This chocolate candy cane martini recipe is sweet, festive and a great sipping cocktail. Impress your guests by serving this at your next holiday party.
As you noticed, I like to dance and good food and drink makes me want to do it even more. But, I have to be careful because one can’t do an interpretive dance in a restaurant, no matter how much one wants to. There are rules.
Or at least, I think there are. Rules like not knocking over people’s drinks with my arms doing their expressive thing.
Full disclosure: this is the first time I’ve had peppermint schnapps, at least that I know of, since I was in college.
Long ago and far away, I went to college a few hours away from my home. My sister Nancy used to like to visit me on weekends and of course I liked her visiting. Well, one of these visits, we bought some beer and peppermint schnapps and proceeded to play games of the kind you tend to play in college. This particular game we played, we called “Quarters”.
Here’s how we played it. We’d sit across from each other on the floor, with our beers poured into coffee mugs. We’d then take turns tossing a quarter into each other’s mug. If you got it in, that person had to drink.
I was a good shot.
Well, after that fun filled game, we went to a place on campus called “The Maze”.
The Maze – AZE… – AZE…
Do you hear that echo or is it just me?
The maze was originally an art installation in a field where I went to college. It was torn down a few years later, after it fell into disrepair. It was literally a maze made out of chain link fence with a walkway just wide enough to fit one person. Anyway, Nancy and I went there after playing Quarters. I had heard that if you put your right hand on one of the walls as soon as you walked in, you would find your way out very easily.
Let’s just say, I had faulty information.
All I got was lost.
Oh yeah. I’m forgetting the pleasure of breaking all the fingernails on my right hand and a bellyful of peppermint schnapps. I got those too.
Imbued with hindsight’s nostalgia, the maze was fun. But, I had too much peppermint schnapps that night and I was badly hung over the next day. Ergo, since then, no peppermint schnapps has purposely passed these lips.
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How to make this martini
For the garnish: Crush four candy canes with either the back of a big spoon or with a mortar and pestle.
Place the pieces in a dish and wet the outside of the rim of a martini glass with simple syrup.
Place the martini glass in the crushed candy canes. Shake of the extra candy and place the glass in the freezer.
After measuring out the ingredients, pour into the shaker.
Get the ingredients – vanilla vodka, creme de cacao, and the dreaded peppermint schnapps.
Measure 3 ounces of vanilla vodka.
Measure out 1 ½ ounces of creme de cacao.
Measure out 1 ounce of peppermint schnapps.
Take the martini glass out of the freezer.
Cap the shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Strain and divide the liquid between the two glasses. Be careful not to touch the candied rim with the liquid.
Look at how cloudy it is. That’s from the microchips of ice you create when you shake the cocktail.
Now for the vertical view.
I lift it and take a sip. Soooooo good, I can’t even find any fault with the peppermint schnapps.
I hope you enjoyed this candy cane martini recipe.
Other holiday drinks
And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!
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Holiday Chocolate Candy Cane Martini
- 2 ounces vanilla vodka
- 1 ½ ounces creme de cacao
- 1 ounce peppermint schnapps
Garnish and Glassware
4 small candy canes crushed and put on a small plate
Small amount of simple syrup to rim the glass inside and out
2 small candy canes to either hang on the edge of the glass or plopped inside like mine
- Wet your finger with simple syrup and rub it on the glass rim inside and out
- Roll it into the crushed candy canes so it completely covers the rim
- Place martini glass in the freezer
- Get cocktail shaker and fill it half way with ice
- Add vanilla vodka, creme de cacao and peppermint schnapps
- Cap shaker and shake 30 seconds
- Get glass out of the freezer and strain liquid into glass
- Hang the candy cane on the rim of the glass or plop them in the drink
- Lift glass