Peppermint Martini

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Two Peppermint Martinis with candy rims against a snowy backdrop with Christmas decorations to the side

Kickstart the festive season with the lush and velvety Peppermint Martini, a dessert-in-a-glass that will be the cherry on top of your holiday menu. Creamy and minty fresh, this cocktail is great to sip with canapes, desserts, or anything really! 

Follow the recipe and make a perfect Peppermint Vodka Martini in just 5 minutes! 



You can find different types of peppermint schnapps at the store, ranging from 30 proof (15% ABV) to 100 proof (50% ABV). As you can guess, 100 proof is really strong, so if you choose this one, skip the quantities in the recipe and add peppermint schnapps to taste.


If you can’t find peppermint schnapps, white crème de menthe is a great substitute, with a more balanced mint flavour. Make sure you don’t get green crème the menthe, or you’ll be making a Grasshopper!


Make this cocktail vegan by swapping heavy cream with full-fat coconut milk. Your drink will have a slight coconut flavour, but not too overpowering.



1 Person

30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

Peppermint Schnapps or Crème de Menthe
15 Ml

0.5 Oz

0.5 Parts

45 Ml

1.5 Oz

1.5 Parts

Crème de Cacao
45 Ml

1.5 Oz

1.5 Parts

Heavy Cream
Peppermint sweets and grenadine for rim



Prepare the rim: crush the peppermint sweets on a plate and put them on an even layer. Lay grenadine on another plate, then roll the rim of your martini glass over the grenadine to wet it (you can also wet it with water using your finger). Roll wet rim over the crushed mints until evenly coated.


Add peppermint schnapps, vodka, crème de cacao and heavy cream to a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Shake vigorously until cold.


Strain drink into the prepared martini glass and serve.

History of the Peppermint Martini 

The Peppermint Martini is a festive rendition of the so-called Martinis that only have the glass in common with the traditional Martini. Like the Key Lime Martini, Pornstar Martini and Candy Corn Martini, it’s more of a dessert in a glass to serve during Christmas and at parties to win over the crowd after a delicious meal.  


Want more Peppermint Martini inspo? This delicious drink comes in many tasty variations, all to try!  

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini 

Add a decadent touch to your Peppermint Martini with white chocolate liqueur. The recipe also calls for vanilla vodka for the ultimate cake-like drink.  

Peppermint Mocha Martini 

If your coffee go-to order is mocha, you’ll fall in love with the Peppermint Mochatini. This thick and smooth drink combines vodka, peppermint-flavoured coffee liqueur, peppermint schnapps and heavy cream for the ultimate holiday concoction to sip under the mistletoe. 

Peppermint Espresso Martini 

Start Christmas morning the best way possible with a Peppermint Espresso Martini. This boozy, creamy cocktail adds a minty note to the traditional Espresso Martini, with peppermint schnapps and peppermint coffee creamer. It will keep you awake and in good spirits! 

Peppermint Bark Martini 

Listen. We love peppermint bark as a festive treat and we love it even more if it becomes a drink! The Peppermint Bark Martini just tastes like Christmas and it’s super easy to prepare even in a batch, to delight your guests as soon as they arrive. Combining cream liqueur, peppermint schnapps, white crème de cacao and heavy cream, it’s a holiday staple you won’t get enough of. 

Candy Cane Martini 

The Candy Cane Martini is the merry and bright cocktail you were looking for. Mixing peppermint schnapps and raspberry liqueur, this cocktail is a delicious minty and fruity combination, that becomes even more decadent with its candy cane topping. Christmas in a glass. 

When to Serve 

Peppermint is a typical wintery flavour, so peppermint-based cocktails are ideal for your festive menu, whether it’s Christmas Day or a Secret Santa party with your best friends! Serve them as indulgent dessert drinks or as pre-dinner drinks to warm up the appetites. 

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Making peppermint sweets or a candy cane stick to your rim can be done in different ways. The simplest is to wet the rim with grenadine or water, then roll the rim on the crushed sweets until coated. If you’re looking for a stronger “glue”, try dipping your rim into honey, marshmallow cream or sugar water.

Although spearmint is the most commonly used type of mint for cocktails, peppermint is great for cocktails using stronger spirits due to its intense flavour. Some of the most popular drinks with peppermint are Peppermint Martini, Frosty the Snowman, Jack Frost Manhattan and White Chocolate Peppermint Martini.