A delicious Christmas cocktail recipe, this Peppermint Martini is super festive with it’s candy cane rim and peppermint swirl. It’s such a fun option for your Christmas Party menu.
Peppermint Martini Recipe
I think it’s pretty established by now that I love a good theme.
The thought of serving a plain cocktail or mixed drink at a Christmas party is one of the most grave party crimes I can think of. I mean, I understand that not everyone wants to theme their decor or food offerings, but what could be easier to theme than a cocktail?
Plus, when your guest opts for a cocktail, it’s usually a pretty good indication that they are having a good time – so why not take it up a notch and give them something fun and festive!
The inspiration for this candy cane cocktail is a traditional White Russian – cream and vodka, but now with a peppermint twist!
I will be offering this candy cane cocktail as an alternative to my mulled wine which will also be on hand. I think it covers two bases and the drinks are so different so they will be perfect for guests with different preferences. I’m also adding in my sugar plum whiskey smash for good measure, for those who want brown liquor or a traditional(ish) mixed drink.
The candy cane martini is sweet, creamy, and vodka-based while my mulled wine is sweet, spicy and – of course – served hot. The sugar plum cocktail is sweet but carbonated and not everyone enjoys whiskey, so this really ensures there is something for everyone.
Make serving these cocktails at your party even easier by preparing the candy cane rims in advance or at least having two bowls (one with water or corn syrup and one with crushed peppermints) ready at your drink making station.
Peppermint Martini Ingredients
- Peppermint Vodka
- Half and Half Cream
- Crushed Peppermint Candies
- Red gel icing (small tube)
- Corn syrup or water
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: you can also use chocolate to adhere the candy cane bits to the rim of your glass.
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Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Cocktail shaker
- Liquid Measure
- Cocktail strainer
- Kitchen Mallet
- Martini Glass
I really loved using my gorgeous Omishome Bartending Kit to make this recipe. The pretty bamboo holder contains all of the tools you need to make perfect cocktails, and those pretty gold tools add a touch of class to your home bar set-up.
How to Make a Peppermint Martini
Crush your peppermint candies – I placed mine in a zip bag and crushed them with a kitchen mallet, but a rolling pin or mortar and pestle would work just as well.
Place the crushed candies in a shallow bowl wide enough to insert your martini glass in.
Carefully run the corn syrup along the edge of your martini glass – alternatively, you can use water.
Dip the martini glass into the crushed peppermints and rotate the glass to ensure even coverage. You want the entire edge of the martini glass to be covered with crushed peppermint.
Place the vodka and cream in a cocktail shaker full of ice.
Shake well to chill the cocktail, and then strain out into your martini glass.
You can serve as-is, or add a twist by swirling the red icing into the top of your glass.
(You can also run a toothpick or skewer through the red swirl to make it even more decorative.)
Grab your free printable for our peppermint twist vodka martini recipe:
- 2 oz peppermint vodka
- 3 oz half and half cream
- 2 Tablespoons crushed peppermint candies
- Red gel icing (small tube)
- 1/2 teaspoon corn syrup or water
- Crush your peppermint candies - I placed mine in a zip bag and crushed them with a kitchen mallet, but a rolling pin or mortar and pestle would work just as well.
- Place the crushed candies in a shallow bowl wide enough to insert your martini glass in.
- Carefully run the corn syrup along the edge of your martini glass - alternatively, you can use water.
- Dip the martini glass into the crushed peppermints and rotate the glass to ensure even coverage. You want the entire edge of the martini glass to be covered with crushed peppermint.
- Place the vodka and cream in a cocktail shaker full of ice.
- Shake well to chill the cocktail, and then strain out into your martini glass.
- You can serve as-is, or add a twist by swirling the red icing into the top of your glass.
- (You can also run a toothpick or skewer through the red swirl to make it even more decorative.)
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 224Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 82mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g
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This Peppermint Twist Cocktail recipe is a fun Christmas take on a White Russian cocktail. It’s pleasantly pepperminty and decadently creamy.