Dec 01

Candy Cane Martini

Candy Cane Martini

This recipe is for the 21 and older crowd.

It always seemed like it would be fun to host a holiday cocktail party. There are so many great concoctions out there for really cool looking drinks. Even if you don’t drink it’d be fun to make some of these just because they’re so pretty.

If you do drink, try this martini.

I’m not typically a big peppermint fan, but the addition of white creme de cocao really balanced the flavors. The vodka also mellowed it out a bit.

Warning: it is a strong drink. One would probably be plenty if you don’t want to get the lampshade award at your party. The tasty candy cane rim actually works great – it gives you something to nibble on in between sips so you don’t finish too quickly.

This was a recipe that can probably be changed up quite a bit. I saw some versions that called for vanilla vodka, and others that varied quite a bit on the ratios of each of the ingredients.

Have fun with the rim too. I tried several ways, and found that it works best by getting the rim wet and then dipping it into crushed candy canes. Initially I thought it’d be cool to melt some candy cane-flavored Hershey Kisses and dip the rim in that and then the candy canes. But it turned the rim pink – which looked better suited for Valentine’s Day than Christmas – and made a gloppy mess once I tried dipping it into the crushed candy canes.

The Kisses weren’t totally useless though – instead of using a mini candy cane hanging over the rim as garnish, try using an unwrapped Kiss dropped into the bottom of the glass.

Also, try to crush the majority of the candy canes as finely as possible. A few chunks are OK, but if there are too many large pieces they just slide down the glass. After trying to crush the candy canes in a plastic baggie with a bowl, I found (OK, my husband found. He’s always rescuing me) that a much better way was to put the pieces between some wax paper and use a rolling pin to crush them.

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Recipe: Candy Cane Martini

Adapted from http://beercocktailsspirits.suite101.com/

  • Candy canes
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 3 ounces white crème de cacao
  • 2 ounces peppermint schnapps
  • Ice
  1. In a shaker, combine the ice, vodka, white crème de cacao and peppermint schnapps.
  2. Shake the drink vigorously until well mixed.
  3. Crush candy canes with a rolling pin or other heavy object.
  4. Dip rim of chilled martini glass in water and then dip wet rim into crushed candy canes.
  5. Pour drink into glass and garnish with a candy cane. Makes two drinks.

Candy Cane Martini

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