It doesn’t get more festive than a candy cane martini for the holidays! Shake up a batch of this creamy cocktail for your holiday party.
Thanksgiving has passed, and I hope you all had a great holiday! Now, it’s on to the winter holidays! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, the winter solstice, or Kwanzaa or something else, it’s a fun time of year.
Our host, Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake!, has chosen an elegant cocktail party as our Progressive Eats theme this month. I love cocktail parties, especially around Christmas time.
This candy cane martini is a fun, festive way to celebrate the holidays. First, the glass is rimmed with crushed candy canes, adhered with light corn syrup. Next, it’s flavored with peppermint schnapps.
As for the other ingredients, I had whipped cream vodka on-hand. Use vanilla or even regular, if that’s what you have. I had a bit of a tough time finding white chocolate liqueur in my area (don’t get me started on Pennsylvania’s draconian grip on alcohol sales), and if you can’t find it either, use regular chocolate liqueur, and make it a chocolate candy cane martini!
If you’re serving a large crowd, you can mix together the vodka, liqueur and schnapps ahead of time, and store in a pitcher. Measure out 3 fluid ounces of the mixture and swirl with 2 fluid ounces of half-and-half per cocktail.
What’s your favorite drink to serve at a holiday cocktail party?
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Candy Cane Martinis
- 2 full-size candy canes finely crushed
- 4 tbsp light corn syrup
- 3 oz whipped cream vodka
- 3 oz white chocolate liqueur
- 3 oz peppermint schnapps
- 4 oz half-and-half
- Mini candy canes, for garnish
Pour the light corn syrup on to a small shallow dish. Pour the crushed candy canes onto another small shallow dish.
Dip two martini glasses first in the corn syrup, then in the crushed candy canes.
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the vodka, white chocolate liqueur, and peppermint schnapps. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
Add the half-and-half to the cocktail shaker, and swirl to combine.
Divide the cocktail between the two martini glasses, garnish with a mini candy cane and serve.
An Elegant Cocktail Party
- Beef Crostini with Blue Cheese Spread from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Pimento Cheese Stuffed Grits Arancini from Pastry Chef Online
- Spicy Cheddar Herb Palmiers from Mother Would Know
- Chocolate Cake with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting from Creative Culinary
- Cranberry Panna Cotta from Spice Roots
Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. Our menu this month features terrific cocktail, appetizer and dessert recipes fit for an elegant cocktail party! All perfect for your entertaining needs during the holidays! Hosting this month is Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.