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Popcorn Chocolate Martini (Chocolatini)

Popcorn Chocolate Martini (Chocolatini)

We combined the, now classic, chocolatini with our homemade chocolate popcorn syrup to create a, soon to be classic, popcorn chocolate martini.

We're assuming you don't need much convincing to order a chocolate martini when you see it on a menu. And Valentine's Day is a good excuse to whip up a batch at home, too. It's traditionally a vodka based drink with chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao and Irish cream served in a glass decorated with chocolate syrup. Is it a cocktail or a dessert? Do you drink it before dinner or after? Who cares because it's delicious. Do both, we say!

The drink has been around for quite a few years and the legend goes that it was created by movie stars Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor in 1955. They were filming the movie, Giant, and decided to combine their two favorite things which were chocolate and martinis.

We have no idea if that story is true although, based on a little research, it does seem to be. But we were drinking chocolate martinis while researching so we're not committing to it.

Obviously it's not a real martini which is defined as gin or vodka and vermouth by purists. Or just gin and vermouth by extra purists. We're not taking sides. But the current trend is to call drinks martinis if they're served in martini glasses so that's what we did.

We gave the recipe our own spin by doing a chocolate rim with shaved chocolate, adding whipped cream on top and, most importantly, using our home made chocolate popcorn liqueur. If you've tried our Popcorn Espresso Martini and our Popcorn French 75 recipes then you've seen our popcorn syrup technique. For this drink, we added cocoa powder but the principle is the same. We steep popcorn in the syrup overnight to infuse with flavor. So it's chocolaty and popcorny and fabulous.

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