A Candy Cane Martini is a festive and delicious holiday cocktail that is perfect for any Christmas gathering. This holiday cocktail was created by Jassyy Davis and was published in her book "Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails For Autumn & Winter". The bright red and white colors of the candy cane give this drink a unique, eye-catching look. Made with vanilla vodka, sweet peppermint schnapps, and white crème de cacao, this drink combines all the classic flavors of Christmas into one delicious sip. The traditional recipe calls for the vodka, schnapps, and crème de cacao to be shaken together in a shaker with ice until cold, then strained into a chilled martini glass.
But there are so many variations on how to make this tasty sweet-and-minty cocktail that it can easily become your signature winter drink. Add crushed peppermint candy to the rim with water or light corn syrup to make your Candy Cane Martini stand out. Garnish with peppermint candy that adds a breathtaking gradient effect when dissolved into the cocktail.
- 1 ¼ ounces vanilla vodka
- 1 ¼ ounces white crème de cacao
- ¾ ounce peppermint schnapps
- Garnish: peppermint candy
Note: Due to the mint and sweet flavor this peppermint cocktail contains, it is best not to pair it with salty foods. Instead, combine it with desserts after your holiday meal.
Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 0 minutes | Servings: 1 drink
- Combine vanilla vodka, sweet peppermint schnapps, and white crème de cacao in a cocktail shaker.
- Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and shake the mixture until cold.
- Rim the martini glass with crushed peppermint candy with water or light corn syrup.
- Pour into the chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with peppermint candy.
Tools & Equipment
To perfectly blend, chill, and pour the candy cane martini - a gold-plated cobbler shaker is used. The premium stainless steel construction allows you to continuously mix cocktails without losing its pristine appearance. Plus, this shaker is highly durable and prevents any potential leakage while mixing your holiday martini. The holidays are all about the shine, which makes the gold-plated finish of this shaker more than ideal to complement your Christmas decor. To use fewer supplies, the top of this cocktail shaker has a built-in strainer to serve your Christmas alcoholic drink with ease and obtain a smooth texture.
It is essential to accurately measure the flavors of peppermint, chocolate, and vanilla when crafting this cocktail. To do so, a gold-plated jigger is used in this recipe to get the perfect amount of flavor in your candy cane drink. This elegant bar tool features a double-side construction to easily switch between 1- or 2-ounce measurements. With a tall and narrow design, this jigger securely holds liquids inside. The gold-plated design additionally adds a touch of glamour to your Christmas events. Remember, it is best to handwash only to maintain its sleek look.
Expertly flaunt your candy cane martini with a 5-ounce cocktail martini glass. The exceptional clarity of this martini glass is great for showcasing the gradient your peppermint garnish provides when dissolved. The premium machine-blown crystal construction makes this martini glass durable to easily withstand dishwasher use. To exceptionally decorate your rim with crushed peppermint candy, this martini glass has a laser-cut rim to elevate your guests' drinking experience. This martini glass is lead-free and chip-resistant to last you a long time and not harm guests.
All in all, the candy cane martini is an excellent way to celebrate the holidays in style. Its deliciously sweet flavor profile and striking presentation make for an unforgettable drink that your friends and family will love. Serve it after dinner or during your next festive gathering, just be sure to have plenty on hand.