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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 (makes 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.

Note on serving size: cocktail recipe makes 2 servings. Candy Cane Vodka makes 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces). 

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.