Holiday Chocolate Candy Cane Martini

This chocolate candy cane martini recipe is sweet, festive and a great sipping cocktail. If you love mint cocktails, you are going to love this one. Impress your guests by serving this at your next holiday party.

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I’m not a huge fan of peppermint schnapps as I imbibed too much of it one fateful night in college. But over time, I’ve come to appreciate adding this minty alcohol in cocktails with other ingredients, instead of drinking it straight like I did way back then.

The mixture of the chocolate taste of the creme de cacao, combined with the vanilla vodka meld perfectly with the peppermint schnapps.

Want an even mintier taste, add the optional candy cane as garnish in the cocktail. My advice is to sip it first without the candy addition so you can see if you’d enjoy having more of a minty taste or like it just the way it is. 🙂

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How to make a candy cane martini


For the garnish: Crush 1 – 2 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.


Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Get a measuring glass and glassware.

After measuring out the ingredients, pour into the shaker.

Step one

Get the ingredients – vanilla vodka, creme de cacao, and the dreaded peppermint schnapps.

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Step two

Measure 3 ounces of vanilla vodka.

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Step three

Measure out 1 1/2 ounces of creme de cacao.

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Step four

Measure out 1 ounce of peppermint schnapps.

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Step five

Take the martini glass out of the freezer.

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Step six

Cap the shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Strain the liquid in the frosty glass. Be careful not to touch the candied rim with the liquid.

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Look at how cloudy it is.  That’s from the microchips of ice you create when you shake the cocktail.

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Now for the vertical view.

Vertical view of the martini with small candy canes and a sled with santa and mrs claus in itPin

I lift it and take a sip. Soooooo good.

I hope you enjoyed this candy cane martini recipe.

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And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!

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Holiday Chocolate Candy Cane Martini

If you love mint, you're going to love this delicious chocolate peppermint holiday drink!
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: candy cane martini
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 305kcal


  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces creme de cacao
  • 1 ounce peppermint schnapps


  • 1 small candy cane (crushed and put on a small plate to rim the glass)
  • 2 small candy canes (this is optional – placing them in the cocktail will make the minty taste more intense. Taste it without or hang them on the rim to taste the cocktail as is.)


  • 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 cocktail shaker and shake for 15 seconds.
  • Get glass out of the freezer and strain liquid into glass.
  • Hang the candy cane on the rim of the glass or add to the drink
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Helpful tips
Want an even mintier taste, add the optional candy cane as garnish in the cocktail. My advice is to sip it first without the candy addition so you can see if you’d enjoy having more of a minty taste or like it just the way it is.


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 104g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 82g | Iron: 1mg
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  1. If you REALLY want to impress, wet your glasses inside and out, dip in the crushed candy canes and place in the freezer until ready. Guaranteed wow factor. I do this for ‘ritas. The frost is gorgeous. Merry Merry Happy Happy.

      1. Put them upside down in the freezer — that way when you pull them out, you won’t disturb the frost on the bowl of the glass. Might as well go for glam when it doesn’t cost anything, huh???

  2. Peppermint schnapps is such a fun spirit. It is good in hot chocolate as well as used to flavor other desserts. I had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! WOW! You did a great job on your pics!! And this recipe sounds amazing! Cant wait to try this one! I’m sharing this one!!

  4. Elaine, this drink is going to be seriously dangerous over at mine with a house full of vanilla vodka finatics! It looks so scrummy and can’t wait to give it a go! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  5. I can honestly say that I haven’t had schnapps since college too — mine were peach flavored and were the main component in our weekend Fuzzy Navels — and Hairy Fuzzy Navels. This would be a fun cocktail for Christmas, but I think I’ll limit myself to one!