Homemade Candy Cane Vodka and Candy Cane Cocktail

This simple, festive candy cane infused vodka has a surprisingly light, fresh result perfectly paired in the Candy Cane Cocktail with Creme de Cacao for a classic peppermint and chocolate libation.

Course Cocktails, Cocktail Syrup
Cuisine American
Keyword candy cane cocktail, candy cane martini, candy cane vodka
Prep Time 10 minutes
Infusing time 4 days
Total Time 4 days
Servings 2 cocktails (1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) Candy Cane Vodka
Calories 200 kcal
Author Toni Dash


For Candy Cane Infused Vodka:

  • 1 cup Vodka
  • ½ cup Vanilla Vodka , purchased or this DIY recipe
  • 6 6- inch Candy Canes

For Candy Cane Cocktail:

  • 3 ounces Candy Cane Vodka
  • 2 ounces Crème de Cacao , clear (no color)
  • Dash Angostura Bitters
  • 2 6-inch Candy Canes


To infuse the Candy Cane Vodka:

  1. Pour plain vodka and vanilla vodka in a jar with a lid. Add 6 candy canes, broken up so the liquid covers them.

  2. Allow to sit in a cool, dark location for 3-4 days, shaking periodically to mix any sediment into liquid.

  3. When ready to use, strain through 2 layers of cheesecloth to trap any sediment. Seal in a jar, store in a cool, dark location until using.

To make 2 Candy Cane Cocktails:

  1. To make Candy Cane rimming sugar: place 2 candy canes in a chopper or blender and process into a granulated sugar. Rim cocktail glasses.
  2. Add Candy Cane vodka, Crème de Cacao, Bitters and ice to a shaker; shake and strain into a rimmed cocktail glass

Recipe Notes

Candy cane types: I used the organic pink and white candy canes shown here. A reader cautioned against candy canes with green and red stripes as it created a dingy colored vodka. I suggest sticking with traditional red and white candy canes rather than alternative colored candy canes to keep the color festive and appetizing.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Candy Cane Vodka and Candy Cane Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 200
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 0g0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.