Delicious Chocolate Martini (make it Dairy Free too!)

Chocolate Martini: like dessert in a glass (with a kick)!

how to make a chocolate martini gluten free

This delicious Chocolate Martini recipe is one of our all-time favorites. It’s gluten-free of course, and it’s easy to make it dairy-free too. You can double the recipe in a standard cocktail shaker, and you probably should, because you’ll want to share it with someone you like a whole lot. Or you’ll want another one for yourself.

This recipe calls for both coffee flavored liqueur and chocolate liqueur, so you’ll want to choose options that you know are gluten-free. Standard Kahlua is safe, and most Crème de Cacao is safe as well. You can also make your own chocolate liqueur or Kahlua if you’re feeling industrious.

Making You Own Coffee Liqueur or Kahlua:

how to make kahluaYou can make your own Kahlua, it’s actually pretty simple. If you know how to make simple syrup, you can make coffee liqueur.

You’ll need: 1 cup water, 2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup instant coffee, to make a syrup, then 2 tablespoons vanilla or vanilla bean paste and 2 cups vodka.

Combine water and sugar in a heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves and liquid becomes clear, then turn the heat off and stir in the instant coffee. Let the syrup cool completely. Add the vodka, vanilla and cooled syrup to a container with a tight lid (I use a big glass jar) and stir to combine. Stow it in the fridge for up to two weeks.

There are lots of good instant coffees available. I like Medaglia de Oro, Cafe Bustelo or Starbucks.

Making Your Chocolate Martini Dairy Free:

dairy free chocolate martiniOf course, you’ll want to swap out the half and half for a dairy free option. I like plain coconut milk coffee creamer or coconut based half and half, both of which are usually in my fridge. Almond milk or soy milk will also work, or an almond based creamer – I recommend an unsweetened version or vanilla flavored. You should also be aware that while store-bought Kahlua is gluten-free, it’s not dairy-free. So you’ll need to use a coffee flavored liqueur that is DF, or add some instant coffee granules and a splash of simple syrup to 1 ounce of vodka instead.

If you love chocolate half as much as I do, try these Financiers With Dark Chocolate Ganache – it’s a recipe from my friend Cupcake Wars winner Kyra Bussanich.

Martini fans should check out this Tangerine Martini from my friend Alison too!

how to make a chocolate martini gluten free
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Chocolate Martini

This Chocolate Martini recipe is rich and delicious. You can make it dairy-free easily too. We even included a recipe for making your own Kahlua.
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: alcohol recipes, chocolate recipes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 267kcal
Author: K.C. Cornwell


  • cocktail shaker


  • 1.5 oz. coffee flavored liqueur like Kahlua
  • 1 oz. chocolate flavored liqueur like Crème de Cacao
  • 1.5 oz. half & half or coconut, almond or soy based substitute
  • ice
  • chocolate shavings optional


  • Add drink ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake to blend.
  • Strain cocktail into chilled martini glass.
  • Top with chocolate shavings if desired, and serve.



This cocktail is also delicious served on the rocks!


Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 55mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 151IU | Calcium: 45mg

Photos: Meg van der Kruik – she makes a mean Classic Dirty Martini.

 I mean, who doesn’t want one of these?!?


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