Peppermint Martini

23 Dec

Busy last minute shopping this week?  Or traveling for the holidays?  Relatives coming in to town?  And to the folks that work in retail or anything related to the service industry…oye.

Well, this post is for all of you that need some 21+ holiday festivities that come in a glass.  It’s also a super fun drink that can be prepped ahead for a holiday party.

Now I love martinis.  Not the cool James Bond ones though – I’m just not that sophisticated.  I like party-time martinis.  Tequila-tinis, Coffee-tinis, Fruit-filled-tinis…you know…fun stuff!  My affinity for martinis started during my time in Portland, OR.  At the time, I lived 2 blocks from a bar called the Brazen Bean which sold $4 martinis.  And they weren’t of the watered down variety – they got your attention from the first sip.  It shut down a couple of years ago, luckily after I left, but that place definitely holds some fond memories for me.

{Gina’s Take}

This Peppermint Martini recipe has been an evolution of a simple chocolate martini that I make and if you are the hostess with the mostess this holiday, prep a couple of things ahead.

The recipe is fairly easy – you’ve got the simple sugar – which is just that:  1 part sugar + 1 part boiling water, stir, and you’re done.

Next up is the peppermint sugar prep:  1 candy cane + 1/2 cup of white sugar, put in the food processor –> done.  If you like more peppermint, add more candy cane.  Less, add more sugar.

By the way – It’s impossible to just smash the candy cane and rim the glasses with that because the oil in the cane makes it too sticky.  And the smashed candy either sticks to the paper towel you’re using to cover it or it ricochets all over your kitchen and then you have to pry it out of your dogs mouth {learned the hard way}.

Finally, take 2 parts vanilla vodka, 1 part peppermint mocha liqueur, and 4 parts chocolate (dark or regular) liqueur, shake over ice, and pour into the peppermint sugar lined glasses.

The simple sugar & rim sugar can be made ahead of the party. You could premix the alcohol, minus the ice, and have that on deck too – that way you just have to add ice and shake when it comes time to party…making you look cool, calm, and collected when it’s party time!

I hope you like it!  Cheers to a wonderful Holiday Season!

{Pretty Little Tip}

Have some fun with the garnish!  I used cute mini-candy canes and whipped cream in mine.  Another fun idea would be to substitute the simple sugar for chocolate syrup for a little more of a chocolaty approach.

 

 

 

Peppermint Martini

Ingredients

    Simple Sugar
  • 1 part white sugar
  • 1 part boiling water
  • Peppermint Sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 peppermint candy cane
  • Peppermint Martini
  • 2 parts Stoli Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 part Kahlua Peppermint Mocha Coffee Liqueur
  • 4 parts regular or dark chocolate liqueur
  • Ice
  • Garnish
  • Small candy cane
  • Whipped cream

Instructions

    Simple Sugar
  1. To make the simple sugar, in a small bowl, add the water to the sugar and stir until dissolved.
  2. Peppermint Sugar
  3. Add sugar and candy cane to a food processor and process until the candy candy is fully incorporated in to the sugar.
  4. To rim the glasses, dip the rim of the glass first into the simple sugar, then dip the rim into the peppermint sugar.
  5. Peppermint Martini
  6. Fill a shaker with ice, and add vodka and both liqueurs. Shake and then strain the peppermint martini into the peppermint sugar rimmed glasses. Garnish with small candy cand and/or whipped cream and serve immediately.
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