A peppermint martini is minty, cool, and refreshing. It can also be a sweet treat that replaces dessert. Whether making them for yourself or serving them at your next cocktail party, these 11 best peppermint martini recipe options are sure to please.
- Best Minty Martini Recipes
- 1. Chocolate Peppermint Martini
- 2. Peppermint Espresso Martini
- 3. Peppermint Bark Martini
- 4. White Chocolate Peppermint Martini
- 5. Peppermint Vodka Martini
- 6. Peppermint Mocha Martini
- 7. Rum Chata Peppermint Bark Martini
- 8. Peppermint Mocha Espresso Martini
- 9. Peppermint Rum Chata Martini
- 10. Smirnoff Peppermint Martini
- 11. Gin Peppermint Martini
- Bottom Line
Best Minty Martini Recipes
1. Chocolate Peppermint Martini
Do you know those candies with mint cream that are covered in a layer of luscious chocolate? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have one of those in the form of a velvety martini that slips effortlessly past your lips? This Chocolate Peppermint Martini is it!
This creamy, sweet treat starts with chocolate liqueur, peppermint schnapps, and half & half or heavy cream that’s blended together with ice in a cocktail shaker. Before you pour, make sure to garnish your glass with a rim of crushed mint candies.
2. Peppermint Espresso Martini
This Peppermint Espresso Martini is a great way to welcome the holiday season. Mint-flavored coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua Peppermint Mocha, offers that nice, rich espresso flavor, but this martini recipe also adds freshly brewed espresso to take it up a notch. Don’t forget the vodka, and also remember to dip the rim of the glass in crushed peppermint candies before serving this minty, delicious martini.
3. Peppermint Bark Martini
This is one of the best mint martinis to kick off the holidays. It tastes so much like the quintessential holiday candy that you might even forget that there’s alcohol in it. Rum Chata is what gives it the creaminess, and schnapps, creme de cacao, and heavy cream add layers of flavor.
Combine all the ingredients together in a shaker with ice, and shake until nice and creamy. To prepare your martini glass, melt some white chocolate chips and carefully dip the rim into the melted chocolate. Next, take some candy canes you’ve crushed using a rolling pin and dip the white chocolate-edged glass into the candy.
The final step? Pour, sip, and enjoy!
4. White Chocolate Peppermint Martini
These minty cocktails taste as good as they look, plus they’re easy to make, although they look super fancy. Start by preparing your martini glasses with a rim dipped in marshmallow cream, followed by crushed candy canes.
Next, prepare the masterpiece by combining vanilla vodka, peppermint schnapps, and white chocolate liqueur with some in a cocktail shaker. Fill your glass and enjoy this fun, festive drink.
5. Peppermint Vodka Martini
The martini with vodka is a classic, but this holiday-flavored version is perfectly refreshing (although we don’t recommend garnishing this one with an olive or lemon twist!). Peppermint vodka sets the stage, along with a little white chocolate liqueur and half & half. This drink isn’t as heavy as some of the other martinis on our list, so it’s perfect when you’re looking for something festive but not quite so sticky-sweet.
6. Peppermint Mocha Martini
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This is one of those drinks that both looks and tastes like dessert in a glass. Just be careful if you want seconds because this cocktail packs a powerful alcohol punch!
Start by preparing your martini glasses. The recipe didn’t tell us to do it his way, but we started with a bottle of chocolate sauce and then drizzled it into each of the glasses. Then, we put them in the freezer until the chocolate got nice and cold. Once the glasses were well-chilled, we dampened the rim and dipped them in peppermint candies that had been crushed.
Once that’s out of the way, it’s time to combine both espresso vodka and vanilla vodka with chocolate liqueur and peppermint schnapps over ice. Shake well and strain into each glass. If you don’t want to fuss with the crushed peppermint candies, a simple mini candy cane hung over the edge of the glass would work just as well.
7. Rum Chata Peppermint Bark Martini
The flavors of Rum Chata are wonderful. There’s a bit of spice, vanilla, sweetness, and the richness of rum. We like to take advantage of the great flavors that Rum Chata puts out, that’s great for the winter season.
This martini recipe combines those wonderful flavors of Rum Chata Peppermint with vanilla-flavored vodka. That’s it. Just those two ingredients and you’ve got a fun, tasty cocktail that’s perfect for serving at any gathering.
8. Peppermint Mocha Espresso Martini
We promise that if you serve this peppermint martini to friends, it will be one of those cocktails that they’ll ask for every time you host a gathering. This cocktail looks elegant in a martini glass and isn’t heavy or creamy.
Vodka and Kahlua are the two main components. The mint flavor comes from minty syrup, but we think you’d be able to substitute a little creme de menthe if you can’t find (or don’t want to make) the syrup. Freshly brewed espresso cuts through the sweetness, and creme de cacao adds the chocolatey elements.
Skip the candy cane garnish and add a couple of espresso beans instead.
9. Peppermint Rum Chata Martini
Is there anything that Rum Chata can’t do? We love how it partners with just peppermint schnapps to make a luscious peppermint martini. This recipe is so simple it’s almost ridiculous, but we’re not going to complain. Instead, we encourage you to make an entire pitcher of these and serve them at your next party. Set out a tray of peppermints and white chocolate candies to go along with them.
10. Smirnoff Peppermint Martini
Smirnoff makes a peppermint vodka that just begs to be used in easy recipes that make an amazing visual and taste impact, like this one. This is a Chocolate Covered Cherry Peppermint Martini, and if that sounds like a clash of flavors to you, we ask you to put the judgments aside and try it – because it’s amazing!
This is a layered martini, so you’ll need to practice your layering technique. Set out your martini glass, and then carefully add in layers of shaken and chilled grenadine, chocolate liqueur, and Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka. This is one of those recipes that’s sure to impress your guests, but who says you can’t make this just for yourself?
11. Gin Peppermint Martini
Who says regular vodka should have all the fun when it comes to peppermint martinis? A really good botanical gin pairs nicely with mint in the martini recipe. Gin, dry vermouth, and peppermint schnapps are the three ingredients you need for this drink. Some ice, a cocktail shaker, and your favorite martini glasses are also important components! A simple drink with minimal prep time.
Is peppermint liqueur the same as peppermint schnapps?
No, they’re not exactly the same. Peppermint schnapps is a clear grain spirit with mint flavoring added. Peppermint liqueur, such a green creme de menthe, is more viscous, richer, and sweeter. You can substitute one for the other, but the taste will be different.
Can peppermint schnapps replace peppermint vodka?
Peppermint schnapps and vodka are different, but if you’re in a pinch, you can substitute one for the other. Just know that the taste of the overall drink is going to be a bit different. Peppermint schnapps tends to have a stronger mint flavor than vodka. Adding extra ice to your drink can help dilute the sharp minty flavor that schnapps has.
Say cheers with a minty martini, and start planning for the holiday season ahead! Check back with us often for more great curated lists of incredible cocktails and more.