Just the right amount of creme de menthe makes this creamy Candy Cane Martini a holiday favorite and a festive way to celebrate during this time of year. Serve them at your next Christmas party!
This candy cane martini recipe is the perfect festive drink for your holiday season. With the flavor of peppermint candy, it's my Christmas Eve drink - sipped after Santa's done and the house is quiet. When it's just you and the Christmas tree. Or shake up this Christmas cocktail and curl up with your favorite holiday movies. It'll definitely put you in the Christmas spirit.
- Vanilla vodka
- White chocolate liqueur
- White creme de menthe
- Whole milk
- Heavy cream
- Mini candy cane (garnish)
- Red, green, and/or white sugar (garnish)
Prepare your glass
Mix the sugars together on a small plate.
On a second plate, pour 2 tablespoons of cream.
Dip the rim of a martini glass in the cream.
Carefully roll the rim in the sugars until all of the rim is coated.
Make your cocktail
In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur, creme de menthe, milk, and cream.
Cover and shake well.
Strain into your prepared martini glass.
Garnish with a small candy cane.
- I like the pure white color of the cocktail that you get with no fake color in the creme de menthe, but you can use green creme de menthe in this festive cocktail if you can't find white (clear) creme de menthe. The taste is the same. Your cocktail will just be light green instead of white.
- While I recommend a high milk fat, whatever milk you have on hand will work. Your cocktail won't be as creamy, but it will still be tasty.
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FAQs and Substitutions
Yes, but it will change the flavor of the drink. The vanilla vodka adds a sweetness to this cocktail that is lost when you use plain vodka.
You can follow the same steps, using crushed candy cane instead of the sugar on the rim of the glass. I keep red and green sugar on hand for holiday baking and find that easier than unwrapping and crushing candy canes with a rolling pin, and just as festive.
They are different liqueurs, but both will work well for this drink. Creme de menthe is easier for me to find in stores. Feel free to swap it out for peppermint schnapps if that’s what you have on hand.
You don't. This recipe doesn't work without cream and milk. If you don't, or can't, drink dairy, find a different cocktail to enjoy.