Peppermintini “Peppermint Martini”

Peppermint Martini AKA The Peppermintini! #cocktails #holidays #christmas #recipeSanta will be more than willing to slip a sable under your tree, when he sees you’ve mixed him a Peppermint Martini this year. This peppermint cocktail will bring smiles to your guests (and the big guy) on Christmas Eve!

Peppermint Martini AKA The Peppermintini! | #cocktails #holidays #christmas #recipe

Seven Days until Christmas, are you ready?

Okay, okay… Don’t panic.

Let’s have a Peppermint Martini, or two, to calm the nerves. Then we’ll get right back on task.

I’ve got to admit, I’m a little behind this year.

In fact, I ordered all my Christmas presents on Amazon yesterday.


Making a Peppermint Martini AKA The Peppermintini! | #cocktails #holidays #christmas #recipe

In the spirit of giving, I tend to over-commit during the holidays, then need a vacation after New Years.

Anyone want to meet me in Kauai January 2nd?

We could probably all use a sandy beach and a bit of room-service by then.

But for now, let’s just focus on the fun and festivities of the moment. Family, friends, parties, decadent dishes, cocktails, bright-eyed babies awaiting Christmas morning.

The Peppermintini, Holiday Peppermint Cocktail | #cocktails #holidays #christmas #recipe

One thing I love about the holiday season is that you can get away with adding peppermint to EVERYTHING.

Like Peppermint Fudge, Peppermint Rice Krispies Snowballs, Peppermint Creme BruleePeppermint Cookies, Peppermint Coffee Drinks, and of course, Peppermint Cocktails.

This Peppermint Martini, or Peppermintini, is cool and creamy with a minty finish. Just the thing to calm your nerves and lift your spirits this time of year.

The Peppermintini is this week’s McCormick Season Seven Recipe, involving two of the seven seasonal flavors that remind us of the holidays:  ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, sage, poultry seasoning, vanilla and peppermint.

The Peppermintini, Holiday Peppermint Cocktail | #cocktails #holidays #christmas #recipe

To make this Peppermint Cocktail, dip the rim of each martini glass in crushed candy canes for a peppermint garnish. Then simply combine White Chocolate Liqueur, Vanilla Vodka, Half & Half, and McCormick Peppermint Extract. Shake and pour.

So easy to make, and so soothing.

Make sure to check out McCormick’s Holiday Look Book for more festive recipes!

Peppermintini "Peppermint Martini"

Yield: 2

Prep Time:5 minutes

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This festive peppermint cocktail unites the crisp bite of peppermint with the smooth sweetness of white chocolate liqueur.


  • 4 peppermint candy canes
  • 3 tablespoons sugar + 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 ounces white chocolate liqueur
  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces half-and-half
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Peppermint Extract


  1. Place candy canes or peppermint candies in large resealable plastic bag. Close bag. Pound with rolling pin or heavy skillet until coarsely crushed. Or, process in food processor using on/off pulsing action.
  2. Mix 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons water in small shallow bowl until well blended. Dip rim of glass in sugar water mixture, then into crushed candies to lightly coat.
  3. Fill cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice. Add white chocolate liqueur, half-and-half, vanilla vodka and peppermint extract; shake until well mixed and chilled. Strain into martini glasses. Serve immediately.


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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by McCormick. All opinions are always my own.


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  9. DessertForTwoposted December 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm Reply

    Yes! I can’t wait to make this! Santa isn’t getting a drop out of my glass!

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  13. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Ruleposted November 19, 2013 at 8:21 am Reply

    Gorgeous photos….and this looks like a must try! :)


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  16. Kathy Stegerposted December 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm Reply

    Pinned it :)

  17. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)posted December 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm Reply

    This looks absolutely fantastic! I love how festive these drinks are!

  18. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted December 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm Reply

    So pretty and fun! And, hey, I’d love to meet you in Kaui on the 2nd! ;)

  19. Rachel @ Baked by Rachelposted December 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm Reply

    I’m so completely not ready. Maybe one of these will ease the worry.

  20. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted December 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm Reply

    Amazon has been my savior this year, too. Love this minty cocktail!

  21. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted December 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm Reply

    I am feeling completely overwhelmed by the holidays this year. I will take 2 of these!

  22. [email protected] Food Ramblingsposted December 19, 2012 at 7:16 am Reply

    love that you ordered all your presents in one shot– very smart :)

  23. Kathy Stegerposted December 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm Reply

    What a beautiful and yummy looking cocktail. I love your blog and nominated you for the Liebster Award. You can find more info on my blog. :0)

  24. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted December 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm Reply

    How festive and fun, I love the rim!

  25. The Squishy Monsterposted December 18, 2012 at 8:54 pm Reply

    So festive + fun!!

  26. Juliaposted December 18, 2012 at 7:46 pm Reply

    This is so fun!! I love peppermint martinis and I think I just might have to make one for myself soon.

  27. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted December 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm Reply

    I am not a martini person, but this martini I would love! What fabulous combination of flavors!!! I want one now!!

  28. Karenposted December 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm Reply

    Your pictures are beautiful!

  29. carolinaheartstringsposted December 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm Reply

    What a yummy drink. I will have at least one!!!! Come and visit us this week. We are having a wonderful giveaway from a talented Southern author.

  30. Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted December 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm Reply

    LOVE this! SO festive and I love the crushed peppermint around the rim!

  31. Stacyposted December 18, 2012 at 6:44 pm Reply

    Cool…Creamy…Minty Finish…in a Martini? I’m so there, Sommer! Thank you for offering up this creative cocktail recipe. Santa, Baby…see what you do to us girls? And, yes…Amazon totally rocks. My order arrives tomorrow, LOL! Retweeted at Twitter…going to pin at Pinterest now…

  32. marlaposted December 18, 2012 at 6:36 pm Reply

    Such a pretty cocktail Sommer :)

  33. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted December 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm Reply

    I’m thirsty! And I love the pink sprinkles you rimmed the glass with – so festive & pretty!

  34. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted December 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm Reply

    i pinned this earlier today! LOVE

  35. Toni | Boulder Locavoreposted December 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm Reply

    Such a happy-making cocktail Sommer! Also glad to know I’m not the only one placing desparate orders on Amazon yesterday. There is something very odd about the pacing of this holiday season I am finding….

  36. Jen @ Savory SImpleposted December 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm Reply

    I saw this earlier on Pinterest and I’m so glad to finally check out the recipe! What a fabulous holiday drink.

  37. Anita at Hungry Coupleposted December 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm Reply

    I can stay nice and relaxed during the holidays if I’m sipping a continuous stream of these! :)

  38. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted December 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm Reply

    I’ve got some homemade Peppermint Schnapps in my brewing facility (OK, OK…garage) and it’s about ready for prime time. LOVE the idea of mixing it with white chocolate. This will be happening soon.

  39. Paula - bell'alimentoposted December 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm Reply

    I made a version of these this weekend. They’re just divine (and I totally did a hunk of shopping on Amazon this morning – signed up for prime just to be sure they got here in time LOL)

    • Sommerposted December 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm Reply

      I pretty much buy everything through my Amazon Prime account.

  40. RavieNomNomsposted December 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm Reply

    Ah!!! I want this right now! Looks so festive and amazing!

  41. Aggieposted December 18, 2012 at 11:52 am Reply

    Oh Sommer, these are so festive! Love them!

  42. Angieposted December 18, 2012 at 10:55 am Reply

    This looks perfect for the holidays! How delicious!

  43. emilyposted December 18, 2012 at 10:48 am Reply

    YUM! I came up with a similar cocktail recently for my husband and called it “the snowy dream”. I know, super cheesy, right? But it was delish & super festive! Happy Holidays!

    • Sommerposted December 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm Reply

      Emily, it’s not cheesy. It sounds like a restaurant cocktail name. :)

  44. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted December 18, 2012 at 9:01 am Reply

    Ummmm I just died.

  45. Carolynposted December 18, 2012 at 8:37 am Reply

    Yes, please! What else is there to say???

  46. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted December 18, 2012 at 8:35 am Reply

    I ordered most of my list from Amazon and today we are headed to the big town to finish up, when I get home this is what I want!

  47. Laurie {Simply Scratch}posted December 18, 2012 at 8:23 am Reply

    Yes, yes and Yessss!

  48. Rachel Cooksposted December 18, 2012 at 7:40 am Reply

    Love this! Especially the fun rim :)

  49. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted December 18, 2012 at 7:36 am Reply

    This looks fabulously delicious!

  50. DessertForTwoposted December 18, 2012 at 6:55 am Reply

    Move over Santa, this one is just for me! :)