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.
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.
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).