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