'Tis the season for cocktail sipping and relaxing with friends. If you're craving a holiday-inspired cocktail recipe, this Candy Cane Martini is perfection. Simple ingredients but loaded with peppermint flavor.
Making fun Christmas cocktails and holiday drinks is a passion of many. This is because all the "typical" cocktail rules seem to go out the window, and festive and fun are what it's about. As long as you have a martini shaker and cocktail glasses, you can pretty much create any type of cocktail recipes that you can possibly think of.
Crushed candy canes are a must-have addition to the drink recipe, and I think that they're fun to use. Putting them on the rim of the glass adds even more of that minty flavor and taste that you're looking for.
Peppermint martinis are fun to make and a great way to use up that excess of candy canes that you have just sitting around the house.
Vodka - You can use your favorite brand of vodka or even use vanilla vodka or candy cane vodka.
Candy cane simple syrup - This is added to give sweetness and mint flavor.
Candy canes - Use a combination of big and mini candy canes.
Boiling water - The water is needed to melt the candy canes so that you get the mint flavoring without the texture.
How to make a Candy Cane Martini
The instructions are so simple! In less than 5 minutes total time, you'll be sipping away! You'll want to have a prepared martini glass ready and have the candy canes crushed as well before starting.
Step One: Add the crushed candy canes and boiling water into a measuring cup. Stir until the candy canes are dissolved. The water will be pink. (make sure that you're adding even amounts)
Step Two: Add three ice cubes into a cocktail shaker and then pour in two ounces of vodka and one ounce of the syrup that you just made. Shake for five seconds. Drain and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a mini candy cane on the rim.
Use spearmint - You could easily swap out the peppermint candy canes and use spearmint instead.
Change up the garnish - Instead of garnishing with candy canes, you can add whipping cream on the rim or even a little bit of chocolate glaze.
Creamy - For a creamy peppermint flavor add a splash of white creme de cacao or white chocolate liqueur.
What is the best way to crush candy canes?
If they're still in a package, you just need a heavy object like a meat mallet or a heavy metal spoon to beat the candy canes into crumbs and crumbles.
If the candy canes are not in a package, you can add them to a sealable bag and use a rolling pin to break them into pieces.
Crushing the candy canes can also be done in a food processor if you're making a lot of these martinis to serve to family and friends at a party or a gathering. Just add them and pulse. It's as simple as that.
How many calories are in a martini?
The nutritional facts and nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients that are used. Since we made our own homemade peppermint vodka basically, the calories in this martini will be higher because of the added sugar content from the candy cane.
One serving is about 207 calories.
Do I need to strain the martini mixture?
If you're worried that there might still be pieces of crushed candy cane in the mixture, then yes, you can strain it as you pour it. This will add a short amount of time to your prep time, but not a ton.
You shouldn't have to strain if you get the water hot enough, as it will melt down the candy canes easily.
Can I make a martini ahead of time?
Martinis are best served fresh. If you want to do some extra prep work to try and shave down on the time spent making this martini, you can prep and crush the candy canes so that they're ready to use.
That is really the only thing that can be done early besides having your prepared martini glasses chilled and waiting.
Does a peppermint martini taste like peppermint schnapps?
They will have a slightly similar taste, but that's just the peppermint talking to you. Schnapps are going to have a richer and creamier texture than the martini does, but both are delicious in their own right.
Candy Cane Martini
- 2 oz vodka
- 1 oz candy cane simple syrup
Candy Cane Simple Syrup
- 1 tablespoon candy cane crushed
- 1 tablespoon boiling water
Candy Cane Simple Syrup
- Mix even amounts of crushed candy canes and boiling water in a small measuring cup. Stir until the candy cane is completely dissolved. The water will turn pink.
- Place three ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Add two ounces of vodka and an ounce of candy cane simple syrup. Shake for five seconds and then drain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a mini candy cane.