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.
Servings 2 cocktails (makes 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) Candy Cane Vodka
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:
Pour plain vodka and vanilla vodka in a jar with a lid. Add 6 candy canes, broken up so the liquid covers them.
Allow to sit in a cool, dark location for 3-4 days, shaking periodically to mix any sediment into liquid.
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:
To make Candy Cane rimming sugar: place 2 candy canes in a chopper or blender and process into a granulated sugar. Rim cocktail glasses.
Add Candy Cane vodka, Crème de Cacao, Bitters and ice to a shaker; shake and strain into a rimmed cocktail glass
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.
Note on serving size: cocktail recipe makes 2 servings. Candy Cane Vodka makes 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces).
Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Sugar: 8g