What could be a better cocktail around the holidays than a rich, sweet Chocolate Candy Cane Martini?
I have to be honest with you here: I don’t know what peppermint has to do with Christmas. I know candy canes come out around the holidays, so is that one type of candy the reason for the seasonal flavor? I don’t get it, but who am I to argue with Starbucks and Pinterest and the entire food blogsphere? Peppermint = Christmas, and I’m getting onboard with that.
Since I didn’t want to be left out on the peppermint fun, I decided to come up with a Christmas cocktail for you this week. This was originally going to be made with peppermint schnapps until it occurred to me that I could try soaking candy canes in vodka instead. (This especially occurred to me when the grocery store didn’t have peppermint schnapps.) I am certainly not the first one to try this, but it IS the first time I’ve ever made any kind of infused vodka.
Turns out, it’s really, really easy. I put four mini candy canes in a glass and added a half cup of vodka.
I could see magic happening immediately, and within 3-4 hours the candy canes were dissolved completely to make a pretty pink, minty treat.
I think you could just pour this chilled candy cane vodka into a cold martini glass and call it a cocktail, but I wanted to add a little more, you know, chocolate.
Luckily, I had a trial sized chocolate liqueur in our cabinet just for this very purpose. Boy oh boy, I’ll be needing to get more of that, and in a bigger bottle this time. Who needs Irish cream when you can have creamy chocolate in your cocktail instead?
So there you have it. Candy cane vodka, chocolate liqueur, and a bit of half and half gives you a creamy, minty, delicious Chocolate Candy Cane Martini perfect for holiday parties or a Christmas Eve nightcap. Cheers!
You should toast the holidays with these other cocktails too!