Peppermint Espresso Martini

Celebrate the season with this delicious Peppermint Espresso Martini. Cheers, friends! It’s Day 12 of the 12 Days of Christmas.

Peppermint Espresso Martini | #IBCholiday

This is a bittersweet day for me. While I have a delicious cocktail recipe, today marks the end of this fun and festive 12-day adventure. (For those of you who can’t get enough of IBC, please don’t worry. I’ll be posting holiday inspiration straight through to the big day! (At that point, I will probably sneak in a little break.)

As a delicious and festive send off for 12 Days 2015, I thought a coffee-inspired holiday cocktail would be appropriate. That’s why today’s recipe is for a Peppermint Espresso Martini.

Peppermint Espresso Martini | #IBCholiday

Peppermint Espresso Martini | #IBCholiday

I’m a big fan of espresso martinis, so adding a seasonal twist to this cocktail just made sense. Plus, I figured that around the holidays you might need a festive little pick-me-up.

How to Make an Espresso Martini with Peppermint:

This cocktail is so simple to make. To start, brew a shot of espresso.

Peppermint Espresso Martini | #IBCholiday

Then, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha, vodka, a splash of cream, and the espresso you just brewed.

Peppermint Espresso Martini | #IBCholiday

Shake it all up and pour it into a beautiful martini glass rimmed with crushed candy cane. That’s it!

Peppermint Espresso Martini | #IBCholiday

Typically espresso martinis do not have cream. However, I like cream in my coffee, so a splash in my martini made it perfect. Plus, I also love the creamy mocha color it creates.

Peppermint Espresso Martini | #IBCholiday

I should also let you know that when rimming the martini glass, I found that honey works best to get the candy cane pieces to stick. You can even toss some coffee beans into the martini if you’d like.

Let’s shake one up!

Peppermint Espresso Martini | #IBCholiday

Espresso Martini with Peppermint:

Peppermint Espresso Martini

Makes 1 drink

Here's what you will need:
1.5 parts Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha
1 part vodka
1 freshly brewed espresso
Splash of cream, optional
Crushed peppermint candy cane (or peppermint hard candy) and honey to garnish

Begin by rimming your martini glass in honey. Let any excess drip off. Then, dip into the crushed peppermint pieces. Set aside.

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add the Kahlúa, vodka, espresso, and cream. Shake vigorously until combined and cold.

Pour the cocktail into the prepared martini glass and enjoy!


Beautifully decadent, right?

Peppermint Espresso Martini | #IBCholiday

(BTW, I really like photographing martinis. I’m not sure why, but they always look so pretty. What do you think?)

Peppermint Espresso Martini | #IBCholiday

If you like espresso and martinis, be sure to give this a try. If you don’t like peppermint with your coffee, use regular Kahlúa and skip the peppermint rim to make a classic Espresso Martini.

A huge thanks to all of you who’ve followed along these past twelve days. Whether you’ve commented here or on social media, shared a post on Pinterest, or are visiting a year later, I can’t tell you how much your interaction means to me. This series is my way of spreading holiday cheer and giving back to all of you. I hope you enjoyed it! I’m going to start emailing giveaway winners this weekend. Good luck to all who entered.

Thank you again! Merry Christmas!!

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  • Arturo at

    Spot on ith this write-up, I really believe that this
    site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably
    be back again to read more, thanks for the advice!

  • Pat Schwab at

    Hi Michael, I really loved following your 12 Days of Christmas fun. You have such a beautiful home. Thanks, Pat S

  • Richella Parham at

    I love Nespresso (we’ve had a Pixie for several years now), and I’m a huge fan of KitchenAid (every appliance in my kitchen is KitchenAid!)–but I had no idea they’d gotten together and produced a beautiful child. What a cool looking espresso maker! Thank you for the chance to win.

    Your blog is so beautiful. You obviously love photographing much more than just martinis, although I agree they look beautiful in their gorgeous glasses. Thank you so much for sharing all your lovely inspiration so freely. May God bless you this Christmas and always.

  • girlfromwva at

    I enjoy your blog so much. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

  • Peggy Gorman at

    Love everything you did to decorate ,the colors and then this amazing beverage! Thank you for sharing your beautiful and festive home. Merry Christmas!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Peggy!!

      xo Michael

  • Lisa at

    P.S. Give some thought to doing a Christmas Room Makeover for one of your readers next year – Please?! And have a very Merry Christmas!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I would love to do that! Great idea. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Lisa at

    A perfect ending to a fun 12 days! If I could just snap my fingers and make this martini appear right now! It looks delicious.. There isn’t anything better than coffee and peppermint -oh – and a bit o’ the hard stuff!

  • Lisa at

    I loved every one of the 12 Days posts and am sad that it’s over! I wanted to tell you that I LOVE the gifs you sneak in here and there. ?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awe! Thank you! I wasn’t sure if anyone actually noticed them. Haha!

      xo Michael

  • Heather C at

    another good drink to try, I’m going to be an alcholic before the season is over, but I shall be merry Thanks for the 12 days of Christmas. Hope you have a Merry one.

  • Lindsey at

    I have to make these tonight!

  • joeyfromsc at

    This drink looks delicious & festive.

    I can’t believe your 12 days are over lol.. I enjoyed it SO much. Your blog always inspires me. Thanks for being so generous this season & giving us the chance to win amazing prizes too.. Merry Christmas!!

    Joey J

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