Candy Cane Martini

Dan George | Mantitlement

Our candy cane martini is essential for your Christmas Eve celebrations. It's Dan day here on Food Fanatic, and all about the libations!

Candy Cane Martini Photo

There are so many different flavored vodka out there to try, I’ve been trying really hard to get through them all. But sometimes it’s fun to try making your own flavored vodka. The possibilities are endless. All you need is some plain vodka and whatever you can imagine to infuse it with! This time I chose candy canes.

We always have tons of candy canes around our house during the holidays. Candy is pretty much a free for all for the month of December. The boys have an advent calendar with candy in it for the mornings (you're welcome, 1st grade teacher), and if they want to grab a candy cane after school or after dinner they can. The rest of the year candy is pretty limited, so the boys love it.

Candy Cane Martini Picture

This year my wife bought a ton candy canes and so did I. You know that whole communication thing… so we ended up with a LOT of candy canes.

What to do with all the extra candy canes? Make a candy cane martini, of course.

I started by infusing plain vodka with crushed candy canes and let that sit for a couple of days. Then I strained it and stored it in a container until I was ready to mix.

Candy Cane Martini Image

There were a lot of recipes I found for candy cane martinis that used white crème de menthe or even evaporated milk to make the martini creamy. I decided not to add the creamy stuff to mine and instead added some vanilla schnapps to give it that hint of vanilla flavor that candy canes have. And the cranberry juice is really there to cut through all the booziness of the martini. So you can have a couple of these martinis instead of just having one and done!

If you're in a candy cane frame of mind, serve these martinis up with some candy cane fudge and candy cane cupcakes - now that's a party!

Candy Cane Martini Recipe

    2 Servings


For the Infused Candy Cane Vodka:
  • 6 Small Candy Canes, Crushed
  • 4 shots Vodka
For Rimming the Glasses:
  • 6 Small Candy Canes, Crushed
For Each Drink:
  • 5 ounces Infused Vodka
  • 2 ounces Vanilla Schnapps
  • 2 ounces Cranberry Juice


For the Infused Candy Cane Vodka

  1. Take the crushed candy canes and add them to a container with the 5 ounces of vodka.
  2. Shake well and let sit overnight or up to 2 days.
  3. Strain the vodka through a fine strainer into another container.

For Rimming the Glasses

  1. Take the crushed candy canes and pour out into an even layer on a shallow plate. Pour a shallow layer of water onto another plate.
  2. Dip each glass in the water first, and then into the crushed candy canes.

To Make the Drinks:

  1. For each drink, take 2 ½ oz. of the infused vodka and add it to a shaker along with 1 oz. of vanilla schnapps  and 1 oz. of cranberry juice.
  2. Shake well and strain into a martini glass.


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