Chocolate-ginger martini with cayenne-spiked rim

Chocolate-ginger martini with cayenne-spiked rim

Don’t think this martini is going to be syrupy-sweet! It’s off-dry – intensely flavorful, luscious and only sweet enough to be impossibly decadent.

The dark chocolate cayenne-spiked rim brings a touch of spicy heat, making you want to take each sip from a new spot on the rim (at least that’s what my husband, Marc, does eagerly every time I hand him one of these!) – and the ginger liqueur and lemon bitters make this cocktail taste as exotic as it looks.

To complete the experience, serve them with these chocolate madeleines. They too are sweetened with restraint, so the pair could even be served before dinner.

Dark chocolate

Chocolate-ginger martini with cayenne-spiked rim

serves 1
active time: 15 min

For the chocolate rim

  1. 2 oz (55 g) semisweet chocolate – cut in small chunks (preferably Callebaut, Scharffen Berger or Valhrona)
  2. 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne

For the martini

  1. 1 1/2 oz (45 ml) vodka
  2. 1 oz (30 ml) Godiva original chocolate liqueur
  3. 1/2 oz (15 ml) Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  4. 2 dashes lemon bitters
  5. lemon twist as garnish

  1. Step 1: Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over gently simmering water, stirring constantly until smooth. Add the cayenne and stir until well incorporated. Pour the chocolate on a flat surface (the back of a plate or baking tray works well) and spread into an 8″ circle, about 1/8″ thick. Let the chocolate cool for 5 minutes, so that it is warm, but not hot. Press the rim of the martini glass into the warm chocolate. Place the glass in the freezer until set, about 10 minutes.
  2. Cook’s note: When pressing the glass into the warm chocolate, tip and rotate the rim so as not to create a suction-cup effect. This recipe makes enough melted chocolate for two dozen chocolate-rimmed glasses. The glasses can be prepared and kept in the freezer of refrigerator up to 12 hours ahead.
  3. Step 2: Shake the vodka, liqueurs and bitters with large ice cubes until shaker is frosted, and strain into the chocolate-rimmed chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon and serve immediately.

Chocolate-ginger martini with cayenne-spiked rim

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  • Reply mjskit February 14, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    I’m afraid these might go down way too easy! What a tasty and delicious cocktail!

  • Reply Jacques Black February 12, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    wow, looks great!

  • Reply Angie@Angie's Recipes February 11, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Another stunner, Viviane. Really love the 2nd photo.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Reply mjskit February 10, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Amazing martini! Love the drink itself, but the spicy chocolate rim is ingenious!! Another one of those ideas that I have to try to “amaze” my friends! 🙂

  • Reply Donna Ford February 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Looks delicious Viviane! I clicked onto the link for Marc and I see he has a big show tonight. You both have a great night and Cheers to you both! 🙂 XO

    • Reply Viviane February 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you Donna! Wish you could be here with us… XOXO

  • Reply Dave at eRecipeCards August 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Do you take requests… Dave here, guru for

    I am in love with this rim. Not sure if I can find the ginger booze, but going to try, It all sound wonderful.

    Would you consider posting this to eRecipecards… i have a project that this would fit PERFECT For!


  • Reply Lori Lynn March 6, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Hi Viviane – we just made some chocolate ginger pots de creme so your martini recipe sure caught my eye. Love the rim, and that it’s not too sweet.

  • Reply Tiffany February 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    This sweet and spicy combo sounds wonderful!

  • Reply Gwen~healthymammas February 18, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I could definatly go for one of these! love spicy.

  • Reply Sandra February 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Wow, this is an amazing drink. Can’t wait to try it. Very creative!

  • Reply Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 13, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I’ve been seeing a lot of chocolates with spices like cayenne added to them recently, I love how you’ve incorporated that idea into a drink!

  • Reply Donna Baier Stein February 11, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    wish i had one of these and a chocolate madeleine right now – these sound delicious! will save the recipes to try … thank you!

    • Reply Viviane February 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      Donna! Thank you for your comment. It is so nice to see you here… I’m making a batch of these tonight to serve to friends… I wish you were here!

    Question or comment? I'd love to hear from you!