Sweet Basil + Chocolate Martini

Sweet basil and chocolate may seem like an unlikely combination. Nothing could be further from the truth. I implore you to try this cocktail and discover what a natural compliment they are to each other. Unlike most chocolate cocktails, this one is not too sweet and if prepared are suggested, has a wonderful, velvety texture. It can be served before dinner but it makes a wonderful after dinner drink, too.

Yields: 2 servings    Time: About .5hr


    • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
    • 8 ounces water, boiling
    • 12-16 fresh sweet basil leaves (or if you prefer, fresh mint!)
    • 3 ounces top shelf vodka, such as Hangar One
    • ice cubes
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • sprig of fresh basil leaves for garnish


          1. Muddle the basil in a cocktail shaker or pint glass.

          2. Add the chocolate and boiling water. Stir until the chocolate has melted and let cool to room temperature.

          3. Add the vodka and ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glasses.

          4. Garnish with fresh basil and serve immediately.

          5. You can double, triple or quadruple this recipe and make it in advance if you’re entertaining a large group. Simply make the hot chocolate-basil base in a pitcher or blender and refrigerate until ready to use. Make sure you strain out the basil before serving!