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This Peppermint Martini is Merry Magic

Savor the festive flavor of a peppermint martini! This recipe blends the invigorating taste of peppermint with smooth, rich spirits to create the perfect Christmas cocktail. Ideal for seasonal celebrations or cozy winter evenings.

peppermint martini

Hello, cocktail connoisseurs and merry mixologists! Are you ready to jingle your way into the world of festive libations?

Today, we’re diving into a concoction so minty, so merry, it’s like Christmas did a dance on your taste buds – I present to you, the peppermint martini!

Imagine the North Pole had a bar, and Santa was the bartender. What would he serve? A peppermint martini, of course. It would be the big guy’s signature drink.

This peppermint martini recipe is a symphony of Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka, a melody of Irish cream liqueur, and a harmonious hint of Kahlua.

Add a dash of light cream to smooth it all out, and you’ve got yourself a cocktail that’s smoother than Santa’s sleigh ride.

But wait, there’s more – because what’s a holiday cocktail without a little razzle-dazzle?

We’re garnishing this bad boy with chocolate and candy cane around the rim because if you’re going to indulge, you might as well go all out. It’s like decking the halls, but for your glass.

This peppermint martini cocktail isn’t just a drink; it’s a festive experience. It’s for those winter evenings when you want to feel a little fancy while you wrap presents.

t’s for the holiday parties where you want to impress your guests with your mixology skills. Heck, it’s even for those ‘I survived another day of holiday shopping’ moments.

peppermint martini cocktail

So, grab your shaker, your favorite martini glass, and let’s get mixing. Prepare to be transported to a winter wonderland with every sip.

This recipe is about to become your go-to holiday cheer in a glass. Let’s make spirits bright, one minty sip at a time!

If you’re new to mixology, I’ve got some thoughts on how to be the best at making cocktails. If you aren’t interested, scroll down to get the recipe.

Tips for Making Delicious Cocktails

Making great cocktails is an art that combines creativity, technique, and attention to detail. Here are some tips to help you craft exceptional drinks.

Start with Quality Ingredients

I like the Smirnoff Peppermint Twist, but if you can’t find it, use a high quality vodka like Grey Goose. Add 1 tsp peppermint for every 2 cups of vodka. You don’t need a lot.

Measure Precisely

Invest in a jigger or measuring tools to ensure accurate proportions. Consistency in measurements is key to achieving a balanced flavor profile.

candy cane martini

Shake, Don’t Stir

Use a cocktail shaker with ice to mix your ingredients. This not only chills the drink but also helps to blend the flavors together.

Chill Your Glassware

To make it extra special, chill your martini glasses in the freezer before serving. This keeps the drink cool and adds a touch of elegance.

Serve Immediately

Martinis are best served fresh, so mix and serve them right away for the best experience.

peppermint martini drink

Remember that making cocktails is both a science and an art, so don’t be afraid to get creative and have fun with your creations. Over time, you’ll develop your own signature drinks and techniques!

Here’s what you’re going to need to make this peppermint martini cocktail.

  • Ice
  • 1 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist vodka
  • 1 oz Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz light cream
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate, melted (for garnish)
  • 1 candy cane, crushed (for garnish)

I’ve been asked if the Kahlua has caffeine. Yes, but it’s a very small amount. the shot in this drink contains less caffeine than a small cup of decaf coffee (around 3.3mg).

For the chocolate, you can melt chocolate chips or bars in the microwave with 30-second bursts in a bowl at regular power, with a quick stir in between.

recipe for a peppermint martini

Try the Smirnoff Peppermint Twist in other recipes! It also goes great with white Russians, espresso martinis, eggnog, mudslides, and even spiked hot chocolate.

easy peppermint martini cocktail recipe

Get the printable recipe for this delicious cocktail below:

Yield: 1 cocktail

Peppermint Martini

peppermint martini cocktail

Get into the holiday spirit with this tasty candy cane martini recipe! A perfect mix of refreshing peppermint and smooth vodka, this festive cocktail is a must-try for your holiday gatherings.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • Ice
  • 1 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist vodka
  • 1 oz Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz light cream
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate, melted (for garnish)
  • 1 candy cane, crushed (for garnish)


  1. To a cocktail shaker add ice, peppermint twist vodka, Irish cream, Kahlua, and light cream. Shake vigorously.
  2. Add the melted chocolate to a plate and dip the rim of the martini glass evenly in the chocolate.Dipping the martini glass into the melted chocolate
  3. To another plate add the crushed candy cane and dip the chocolate covered rim into the crushed candy pieces.Dipping the melted chocolate into the candy cane pieces
  4. Pour the cocktail into the prepared martini glass and enjoy.Pouring the candy cane martini into the prepared glass

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cocktail

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 496Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 3g

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