Rich and chocolaty with a kick! This creamy Chocolate Red Hot Martini has a hint of cinnamon for a Valentine’s Day favorite!
I have been a long time fan of the cinnamon and chocolate flavor combination for years! You may be most familiar with it in Mexican chocolate recipes – like these Mexican cookies. This Chocolate Red Hot Martini is a riff on those flavors. Spicy cinnamon and chocolate combine with a cream base for a martini that’s dangerously easy to drink.
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I came across some chocolate vodka the other day and starting scheming of a way that I could make a chocolate cinnamon martini. Yes, I know there are cinnamon flavored liquors out there. However, if you’re familiar with the ones on the store shelf, you also probably know those are pretty hardcore. AKA Firewater. AKA OMG it burns! I thought why not infuse vodka by dumping some Red Hot cinnamon candies? Not only do you get a fabulous tasty cinnamon vodka, but it also turns to such a pretty red color.
Tips for Making a Red Hot Martini
- You want to use chocolate flavored vodka, not creme de cocoa. The sugar concentration and flavor profile of each is different. You want the vodka. It’s better for this recipe.
- Do not use hot tamales instead of red hots. There are a couple different companies that make the red hot cinnamon candies. The hot tamales have a gummy, chewy center. They won’t dissolve the same in the vodka and have these weird gooey clumps. It’s not pretty. Get the hard candies.
- You’ll have extra red hot infused vodka. You can use it to make more martinis, use it for jello shots, and even soak cherries in it to make drunken cherries.
You can leave your martini glasses as is, or you can get a little bartender fancy and score some presentation points. Grab some good quality, thick chocolate syrup. I like Ghiradelli premium chocolate sauce. I find the Hershey’s syrup you buy for chocolate milk runs too easily. The Ghiradelli sauce will stick to the glass. Squeeze a little around in a swirly pattern or spiral it around the glass. After you shake the martini strain it into the center of the glass so you don’t disturb the chocolate. Boom. Done. So pretty!
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Red Hot Vodka
- 1/4 cup red hot cinnamon candies, (NOT hot tamales candies)
- 1 cup good vodka
- 3 ounces chocolate vodka
- 1 ounce Red Hot infused vodka
- 2/3 cup half-n-half
- 1 tablespoon chocolate sauce, plus more for decorating
Red Hot Vodka
- Add red hots candies and vodka to a 1-pint mason jar. Cover with lids and close tightly. Give a shake. Allow the vodka to sit for 24 hours, shaking the jar 3-4 times, or until the red hots have completely dissolved.
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full of ice. Add the chocolate vodka, red hots infused vodka, half-n-half, and chocolate syrup. Close shaker and shake for 30 seconds.
- Strain into 2 martinis glasses. Serve immediately
- If you want to dress up your glasses, drizzle chocolate syrup around the inside of the glass before pouring in the cocktail. Pour into the center of the glass to preserve the syrup on the sides. A thicker chocolate syrup like Ghiradelli premium chocolate sauce works best for this.
- You can use whatever brand red hots cinnamon candies you can find. DO NOT use Hot Tamales candies. They have a gummy center that will not dissolve and it'll make your vodka all weird.