Peppermint martini for a change this season? It’s quick, easy to make with only 3 ingredients, and adds a festive note to any holiday occasion!
Last year, just before Christmas, I had my first peppermint martini and was an instant fan!
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Holiday travel nightmare story follows–use the JUMP TO RECIPE BUTTON to skip.
My husband, my parents and I had flown to New York City to visit my daughter in Manhattan, and she wanted to take us to her local pub, namely, Biddy’s Pub.
My parents opted for an early night, so we went for trivia night, and I ordered a peppermint martini since it seemed like a festive cocktail to have just before Christmas. One sip and I knew it would be a cocktail I’d be making at home.
Discovering that I loved a peppermint martini was one of the positive parts during our trip to spend Christmas with my kids on the East Coast. I was blissfully unaware of all that was to transpire over the next few days, including Christmas Day.
An extratropical cyclone, better known as the “Bomb Cyclone” of December, 2022 hit the East Coast of the US making headlines around the world–and we were smack dab in the middle of it. There’s even a Wikipedia page about the notorious winter storm of 2022. The irony is that we always have our kids visit us so we would have been enjoying 80+ degree (F) weather back home in Los Angeles!
I won’t bore you with all the details, because you probably wouldn’t believe them all, but we were stuck in the airport for almost 10 hours, and left without a hotel, car rental or flight to Washington DC. The trip reminded us all of the movie, Planes, Trains and Automobiles!
Incredibly, we managed to get there the next day with an outrageously priced rental car, however, things didn’t get any better. On Christmas Day, all six of us got stuck in an elevator and had to be rescued by the Arlington Fire Department!
So back to the minty cocktail: as I said, it was a martini I wanted to make at home. When we got back, I spotted a peppermint cream liqueur at my Trader Joe’s, bought it, and made plans. Of course, I looked at a few recipes, but honestly didn’t like anything that I saw.
Try this lemon drop martini recipe, too! I bet you’ll say it’s the best you’ve ever had!
So my peppermint martini recipe goes like this: crushed candy cane on the rim (I had planned that from the night in Biddy’s Pub, but for an easy version, just skip it) vodka and peppermint cream liqueur. It’s so good, and I don’t mind it not being pink, in fact I prefer it.
That’s a Kartell lamp in the background. I fell in love with it in a restaurant in Naples. Now there are cheap copies of this lamp all over Amazon (which makes me sad), but the price difference is incredible.
inspired by a Biddy’s Pub martini serves 2
FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE BELOW
- candy canes
- peppermint cream liqueur
Note: if you can’t find peppermint cream liqueur, make your own using a 1:1 ratio of heavy cream and peppermint schnapps.
Prep the Glasses
Crush the candy canes inside a plastic bag with something like a meat mallet. You can crush much finer than this if you prefer.
You can dip into a plate with Lyle’s Golden Syrup (like I did), or honey, but you can even use water to rim the glass.
It only takes a minute.
Make the Peppermint Cocktail
In a cocktail shaker with ice, pour in the peppermint cream liqueur and vodka.
Close the shaker and shake at least 30 times.
Pour the cocktail evenly between both glasses, and cheers!
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- 2 candy canes
- 2 oz vodka
- 4 oz peppermint cream liqueur
- (optional: honey or Golden Syrup)
- Crush the candy canes inside a plastic bag with something like a meat mallet. You can crush much finer than this if you prefer.
- You can dip into a plate with Lyle's Golden Syrup (like I did), or honey, but you can even use water to rim the glass.
- In a cocktail shakerwith ice, pour in the peppermint cream liqueur and vodka.
- Close the shaker and shake at least 30 times.
- Pour evenly between both glasses, and cheers!
- If you can't find peppermint cream liqueur, make your own using a 1:1 ratio of heavy cream and peppermint schnapps.
- Add more or less vodka as desired.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 5gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is only estimated.
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