Mini Martini is a tiny taste of chocolate and raspberry

I’ve discovered another use for the fancy bottle of Chambord I have in my cupboard. I made a trip to the liquor store several months ago to buy a bottle of the raspberry liqueur made in France. The bottle has a unique round shape with a top that looks like a crown and the purchase price is not inexpensive. But, I really needed this specific liqueur to make Chambord brownies, a recipe that came from my friend, Ann. They are shamefully rich and sinfully delicious — perfect for Valentine’s Day.

I pulled the bottle of ruby red Chambord from the cupboard again, recently, when I made Chocolate and Raspberry Cream Tarts — another Valentine treat that will delight your sweetheart.

Tonight, I’ll be pulling not only Chambord from my cupboard, but also a bottle of chocolate vodka. My Cookbook Club friends are coming over. Normally a wine-drinking group of women, tonight I will also be offering tiny tastes of Chocolate Raspberry Martini.

Last December I watched the Lunds and Byerly’s Wine and Spirits Manager, Jason Newell, make some holiday drinks on a KARE 11 Saturday morning segment. He made a martini using chocolate vodka and pomegranate liqueur.

Why not chocolate vodka and Chambord? These martinis provide a nice sipper at the end of a meal. I’ve served them with Chocolate and Raspberry Cream Tarts. I’ve served them with creamy chocolate truffles. I’ve served them all by themselves. Always good.

I’ll be offering tiny tastes in pretty little liqueur glasses tonight. A chewy raspberry candy will set on the rim of each glass. Sometimes I’ve dropped one fresh raspberry into each glass before serving. I like to give the martini glasses time in the freezer so they are frosty when I serve the drinks. I’ll do the same with the tiny glasses for tonight’s get-together.

Chocolate Raspberry Martinis are a fun, frivolous way to use up some Chambord.

Chocolate Raspberry Martini

  • 1/2 ounce Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces Chocolate Vodka
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 chewy heart-shaped candy (I found some at my local chocolate shop)

Pour raspberry liqueur into a chilled martini glass. Shake vodka vigorously in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Strain vodka over liqueur. Cut a slit in candy heart. Push onto rim of the martini glass.

Makes 1 martini.

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