how to make a velvet hammer martini…with vodka

The Velvet Hammer martini is a light creamy drink which is on the sweeter side which makes it ideal as an after dinner drink. The drink is usually served up as a martini, but occasionally you can find it served as a short-ball over ice.

Velvet Hammer seems to be one of those drinks that nobody knows exactly what goes into it. There are a lot of recipes that varies from one another. Different recipes seems to call for different flavors. The only common thing between all the recipes I have found is its profile, which is usually light and creamy with a touch of either Vanilla, Coffee or Orange.

The recipes are so varied that it might actually be better to say that many different drinks have been given the same name: Velvet Hammer. This recipe is one of simplest and is probably also the lightest of them all.


  • 2 shots of Vodka
  • 1 shot of White Creme de Cacao
  • 1 shot of Light Cream


  1. Add ice cubes into a martini shaker
  2. Add 2 shots of Vodka into the shaker
  3. Add 1 shot of White Creme de Cacao into the shaker
  4. Add 1 shot of the cream, preferably light into the shaker
  5. Shake the contents of shaker for several minutes in order to work up a foam
  6. Strain the contents of the shaker into a chilled martini glass
  7. Remember to top of the glass with the foam in the shaker

Velvet Hammer Drink

Variations and Similar Drinks

The following are similar drinks to the Velvet Hammer, mostly because they are creamy and sweet and often served as an after dinner drink.

Mudslide: An after dinner short-ball drink made with Vodka, Irish Cream and Kahlua.
White Russian: A drink made with Vodka, Kahlua and Cream. The drink is layered in a short-ball and not to be served as a martini.
B-52: Made with Grand Mariner, Bailey’s Irish Cream and Kahlua.


  • Some recipes also call for 1/2 shot of Kahlua or coffee liqueur to added. This gives the drink a coffee flavor and also darkens the drink in color.
  • You can substitute Vodka with Orange flavored Vodka such as Grey Goose L’Orange to get an orange flavor.
  • Another flavor profile for the drink is Vanilla, you could use vanilla vodka if you prefer the vanilla flavor for the drink.
  • You can also try with a heavy cream instead of the light cream, if you prefer your drink to creamier and thicker. This is usually better when served over ice.