhance the visual quality of a drink. For peppermint chocolate martini, a crushed candy canes or a colourful marshmallows rim can help add a hint of vibrancy and playfulness to the drink. Similarly, you can also innovate with chocolate; try rimming the glass in a melted chocolate for a sinful, luscious, and chocolatey experience.

Innovate Customisation Ideas

Being a versatile drink, the peppermint chocolate martini is highly customisable. Have fun with this element of the drink and customise as much as you like. For instance, for a white chocolate-based peppermint martini, white chocolate liqueur, colourless crème de la cocoa, and a white chocolate garnish can be integrated to give the drink a striking white texture and appearance. It’s also recommended to skip peppermint schnapps and use nutty amaretto instead.

Now, check out a simple recipe for classic homemade peppermint chocolate martini.

Peppermint Chocolate Martini: Recipe

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30 ml vodka

28 ml crème de la cocoa

60 ml chocolate liqueur

15 ml peppermint schnapps

Some chopped or shaved chocolate, for rimming

2 candy canes, one of them crushed, for garnish and rimming


Step 1

Melt chocolate and douse the rim of the glass in the melted chocolate. Subsequently, coat the rim in crushed candy cane, and freeze the glass for a few minutes.

Step 2

In a cocktail shaker, mix vodka, crème de la cocoa, chocolate liqueur, peppermint schnapps, and chocolate syrup; add ice. Shake the concoction thoroughly until it becomes chilled.

Step 3

Once the concoction has melded to a satisfactory degree, pour it in the prepared martini glass. You can top off the drink with a candy cane for visual appeal. Enjoy!