Chocolate martinis have gotten a bad rap since the cocktail renaissance reintroduced classic cocktails in the 2000s. All that Hershey chocolate syrup and cream did it no favors, and it went the way of the Appletini. But thanks to Terrine’s Ryan Wainwright that stomache of a cocktail has been reborn as an instant classic. The barman created an adult version of the formerly saccharine drink in celebration of Valentine’s Day. And it’s clean, chocolatey, but balanced.
“My True Chocolate Martini is a play on a Fifty-Fifty and has Wheatley Vodka, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, Blanc Crème de Cacao and orange bitters,” he explains. The wheat-based vodka is bright and dry while the sweeter blanc vermouth has enough body to meld with the creme de cacao. And the result is a clear drink with deep chocolate flavors. But the cocktail’s piece de resistance is the housemade chocolate truffle dropped at the bottom of the Nick and Nora glass, making an already awesome experience all the more so. “I wanted a chocolate bonbon as the ‘olive’ in the drink and I wanted it to be broad on the palate—not sweet or decadent.”
Warning, however, it’s so addictive and smooth, you won’t stop at just one.
But to sate your chocolate lust or seduce your intended Valentine, Wainwright shared his recipe below. Or if you’d rather have the bartender make it for you, ask for it at Terrine on V-Day.
True Chocolate Martini
by Ryan Wainwright, Terrine
1.5 oz. Wheatley Vodka
1 oz. Dolin Blanc Vermouth
0.5 oz. Giffard Blanc Crème de Cacao
1 dash Regans Orange Bitters
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass. Stir and then strain into a coupe or Nick and Nora glass. Express an orange twist and discard the twist. Place a chocolate truffle at the bottom of the glass. If you don’t have access to your own handmade chocolates, Wainwright recommends dropping a milk chocolate truffle in the glass. “Milk chocolate, nothing inside. Just crusted milk chocolate.”