This Valentine’s cocktail recipe comes from Liz Harris of Floating Kitchen. Tart Harry & David cherry syrup combines with sweet dark chocolate liqueur for a decadent drink that’ll show the love!

I’ve always believed in the phrase “food is love.” I grew up hearing those words spoken around my house, and since I love to cook I now live my life by that sentiment. There is no better way to show someone you love them than by preparing and sharing a home-cooked meal with them.

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Today, I’m extending that phrase to also include cocktails! If you’re ready to embrace my new mantra, “cocktails are love,” then you’re ready to check out these sweet chocolate-covered cherry martinis.

These decadent martinis were inspired by one of my favorite treats: Harry & David’s Chocolate-Covered Maraschino Cherries. Vodka, dark chocolate liqueur, heavy cream, and Harry & David’s Tart Cherry Syrup combine into an easy yet impressive cocktail that’s reminiscent of those delicious chocolate cherries. It will knock the socks off your sweetheart! And with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it would be the perfect martini to kick off a date night at home.

Making the Cherry Martinis

The tart cherry syrup is what gives these cocktails all their delicious cherry flavor. It also turns them a very light “blushing” shade of pink. The pink color makes them oh so festive for Valentine’s Day! The syrup isn’t cloyingly sweet, so it keeps these cocktails well balanced. It’s a great ingredient to keep both in your pantry (it’s delicious drizzled on pancakes or yogurt) and on your bar cart.

valentine's cocktail with tart cherry syrup

To make these cherry martinis, simply add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice, shake to combine, and then strain them into two glasses. Don’t have a shaker? You can use a mason jar filled partway with ice and strain the martinis into your glasses through a mesh strainer.


For extra festive flair, drizzle the glasses with chocolate syrup beforehand. And don’t forget to top them off with a few maraschino cherries! It really makes these cocktails feel extra festive.

If you want to experiment even more with these martinis, they’re easy to customize. Try using white chocolate liqueur or coffee liqueur in place of the dark chocolate liqueur. You can also use coconut milk in place of the heavy cream for a subtle tropical undertone. Have fun with them!

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Martinis

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Ingredients:

For the Martinis:

  • 6 ounces vodka
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate liqueur
  • 3 ounces heavy cream
  • 3 ounces Harry & David’s Tart Cherry Syrup

For Garnish:

  • Chocolate syrup
  • Maraschino cherries

Instructions: 

  • Fill your shaker about one-third of the way with ice.
  • Add all of the ingredients for the martinis to your shaker.
  • Cover and shake until well combined and chilled, about 10-20 seconds.
  • Squeeze a ribbon of chocolate syrup around the inside of your glasses.
  • Strain the martini mixture into your prepared glasses, dividing it evenly between the two glasses.
  • Garnish each with maraschino cherries. Enjoy immediately.
Author

Liz is the creator and owner of Floating Kitchen, a recipe and photography website where she shares both sweet and savory dishes. She loves to create recipes based on seasonal inspiration from the fruits and vegetables that grow at her family's produce farm. When she's not in her kitchen, she loves walking the nearby beaches and going out for ice cream!

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