Have you ever tried a S’mores Martini? It’s a chocolate martini recipe that reminds you of toasting marshmallows over a campfire and making s’mores.
This chocolate martini is fun to serve in the winter for Christmas or New Year’s Eve or as a romantic chocolate cocktail for Valentine’s Day. Either way, it’s a little taste of summer during those cold summer months!
Normally, a s’mores martini is made with a chocolate liquor called Adult Chocolate Milk, a blend of shelf stable chocolate milk and vodka.
It’s a delicious but pricey bottle since it retails for about $20 or so. It’s also a bit hard to find unless you have a good wine and spirits store that stocks a wide variety of liquors.
In addition, Adult Chocolate Milk isn’t dairy free, which means many of us can’t enjoy this yummy chocolate martini. So I’ve come up with an alternative diet friendly recipe that you’ll love featuring marshmallow vodka and creamy coconut milks!
A s’mores martini that’s dairy free and gluten free
I’ve also made this smores martini recipe gluten free by using gluten free animal crackers. You can also use gluten free graham crackers, of course. Either will work! (My grocery store usually has gluten free animal crackers for kids, but doesn’t always stock GF graham crackers.)
While you’d think that marshmallows are gluten free, since they’re mostly made of sugar, some marshmallow brands may have a starch that has gluten in it. So, as always, check the label.
Jet-Puffed (Kraft) marshmallows are gluten free, as are many brands made by Doumak such as Campfire and Walmart’s store brand.
More chocolate martini ingredients
What makes this chocolate martini special are two ingredients. The first is the marshmallow vodka.
I like SMIRNOFF Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka. Pinnacle, a French vodka company, used to make a marshmallow vodka, but I don’t think they produce it anymore.
The other chocolate martini ingredient that you must use is the chocolate syrup. It’s used to decorate the martini glass more than flavor the coconut milks. (No need to since you’re using an already flavored chocolate coconut milk.)
To reduce the calories a bit, I used a lite chocolate syrup. If you don’t care about calories, use a regular chocolate syrup in your smores martini. Remember: if you are avoiding dairy, check the label for any milk based ingredients.
If you want to further reduce some calories or make it less boozy, just reduce the amount of alcohol to 1/4 cup, which should taste just fine.
Remember enjoying a S’mores Martini is a 21+ indulgence! While super fun, it's not a kids' drink.
I just hope by making it dairy free and gluten free, you won’t have a tummy ache afterwards that would ruin all the fun during the holidays!
Looking for more dairy free chocolate recipes? Try this Easy Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue.
- Place the crackers in a ziplock baggie and crush with a rolling pin until crushed fine. (You could also do this in a mini-food processor.) Place crushed crackers on a small plate. Put 3 tablespoons of the chocolate syrup on another small plate. (Plates should be large enough to fit the rim of your martini glasses!)
- Dip the rims of the martini glasses in the chocolate syrup. Then dip the rims into the cracker crumbs. Quickly turn the martini glasses right side up and drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup into a spiral design on the insides of the glasses. (This is a bit tricky. Just twirl and try to make any sort of design you can. If you want, practice first on another glass.) Put the glasses in the freezer for 1 hour to let the chocolate harden.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, the marshmallow vodka, the chocolate coconut milk, and the unsweetened coconut milk. Shake well. Remove the glasses from the freezer. Strain half the mixture into one of the glasses and half into the other.
- Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Put a marshmallow on the end of a skewer or fondue fork. Place the marshmallow facing down on the skillet until it turns golden, about 20-30 seconds. The top will melt a bit and the marshmallow will be shaped a bit like a mushroom. (If you find that the top of the marshmallow is sticking to the skillet when you remove it, your skillet isn’t hot enough!) Remove the skewered marshmallows from the pan and, using the tines of a fork, push the marshmallow into the martini glass. Repeat so there are two marshmallows per glass.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Serving size: 1 cocktail
Originally published on November 25, 2014. Updated with new pictures and information.