By Keri Glassman, R.D.
Peppermint Tea Chocolate Martini
This unique combination of flavors is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without packing on the calories during cocktail hour. Using tea in the recipe maintains the rich flavor, adds volume, and can actually help relieve stress, ensuring cocktail hour is really happy hour. Plus, chocolate helps trigger serotonin and endorphins, which help keep you feeling happy, stress-free, and slim!
Chocolate and Citron Cosmopolitan
This twist on the Sex and the City staple will keep your martini thirst quenched. We love this drink because the fruity flavors don’t just add to the taste, but the cranberries also boost our skin’s natural ability to defend itself against the sun’s damaging UV rays (which are still around in the winter!). And, raspberries are loaded with fiber and anticancer power–even a couple of them do the body some good. To set the drink over the edge, the garnish gives you a hint of chocolate without overwhelming your cosmo, turning this summery cocktail into a February favorite.
Spiked And Snug Hot Chocolate
Sometimes there’s nothing like curling up to a nice warm mug of hot chocolate on a cold, snowy night. This grown-up version is perfect for that Saturday night in. The nutmeg and chili powder add a strong dose of flavor with few extra calories, and add bonus antioxidants to rev up calorie burn and immunity. Plus, we can’t forget good ole milk is a great source of calcium, protein, and vitamin D.
There’s nothing like a sparkling glass of champagne to make any occasion feel, well, super special. The pomegranate juice adds a drop of sweetness while being rich in polyphenols, compounds that help blood flow. Dark chocolate is known to lower blood pressure, helping you feel calm as you unwind and, at the same time, celebrate.
Cherry Chocolate Espresso Martini
The combination of chocolate and espresso is the 21st century version of chocolate and peanut butter – it’s the perfect match! This cocktail brings the two together in a seemingly sinful way. Plus, the female sex drive is believed to get a jolt with some java, making this a new go-to martini.
MORE: Check out our guide to all things chocolate including health benefits and the best and WORST kinds to eat!