Why we love this candy cane martini
- It’s sweet, fresh and minty making it a perfect for any winter holidays!
- The peppermint schnapps gives this martini a refreshing, icy flavor.
- Who doesn’t have excess candy canes around each Christmas? Smash them up and have a fancy martini!
Here’s what you’ll need to make it
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Ingredients & substitutions
- Whipped cream vodka – Vanilla vodka would also work here.
- Peppermint schnapps – A lot of this goes a long way, so you only need a little bit, but the peppermint flavor is perfect in this martini.
- Irish cream – If you don’t have Irish cream, you can substitute Rumchata or another simple cream liqueur.
- Creme de cacao – This mellows the flavor of the peppermint and balances the flavors. If you don’t have this, a chocolate liqueur would also work.
- Half & half – Heavy cream would work here too!
How to make a candy cane martini
Rim glasses. Dip the rim of a martini glass in light corn syrup, allow excess to drip off and dip into crushed candy cane pieces. Set aside.
Shake the martini. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the cocktail ingredients. Shake until cold, usually about 30 – 40 seconds.
Serve. Strain the martini into your prepared glasses and serve immediately.
Everything you need to know about peppermint martinis
I like using karo syrup (or any other light corn syrup) to rim glasses when I’m using something other than plain salt or sugar. It’s extra sticky so it will help the heavier or different shaped items stick to the glass very well! Make sure to allow any excess to drip off before dipping into your candy pieces, so you don’t have any dripping into the martini.
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- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 1/2 ounce creme de cacao
- 1/2 ounce Irish cream
- 1/2 ounce peppermint schnapps
- ½ ounce half-and-half
- For garnish: light corn syrup, crushed peppermint candy canes
We used a light corn syrup to rim our martini glasses. This helps the larger/heavier items stick well to the glass.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Vodka
- Method: Shaken
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 266
- Sugar: 15.9 g
- Sodium: 30.4 mg
- Fat: 2.7 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
- Carbohydrates: 16.7 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 0.8 g
- Cholesterol: 9.7 mg
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