Peppermint Chocolate Cocktail

Earlier this year, for my husband’s birthday, I made a peppermint vodka to surprise him with a special cocktail. He loves peppermint. The peppermint vodka is from Katherine’s blog, Love in my Oven, one of my favorites.

The cocktail she presented using the peppermint vodka was a peppermint chocolate cocktail, using crème de cacao. When he tasted the cocktail, he said it tasted like Christmas, so I thought I’d share Katherine’s recipe before the holidays!

One thing she recommended was to rim the cocktail glass in crushed candy canes, which I thought was a wonderful idea! Except that I couldn’t get them to work, so I settled on pearl sugar.

Peppermint  Vodka

2 cups vodka
5 peppermint candy canes, broken in two
One drop of red food coloring, optional

In a clean jar, place the candy canes in the vodka and stir occasionally until they dissolve. Store in a dark place for up to 3 days, then use in the following cocktail, or create your own. I didn’t use the red food coloring just because I think the pink is really pretty!

Peppermint  Chocolate  Cocktail
Serves 1

4 ounces peppermint vodka
2 ounces clear crème de cacao

Combine the two ingredients and shake with a bit of crushed ice.

Strain and pour into a glass.

Rim with crushed candy canes if desired; let dry slightly before filling the glass with the cocktail. If you’re able to…

Make a small pitcher of this cocktail if you’re serving multiple purpose. The ratio of 2 to 1 is an easy one!

By Published On: November 15th, 202139 Comments on Peppermint Chocolate Cocktail

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. Jeff the Chef November 15, 2021 at 7:08 AM - Reply

    Who knew that you could dissolve candy canes in vodka! What a cool idea. And yes, so Christmassy!

    • chef mimi November 15, 2021 at 7:40 AM - Reply

      It’s very very pink, but tasty. Also strong. My husband ignored the fact that these were pure alcohol….

  2. Charlie DeSando November 15, 2021 at 8:32 AM - Reply

    Looks really good. I’ll add to my holiday rotation!

    • chef mimi November 15, 2021 at 11:27 AM - Reply

      The author suggests a little red food coloring so it’s not so pink! Plus, crushed peppermints on the rim, but mine wouldn’t stick!

  3. Jovina Coughlin November 15, 2021 at 8:47 AM - Reply

    so pretty and perfect for the holidays.

    • chef mimi November 15, 2021 at 11:26 AM - Reply

      Thanks! I’m just not a peppermint person, so I added more creme de cacao. Much better!

  4. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen November 15, 2021 at 9:00 AM - Reply

    This sounds amazing! All you need is a blazing fire to complete the mood!

    • chef mimi November 15, 2021 at 11:25 AM - Reply

      Definitely! We always have one here. Well, it’s gas logs!

  5. Hannah Kaminsky November 15, 2021 at 9:52 AM - Reply

    Ohh now this is my kind of drink! I love mint chocolate and that color is so beautiful. This could be dangerous in my hands.

    • chef mimi November 15, 2021 at 11:25 AM - Reply

      It’s very pink, but I don’t like using food coloring!

  6. Ron November 15, 2021 at 10:04 AM - Reply

    Boy Mimi, a couple of your peppermint chocolate cocktails would certainly give me some holiday spirit.

    • chef mimi November 15, 2021 at 11:25 AM - Reply

      Right. That’s what happened to my husband!

  7. BERNADETTE November 15, 2021 at 10:40 AM - Reply

    Thanks for sharing Mimi. I love the photo of the peppermint sticks seeping in vodka.

    • chef mimi November 15, 2021 at 11:24 AM - Reply

      Thanks! I’m amazed they “melted” without having to warm the vodka!

  8. Anonymous November 15, 2021 at 12:45 PM - Reply

    Beautiful, festive cocktail and such pretty glassware.

  9. Laura November 15, 2021 at 3:48 PM - Reply

    So lovely, Mimi! this sounds like a totally delicious cocktail, I feel like it would make a great dessert!

    • chef mimi January 9, 2022 at 7:35 AM - Reply

      It’s probably good for a digestive!

  10. November 15, 2021 at 4:19 PM - Reply

    Too cool the way the peppermint melts – pure alcohol would not set right with me. Very pretty though and i love the glasses!

    • chef mimi January 9, 2022 at 7:35 AM - Reply

      Glasses are from Amazon!!!

  11. Katherine | Love In My Oven November 15, 2021 at 9:33 PM - Reply

    Ah, thank you so much for making and sharing Mimi!! It looks lovely. I love the pearl sugar! This drink definitely tastes like Christmas :)

    • chef mimi January 9, 2022 at 7:34 AM - Reply

      You bet! It’s really good, and I’m really not a huge peppermint fan!

  12. Sherry M November 15, 2021 at 10:48 PM - Reply

    how cute mimi. i love peppermint too. your blog looks different?? bigger type? different size columns? or am i just imagining it? anyways looks good. cheers!

    • chef mimi January 9, 2022 at 7:34 AM - Reply

      I had to go to a previous blog theme because wordpress doesn’t care about updating and making sure things are working properly. I’ve lost a lot of control over fonts and so forth, but finally decided to pay professionals to help. I’m still waiting…

  13. terrie gura November 16, 2021 at 3:15 PM - Reply

    Whoa, I’ll bet the sweetness from the candy canes makes these go down reeeeal easy! It’s very pretty and so festive!

    • chef mimi November 16, 2021 at 6:27 PM - Reply

      My husband realized after the fact that these did go down really easy! Dave! They’re pure alcohol!

      • Terrie Gura December 3, 2022 at 11:53 AM

        Hey, I made these last night and they were so fun!! I didn’t find your blog post in time so I messed up and infused the crème de cacao rather than the vodka (which worked fine), but I did remember the 2:1 ratio. Added several drops of chocolate bitters to knock off some of the intense candy sweetness. They were a hit! 🎄

      • Chef Mimi December 4, 2022 at 10:17 AM

        Oh nice! Creme de cacao sounds better, really!!!

  14. ponzoblogs November 17, 2021 at 9:40 AM - Reply

    I wrote all about it on my latest blogpost

  15. kitchenriffs November 17, 2021 at 9:54 AM - Reply

    Fun drink! And nice that I can make peppermint vodka in just a few days. Neat cocktail — thanks.

    • chef mimi November 18, 2021 at 9:23 AM - Reply

      I’m not sure why it really needs to sit for a few days, once the peppermint sticks dissolve…

  16. For the Love of Cooking November 17, 2021 at 11:58 AM - Reply

    I have a feeling I would really like this drink.

    • chef mimi November 18, 2021 at 9:22 AM - Reply

      It’s pretty tasty!

  17. Linger November 18, 2021 at 11:22 AM - Reply

    This is truly a festive cocktail! I think I will have to make these for when we decorate our tree. Also, what a novel idea to infuse the vodka with peppermint sticks. Love it!

    • chef mimi January 9, 2022 at 7:32 AM - Reply

      And it works so well! A perfect way to add peppermint flavor to vodka.

  18. Ben | Havocinthekitchen November 19, 2021 at 12:34 PM - Reply

    I am not a huge fan of vodka, but I am definitely into peppermint and candy cane flavours here. It looks and sounds so festive! Loving your glasses, too.

    • chef mimi November 19, 2021 at 2:30 PM - Reply

      Thanks, Ben!

  19. Valentina November 28, 2021 at 10:24 PM - Reply

    It’s hard to say what is more fun, the cocktail or those awesome glasses! Beautiful all around. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Mimi. :-) ~Valentina

    • chef mimi November 29, 2021 at 6:02 AM - Reply

      Hahaha! And I got the glasses on amazon!

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