This pretty pink peppermint martini is so delightful! It's bursting with divine peppermint flavor and so easy to make!
I'm not going to tell you how long I debated with myself whether to call this a candy cane martini or a peppermint martini.
Candy cane martini sounds like something you only make at Christmas. Peppermint martini sounds like something you could make year round. So, I want with peppermint because this peppermint drink is too good to only drink during the holiday season!
That being said, I did make this with my Candy Cane Vodka. You could make the vodka with peppermints and call it peppermint vodka, so it's all good!
Whatever you call this dreamy martini, you need to make it!
Vanilla Vodka - I wanted to smooth out all the peppermint coming from the candy cane vodka and the creme de menthe. You can also use a regular vodka.
Candy Cane Vodka - you can buy store bought Peppermint Vodka or you can make your own homemade peppermint vodka in only 45 minutes!
Creme de Menthe - up the mint even more with this minty liqueur. I bought a bottle just for this cocktail, so expect to see a few more Creme de Menthe cocktail recipes show up in the near future!
How to Make this Peppermint Vodka Martini.
Begin by chilling a pretty martini or coupe glass by filling it with ice.
Alternatively you can place the glass in your freezer, but I always worry about breaking the glass in there!
Optional - if you want to rim the glass with crushed peppermint, place some candy canes or peppermints in a ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to crush them. Note, they can be sharp and poke holes in the bag, so be careful!
Pour 1 ½ ounces of peppermint or candy cane vodka into a cocktail shaker.
Pour 1 ½ ounces of vanilla vodka into the cocktail shaker.
Add 1 ounce of the Creme de Menthe to the cocktail shaker.
Fill the shaker with ice, put a lid on it and shake for 15-30 seconds. Shaking the cocktail with ice chills it and properly dilutes it.
Rub a little bit of the peppermint vodka on the rim of the glass and dip the glass into the crushed peppermint candies.
Strain the shaken martini into the rimmed glass. You can garnish with a little candy cane if you'd like.
This Candy Cane Martini is so good! And don't just think because it's a pretty pink color that it's only for the ladies, my husband loved it too!
It's perfect for a holiday cocktail, but I make it year round. You eat peppermints year round, right? Just think how pretty it would be for a Mother's Day cocktail or even an Easter Cocktail.
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- 1 ½ ounce Peppermint Vodka
- 1 ½ ounce Vanilla Vodka
- 1 ounce Creme de Menthe
- candy canes or peppermints for garnish and rimming the glass
- Fill a martini glass with ice.
- Optional - crush a few candy canes or peppermints in a zip loc bag to use to rim the glass.
- Add peppermint vodka, vanilla vodka and creme de menthe to a cocktail shaker.
- Fill shaker ¾ full of ice. Place on the cap and shake for 15-30 seconds.
- Dump ice out of the glass and if desired, rub a little of the peppermint vodka on the rim and dip the glass in the crushed peppermint.
- Strain cocktail into glass. Garnish with a candy cane or a piece of peppermint candy.