Shaken, not stirred, but it just might rock your world. The typically dry martini gets a sweet upgrade that tastes like a rich chocolate dessert in a glass. Devilishly decadent whether you dress it up or down, it’s the easiest mixed drink you’ll ever pull off the bar. Really wow your guests with this indulgent treat, especially when you tell them it’s dairy-free and 100% vegan! For chocolate cravings that coincide with cocktail hour, there’s simply nothing better.
Imagine thick hot chocolate, chilled down to an icy, refreshing temperature with an intoxicating twist, and you’ll get an idea of what to expect. Pull out your nicest glasses and get ready to raise a toast in minutes; though the flavors are complex, the recipe isn’t!
Double up for a crowd or cut the recipe in half for one. No matter how many servings you want, this simple formula can accommodate in a snap.
It only takes three essential ingredients to mix up this luscious treat. To really take it over the top, there are plenty of optional garnished you could add for extra aesthetic appeal, too.
Vegan chocolate liqueur? Oh yes, friends! Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur is 100% vegan! Made without cream and proudly vegan, this handcrafted spirit has notes of bitter chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and the subtly smoky, herbal notes of whole cacao beans. It could be an incredible shot over ice all by itself, but really comes alive as a mixer in all sorts of spiked drinks.
While you can use any vodka in this recipe, we chose Koskenkorva because they are a sustainable distillery. They use regenerative farming methods and have won many awards, including a Green Company award! It’s also available all around the world. Fermented barley is the base for this sustainable vodka, dedicated to reusing, recycling, and fighting climate change.
Lightening the blend with a creamy finish, any non-dairy milk will do, but soy has the best body and most protein.
To decorate the glasses, a drizzle of chocolate adds instant appeal and create a perfectly Instagram-able aesthetic. Either melt down semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave or use ready-made vegan chocolate syrup for an instant fix.
Crowned with a fluffy cloud of plant-based whipped cream, this topper is the ultimate accoutrement for almost any dessert. Make your own by whipping coconut cream with a touch of sugar or grab a store-bought option in the form of aerosol cans of almond or coconut milk, or frozen whipped topping made from a coconut base. Always check labels to make sure it’s fully vegan.
Nothing beats a bit of textural contrast to make a simple sipper even more satisfying. Mini chocolate chips, finely chopped chocolate chunks, or whimsical chocolate sprinkles make this treat seem more substantial. A light dusting of cocoa powder is also a nice finishing touch, if only for looks.
Chocolate is already one of the greatest taste sensations on earth, but if you want a tasty change of pace, the possibilities are endless when it comes to flavor variations.
Mint: Fresh and invigorating, nothing lightens up a rich chocolate treat like peppermint or spearmint! Add a few drops of your favorite extract for a quick infusion or garnish the rim of the glass with crushed candy canes for a seasonal treat.
Orange: Get zesty with a bold punch of citrus. Use a microplane to shave off a small amount of the peel from the fruit and mix it in the shaker with the rest of the ingredients.
Mocha: Talk about a drink with serious perks. Blend 1⁄2 – 1 teaspoon of instant coffee powder for an eye- opening taste any time of day.
If you’re new to the world of mixology, don’t worry. This isn’t rocket science and you can easily master this basic technique. The point of shaking versus stirring is to help aerate, emulsify, and integrate ingredients, rather than just blending them. This creates a more velvety texture without dilution.
While the exact origin of the martini is unknown, and highly disputed to this day, one of the most popular theories is that it began in the town of Martinez, California, in the days of the gold rush.
Legend has it that in the mid-1800s, a newly rich miner wanted to celebrate his new fortune with champagne, but there was none to be found. Instead, the bartender whipped up a concoction of gin, vermouth, bitters, maraschino liqueur, and a slice of lemon. How this combination was supposed to stand in for light, effervescent sparkling wine, we may never know, but the world has been enamored ever since.
Martinis were especially popular in the Mad Men era of the 1950’s and 60’s, though this classic cocktail will never go out of style. Endless variations on the concept exist; now, pretty much anything poured into the shapely, triangular martini glass can assume the title, no matter what flavors or spirits are involved.
This vegan chocolate cocktail recipe was developed and photographed by Michelle Cehn for World of Vegan, all rights reserved. Please note that this post was sponsored by Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur / Marussia Beverages / Koskenkorva Vodka. Please drink responsibly! This article may include affiliate links when available which supports our work at World of Vegan.