Dessert Martinis

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With National Martini Day just around the corner, we got to thinking—what is the best way to have a martini? Back in 1911, the NYC Knickerbocker Hotel’s head bartender Martini di Arma di Taggia thought it was best to mix up the cocktail with gin, vermouth, orange bitters, and an olive for garnish. Many others agree. Yet, there are those that insist on shaking up a martini with vodka. Gin or vodka, shaken or stirred, dirty or dry—doesn’t matter to us, just make it a dessert! Here are our favorite martini treats that take the traditional recipe to intriguingly sweet heights!


Photo via Inspired by Charm

Tiramisu Martini

1 oz. Coconut rum
1 oz. Frangelico
1 oz. Irish cream
1 oz. Amaretto
1 oz. Kahlua
1/2 oz. Peach schnapps
1/2 oz. Butterscotch schnapps
Maraschino cherry
Chocolate syrup

In a martini glass, add a swirl of chocolate syrup, then garnish with a maraschino cherry. Set aside. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all liquors. Shake vigorously. Strain into the prepared martini glass. Recipe via Inspired by Charm.


Photo via Hungry Couple

S’mores Martini

2 oz. Marshmallow vodka
1 oz. Chocolate liqueur
1 oz. Creme de Cacao
2 oz. Half & half
1 oz. Chocolate, melted
1 Graham cracker
3 Marshmallows

Crush the graham cracker in a bowl. Place the chocolate into a second bowl and microwave for a few seconds until melted. Dip the rim of a martini glass into the chocolate and then into the graham cracker pieces. Refrigerate for a few minutes to set. Add the marshmallow vodka, chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao and cream to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake well and pour into the prepared glass. Toast marshmallows on an open flame for a few of seconds. Thread them onto a cocktail pick and garnish the drink. Recipe via Hungry Couple.