Candy Cane Martini

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Cocktail History

The Candy Cane Martini is a vodka Christmas cocktail that was created by Jassy Davis and included in her book Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter. There are several recipes on the web with the same name, most of which look kitschy with their super bright colors, but this one is entirely different because it is colorless and quite boozy.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Vodka: This is the base spirit. We used Russian Standard Gold Vodka because it’s smooth, easy to sip, and fairly inexpensive without compromising the quality.

White Crème De Cacao: This is a chocolate liqueur that adds light cocoa notes. We used one of these made by DeKuyper.

White Crème De Menthe: This adds cool peppermint flavor. We used DeKuyper’s, but whichever crème de menthe you can find will work.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with sugar and water that is used to stick the crushed candy cane to the rim of the glass. You can buy bottled simple syrup in a store, but we made ours at home using Alex’s recipe because it is very easy to make.

Candy Cane: This is crushed and used as the garnish to add peppermint flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Candy Cane Martini features mint aroma and the initial flavor of peppermint followed by the distinct taste of the spirit with faint notes of chocolate.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Although pretty boozy, we both liked this drink and thought it was a very respectable sip for the holidays if you’re not into the sweeter stuff.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter by Jassy Davis.

AuthorWinter WarmersPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Vodka
 1 ½ oz White Crème De Cacao
 ¾ oz White Crème De Menthe
 ½ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 1 Small Candy Cane

Method
1

Crush candy cane in a mortar and pestle, pour crushed candy cane onto a plate, rub outer rim of a martini glass with simple syrup, and roll glass in candy cane until coated.

2

Add vodka, white crème de cacao, white crème de menthe, and ice to a mixing glass.

3

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

4

Strain into candy cane-rimmed glass.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Vodka
 1 ½ oz White Crème De Cacao
 ¾ oz White Crème De Menthe
 ½ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 1 Small Candy Cane

Directions

Method
1

Crush candy cane in a mortar and pestle, pour crushed candy cane onto a plate, rub outer rim of a martini glass with simple syrup, and roll glass in candy cane until coated.

2

Add vodka, white crème de cacao, white crème de menthe, and ice to a mixing glass.

3

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

4

Strain into candy cane-rimmed glass.

Candy Cane Martini

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More Christmas Cocktails

If you like this Christmas cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Kohler Mint Cocoa: A chocolate mint brandy cocktail made with milk, white peppermint schnapps, dark crème de cacao, cocoa powder, whipped cream, and grated chocolate

 Cranberry Cobbler: A sherry cocktail made with cranberry syrup, orange slices, an orange wedge, mint, and cranberries

 Winter Berry Gin Fizz: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, cranberry syrup, raspberry liqueur, soda water, cranberries, and rosemary

 Sugar Cookie Cocktail: A vanilla vodka cocktail made with amaretto, Irish cream liqueur, heavy cream, simple syrup, and sprinkles

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