There is something to be said about a fresh blanket of snow that falls around the holidays. It’s pretty, and when I get around the fire, I just feel relaxed and cozy. I understand that we all can’t enjoy the falling snow. But to get into that holiday mindset, snow or no snow, there is something special about this White Chocolate Martini that makes it feel like the holiday season! Topped with dark chocolate shavings, it’s a cocktail that you can sip all winter long! For more holiday cocktails, try my Cranberry Lime Mojito, White Christmas Mojito, or Gingerbread Martini.

White Chocolate Martini

Martinis have evolved so much over the years, from the traditional martini to a dry or dirty martini. The flavors are endless, and this White Chocolate Martini is more of a dessert than a cocktail. (But, don’t be fooled–it’s definitely full of booze!) I love to serve this cold, refreshing drink at a holiday party or any winter gathering. By adding the chocolate shavings, there is no need for another sweet treat.

White Chocolate Martini

White Chocolate Martini Recipe

This creamy cocktail is more of a dessert than anything, but don’t be fooled by its flavor–with all the alcohol in it, the White Chocolate Martini packs a punch!


  • white chocolate liqueur
  • creme de cacao
  • vanilla vodka
  • half-and-half
  • crushed ice
  • dark chocolate shavings

Adding ice and liquor to White Chocolate Martini

How to Make a White Chocolate Martini

To make this White Chocolate Martini, I chose to mix all the ingredients and shake it up before pouring it into the chilled glasses. If you don’t have time to chill your glasses in the refrigerator, it’s not a huge deal. But, if you have the time, it just adds to the theme of the drink.

Anyway, I am going with James Bond for this drink–‘shaken, not stirred’. Some may argue with this, but when you mix all the ingredients together with the ice, the drink will become colder and the shaking will actually dilute the drink a bit. When it comes to taste, it would take more of a martini expert than I am to decide which is better. If you want to really treat your guests (or yourself) don’t forget the chocolate shavings. Just take some chocolate and a vegetable peeler to shave some of that chocolate into your drink.

White Chocolate Martini with Shaved Chocolate on top and chocolate in background

White Chocolate Martini Variations

There really are no options for a non-alcoholic white chocolate martini, but you can substitute the white chocolate liqueur for a chocolate liqueur. You could also forget the half-and-half and simply add chocolate milk. Don’t be afraid to try some decorative chocolate drizzles with some chocolate syrup to add a little pizzazz.

Hand picking up White Chocolate Martini
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White Chocolate Martini

Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Topped with dark chocolate shavings, this White Chocolate Martini is a winter cocktail that is a perfect dessert drink.


  • 3 ounces white chocolate liqueur
  • 3 ounces clear creme de cacao
  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 6 ounces half-and-half
  • 1 bag crushed ice
  • dark chocolate shavings, for garnish


  • Chill your martini glasses in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • In a shaker, combine the white chocolate liqueur, creme do cacao, vanilla vodka, half-and-half, and crushed ice. Shake it for about 30 seconds.
  • Evenly pour the shaken mixture into 4 glasses. Top with chocolate shavings.
  • Serve cold.

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Reader Comments

  1. You can fill empty cocktail glass with ice to chill it if you didn’t refrigerate it. Mix your drink while glass is chilling then simply dump the ice from the glass and fill with your martini!

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