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Dec 19

White Hot Chocolate Candy Cane Martini {Candy Cane Infused Vodka}

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Candy Cane Martini

I used to loooooooove martinis. I’d drink them all the time. It was my choice drink when going out. Then I had a kid and my tolerance level for alcohol dropped to -134.

And, really. No one likes a hangover. But no one likes a hangover less than a mom. It’s one thing when you can lay around in your PJs and eat pizza all day with a headache. It’s quite another when you add a kid to the mix. I learned early on that Mama Dorothy is a 1 drink, glass of wine girl.

But sometimes I miss martinis. I miss vodka. And…sometimes you get the urge to do stuff with Vodka…like introduce it to a new BFF…the candy cane.

Candy Cane Martini

Add some candy canes to a jar. Take some pretty photos.

Candy Cane Martini

Add in a bunch of little bottles of vodka {because you’re too cheap to spring for a whole bottle}. Remember when alcohol was actually affordable?

Oh, wait. That was also before I had a kid. #mankidsareexpensive

Wait a day or two. The vodka turns pink!

Candy Cane Martini

Pour it back into little bottles…and you have the perfect gift! You know, I’m actually kind of shocked that Smirnoff or whoever doesn’t have a specialty line of holiday Vodkas. Peppermint, Eggnog, Pumpkin. Or, maybe they do and my store doesn’t just carry them. It doesn’t matter though…making your own infused vodka is way more fun.

And so is making martinis at noon. The problem is….you have to wait to drink them until evening. Well…if you have a kid you do. Or should. Probably not everyone waits…

Mix the candy cane (chocolate) vodka with hot cocoa to make a white chocolate martini. Or…

Candy Cane Martini

It was pretty good plain too…although if I drank that whole thing of straight vodka…I probably wouldn’t want to look at another candy cane for a very, very long time. 😉

Candy Cane Infused Vodka

Candy Cane Infused Vodka


  • Candy Canes (3-4 per 2 cups of Vodka)
  • Vodka (Try using flavored vodka; I used chocolate vodka)
  • Large jar


  1. Break candy canes and place in the bottom of a jar. Pour vodka over candy cans and close jar. Let sit in refrigerator until candy canes have dissolved. (Mine dissolved overnight.) Package in mini bottles for a great gift!


I bought little bottles of vodka at a liquor store and then reused the bottles for gifting.

White Hot Chocolate Candy Cane Martini

White Hot Chocolate Candy Cane Martini


  • 6 ounces hot water
  • 3 tablespoons white hot chocolate mix (or your favorite mix)
  • 1 shot vodka (or more...)
  • Corn syrup or honey
  • 1/2 candy cane, crushed


  1. Place corn syrup or honey on a plate and dip a martini glass in it. Place crushed candy cane on another plate and rim the glass with the candy.
  2. Place all ingredients in a martini shaker with ice. Shake carefully and strain into martini glass. Enjoy responsibly.
  3. Serves 1.


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43 comments on “White Hot Chocolate Candy Cane Martini {Candy Cane Infused Vodka}

  1. I love that pink vodka. Hell, I’d take just the vodka and candy cane pretty pink vodka any day. That martini looks so good. I don’t drink anymore. Well, rarely. My Facebook says I lie, but I don’t. My nights out with alcohol are rare now.

  2. I think I saw pumpkin vodka during the Halloween/Thanksgiving time, but haven’t seen peppermint or eggnog. I’m going to have to find some white hot chocolate mix and make this drink stat! Perfect holiday treat!

  3. YES!!!!!!! And you are absolutely right. Hangover + Kids = So ridiculously awful.

  4. Oh yum. How cute are those little bottles. Pinning….

  5. The photos are stunning, Dorothy! The drink + the gorgeous photos = I’m very thirsty now!

  6. your photos are gorgeous! I’ve never had a martini – and I’m not a vodka fan – BUT…this looks like something I have to try!

  7. Re-gifting those little bottles is a genius idea…at age 22, I gave up vodka..something about it is so strong and causes the worst hangovers! I feel your pain.

  8. guess what?? my sister made candy cane infused vodka a few weeks ago, saving it for us on Christmas. Now I am even MORE excited!!!! i love martinis. :)

  9. OH my gosh! Look at that! You’re totally right, great mind do think alike! I was going to post mine today, but after I finished writing the post up yesterday I couldn’t wait to publish it. haha. I LOVE that White Hot Chocolate Candy Cane Martini! Since I just so happen to have some fabulous Candy Cane Vodka at the house I think I will be giving these a try… um.. TONIGHT! haha. Yay!! Love the crushed candy cane around the rim too!

  10. aw the good old days when you could actually hold your booze, those days are long long gone for me, but that’s okay, I promise to be the grandma that is always tipsy during the holidays, it should be fun;p

  11. How clever! I love it! (and i’m totally the same way about booze. Lil’ bottles all the way. Enough to make 1-2 cocktails with them, and no big investment!)

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  13. OH MY GOD. Can we start drinking already? And I mean now, not in like, five hours or something. Yes, I know it’s 8:30. Exactly my point. I need that damn martini!

  14. These look very, very good:) Man, I really wish I had some candy canes right about now. Guess the hubs will be making a stop at the store on the way home from work!

  15. OMG I’m in adult treat heaven! These look awesome. Merry Christmas sweetie, hope you and your family have an awesome holidays. hugs

  16. The worst thing that ever happened to me was having a hangover ONCE when Doodle was 2. OMG, never again. My tolerance went waaaaay down after I had a kid; ugh and I used to be so cool (?). I could definitely handle one of these martinis! SO awesome, Dorothy, and great pictures!!

  17. Holy cow! I want this in a bad way. Not only does it sound killer, but it’s so pretty! And pink! I have to do this. I heart martinis :)

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