This Peppermint Schnapps Cocktail called Frosty the Snowman is a delicious holiday drink that is sure to delight all who sip it! The combination of vanilla rum, blue curaçao, and peppermint schnapps is a taste sensation and the crushed candy-cane glass rim is a real festive treat!
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Peppermint Schnapps Cocktail
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.
You can’t have a party without a cocktail or two, so this holiday season why not make our Frosty the Snowman as your signature drink!
The peppermint schnapps adds a touch of cold, while the rum warms you through – it’s a delicious drink that’s for sure!
Make an individual glass of this blue cocktail, or make a big batch of it to serve at a gathering – I tell you how in the variations section of this post – including how to make a non-alcoholic mocktail version.
Ingredients Used In This Festive Cocktail
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- Peppermint Schnapps or Liqueur – you want a clear liquid, so Creme de Menthe isn’t suitable.
- Vanilla Rum – if you have problems sourcing this, you could use a spiced rum or even a coconut rum.
- Blue Curaçao – an orange-flavored blue liqueur that gives this cocktail the frosty color!
- Lemon-Lime Soda – such as Sprite or 7 UP
- Maraschino Cherries – for garnish
- Simple Syrup – for rimming the glass, see below on how to make it!
- Candy Canes – crushed to stick to the rim of the glass
This cocktail is shaken, but don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you could just use a container with a tight-fitting lid – like a mason jar or even the cup on a blender or smoothie maker.
How Do You Make Simple Syrup for Cocktails?
Simple syrup is very easy to make (the clue is in the name!).
It is simply made with a mix of sugar and water in equal measures.
Now, I always thought that you made it by heating until the sugar dissolves. However, after a bit of internet research, I have learned that you can just cold water. You place the sugar and water in a bottle or jar with a lid and shake until the sugar is dissolved. Both are simple – do whichever suits you!
And if you don’t want to make a simple syrup, you can buy ready-made sugar syrup in bottles. I like using the Monin brand of syrups as there are lots of flavours and they are a very versatile ingredient that can be used in cocktails, mocktails, coffee, cocoa, shakes, smoothies, and more.
Crushed Candy Cane Rimmed Glasses
As a pretty and delicious extra you can add crushed candy canes to the rim of the glass.
Place some candy canes in a plastic food bag and seal shut. Use a rolling pin or meat tenderizer mallet to smash the candy into small pieces. Pour into a shallow dish.
Pour some simple syrup into another shallow dish. Roll the rim of the glass in the syrup and then dip the glass straight down into the crushed candy canes. Set aside while you make your rum and peppermint schnapps cocktail!
You can actually buy cocktail rimming dishes online (there is a gadget for everything!) but a small plate or saucer will work just fine.
More Cocktails To Make
Want to make more cocktails? I think you’re going to love these ones:
- Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail with Citrus Vodka & Lime
- Reindeer Cocktail – Vodka Cranberry Spritzer
- Christmas Margaritas
Frosty the Snowman Cocktail Variations
I like to try and give variations of the cocktails shared on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, and especially turning the cocktail into a mocktail so that non-drinkers (and kids if suitable) can enjoy the drink too!
Virgin Frosty the Snowman Mocktail (non-alcoholic)
So that non-drinkers can enjoy a glass of this Frosty the Snowman drink, we’re going to remove the booze and replace some of the alcoholic elements with flavored syrups.
I love the Monin brand of syrups as there are lots of flavors and they are a very versatile ingredient that can be used in cocktails, mocktails, coffee, cocoa, shakes, smoothies, and more.
To make a Frosty the Snowman Mocktail, follow the recipe card, but use the following syrup suggestions in place of the alcohol:
I haven’t made the mocktail version, so I recommend adding the syrups to taste as they may add a sweetness that you may not necessarily get from alcoholic liqueurs.
For kids, keep it really simple for them – use some blue food coloring to add color to the soda and pour into a glass filled with ice and rimmed with crushed candy canes like the adult version.
Want to turn this cocktail into a frozen slushie? Easy! Put all the ingredients in a blender with a generous amount of crushed ice – then blend till smooth. Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze! You could do the same with the mocktail version too.
Frosty the Snowman Party Punch
Want to make this peppermint-flavored cocktail for a crowd? It’s so easy! Here’s how to do it!
As long as you use the same measuring container (glass, cup, jug, etc.,) for the “1 part”, the ratios will be correct and you can make as much as you need to.
Make sure you add plenty of ice to your serving receptacle of choice to keep the cocktail chilled.
You could rim all the glasses with candy canes if you like too – it’s quite a quick process! Place them in the bar/serving area, along with a filled ice bucket, garnishes, and cocktail decorations if suitable.
For garnish, why not provide candy cane to use as stirrers?
To make a big batch of Frosty the Snowman Party Punch, mix together:
- 2 parts Peppermint Schnapps
- 2 parts Vanilla Rum
- 2 parts Blue Curaçao
- 10 parts Lemon-Lime Soda
This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of legal drinking age in your country of residence. Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.
How Do I Make a Peppermint Schnapps Cocktail?
Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, any pics don’t print to save your ink!).
- 2 oz Peppermint Schnapps
- 2 oz Vanilla Rum
- 2 oz Blue Curaçao
- 10 oz Sprite (or other Lemon-Lime Soda)
- Maraschino Cherry, for garnish, optional
For Glass Rim
- Simple Syrup
- Candy Cane, crushed
- Pour some simple syrup into a shallow dish, and the crushed candy canes into another dish.
- Roll the rim of the glasses into syrup and then dip into the crushed candy canes. Set aside.
- Place the peppermint schnapps, vanilla rum, and blue curaçao into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well until combined.
- Pour into candy cane glasses filled with ice cubes and top up with Sprite.
- Garnish with a maraschino cherry if using.
- Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 615Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 110gFiber: 0gSugar: 108gProtein: 0g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Cocktail Party Appetizers
Maybe you’re serving this drink at a party and need some food to nibble on. Here are some appetizer recipes for you to look at next:
- Sweet & Savory Spiced Pecans
- Savory Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
- Brie and Cherry Appetizers with Phyllo Pastry Cups
- Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Gluten-Free Baked Coconut Shrimp with Avocado-Lime Dip
- Mediterranean Layer Dip with Hummus, Feta, and Fresh Vegetables
There are 500+ Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog for you to enjoy! Please feel free to check them out too.