Refreshing Peppermint Martini Cocktail with Crushed Candy Cane Rim

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Add some festive spirit to your… well… normal spirit with this super Christmassy Peppermint Martini Cocktail! Using Vanilla Vodka, White Creme de Cacao, Peppermint Schnapps, and some crushed candy canes you can create a fabulously festive adult drink, that is worthy of Santa himself!

This post is part of Create the Holidays (formerly Create Christmas) – a series of festive recipes, crafts, printables, and more on The Purple Pumpkin Blog!

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Peppermint Martini 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 ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Want a fun and festive way to celebrate the holidays? If so, you’ll definitely want to give these peppermint martinis a try! Your guests will love the crushed candy cane rim that complements the chocolate and peppermint flavors perfectly.

It is the perfect cocktail to enjoy after a long day of work, especially during the holiday season. Or to serve up at a holiday cocktail party or dinner.

Ingredients Used In This Cocktail

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  • Vanilla Vodka
  • White Crème de Cacao – Make sure you use the white crème de cacao for this recipe. The taste of the dark version works well, but it won’t give you the look you are after.
  • Peppermint Schnapps
  • Limes
  • Candy Canesto crush for rim, and for garnish

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.


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Peppermint Martini Variations

I like to try and give variations on the cocktails shared on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, like how to turn the cocktail into a mocktail so that non-drinkers (and kids if suitable) can enjoy the drink too!

Virgin Peppermint Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic)

So that non-drinkers can enjoy a glass of this mint-flavored drink, here is a non-alcoholic version you can serve.

Mix together 1oz Peppermint Syrup and 1oz White Chocolate Syrup and top up with club soda, or lemon-lime soda.

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.

For adults who would still like to enjoy the taste of alcohol in their mocktail, you could try Strykk no Vanilla V*dka – available from their website directly in the UK but also is available on Amazon and use the two syrups listed above to replace the other two alcoholic elements in the recipe card.

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.

Frozen Peppermint Martini

Want to turn this drink 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.

Peppermint Martinis For a Crowd!

Want to make a big batch of this minty beverage for a party or gathering? It’s so easy!

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.

Serve the large batch cocktail in drinks dispensers, pitchers, or go really retro and serve from a punch bowl! Whichever container best suits your event (and the drink!).

Make sure you add plenty of ice to your serving receptacle of choice to keep the cocktail chilled.

Make sure to have candy canes for garnish, and crushed candy canes and limes for guests to rim their glasses if they wish!

When setting up your bar serving area, include cocktail glasses, small napkins, a filled ice bucket, stirrers, and themed cocktail decorations if suitable!

To make a big batch of this peppermint martini recipe, mix together:

  • 2 parts Vanilla Vodka, chilled
  • 1 part White Crème de Cacao, chilled
  • 1 part Peppermint Schnapps, chilled
Peppermint Martini Recipe

This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of the legal drinking age in your country of residence. Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.

How Do I Make Peppermint Martini 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!).

How to Make a Peppermint Martini

Peppermint Martini Cocktail

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Add some festive spirit to your… well... normal spirit with this super Christmassy Peppermint Martini Cocktail!


  • 2 oz. Vanilla Vodka, chilled
  • 1 oz. White Crème de Cacao, chilled
  • 1 oz. Peppermint Schnapps, chilled

For the Glass Rim

  • 3 oz. Peppermint Candy or Candy Canes, crushed
  • ¼ fresh lime

For Garnish

  • Candy Canes


  1. Place peppermint candy in a plastic bag and cover with a towel. Pound bag with a meat mallet or rolling pin until the candy is crushed into very small pieces. Transfer crushed candy pieces to a flat plate.
  2. Run a small wedge of lime around the rim of a martini glass until it is very well moistened. Turn the martini glass upside down and place moistened rim onto the plate of crushed candy. Turn the glass gently to ensure the entire rim is evenly coated.
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add vodka, crème de cacao, and peppermint schnapps.
  4. Shake vigorously until thoroughly combined.
  5. Strain chilled liquid into a prepared martini glass and add a candy cane to the glass if desired. Serve immediately.

    How to Make a Peppermint Martini


  • TIP: Make sure you use the white crème de cacao for this recipe. The taste of the dark version works well, but it won’t give you the look you are after.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 695Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 119gFiber: 0gSugar: 83gProtein: 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.

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