Candy Cane Martini

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Cocktail History

The Candy Cane Martini is a Christmas cocktail that was created by Jassy Davis and was first published in her book Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter. There are several recipes out there with the same name, but most of them are on the kitschy side with their bright colors and super sugary ingredients. This version is entirely different because it’s made with a more classic vodka martini template but adds some festivity with white chocolate liqueur, peppermint liqueur, and a crushed candy cane rim.

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 affordable. For a mocktail version of this drink, use Strykk Non-Alcoholic Not V*dka in place of the vodka.

White Crème De Cacao: This is a type of spirit made with white chocolate, vanilla, sugar, and alcohol. We used DeKuyper White Crème De Cacao because it has a delightful dark cocoa flavor and is affordable. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Non-Alcoholic White Chocolate Syrup in place of the liqueur.

White Crème De Menthe: This is a type of spirit made with mint leaves, sugar, green food coloring, and alcohol. We used DeKuyper Crème De Menthe because it’s light and minty and is affordable. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Non-Alcoholic Frosted Mint Syrup in place of the liqueur.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with white sugar and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Candy Cane: This is the garnish. It’s crushed and stuck to the rim with simple syrup to add more peppermint flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Candy Cane Martini features sweet mint aroma thanks to the rim and has the initial flavor of chocolate followed by a strong menthol backbone and a hit of alcohol on the swallow with more 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.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“While I normally stay away from anything that calls itself a Martini but isn’t truly a gin and vermouth-only cocktail, I will give this one a pass because it is crystal-clear and boozy, just like its namesake. That said, it’s honestly a delicious drink even to me that features plenty of minty and chocolatey sweetness reminiscent of the holiday candy after which it’s modeled.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I’m the opposite of Alex in that I tend to gravitate toward sweeter dessert drinks at Christmastime, so I was skeptical that I would like this after one look at how booze-forward it would be. I was surprised to find that, although it certainly has more astringency than I’m used to, the chocolate and peppermint notes really mellowed out the drink and made it palatable to me. I do think the candy cane rim or at least a mini candy cane to munch on is a necessary feature because it brings out the mintiness. Regardless though, I would make this again!”

Recipe

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

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Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn and Winter
Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn and Winter
Hardcover Book; Davis, Jassy (Author); English (Publication Language); 144 Pages – 09/01/2020 (Publication Date) – HarperCollins (Publisher)
$10.39

AuthorWinter WarmersPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Vodka
 1 ½ oz White Crème De Cacao
 ¾ oz White Crème De Menthe
 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
 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

Make It a Mocktail: Use Strykk Non-Alcoholic Not V*dka in place of the vodka, Monin Non-Alcoholic White Chocolate Syrup in place of the white crème de cacao liqueur, and Monin Non-Alcoholic Frosted Mint Syrup in place of the white crème de menthe liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

Tools & Glassware We Recommend

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Libbey Capone Entertaining Set with 4 Martini Glasses and Shaker
Libbey Capone Entertaining Set with 4 Martini Glasses and Shaker
Give your classic cocktail skills a sophisticated vintage-style presentation; Complete martini glass set includes a classic shaker to make entertaining easy
$39.98
Libbey 8876 Art Deco 6 oz Martini Glass, Set of 6 with Bonus FDL Picks
Libbey 8876 Art Deco 6 oz Martini Glass, Set of 6 with Bonus FDL Picks
Quantity of 6 Art Deco 6 oz Libbey 8876 Martini Glass; Great for floated mixers, martinis, and a wide variety of mixed drinks and desserts

More Christmas Cocktails

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

Cranberry Cobbler Cocktail Recipe

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

Sugar Cookie Cocktail Recipe

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

Kohler Mint Cocoa Cocktail Recipe

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

Winter Berry Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe

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

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