White Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Cheers to another holiday season! Today we’re shaking up this gorgeous White Chocolate Peppermint Martini. It’s a deliciously sweet and creamy cocktail with a peppermint twist that’s perfect for your holiday party.

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini pinterest image

I don’t know about you, but I’m always excited about the holiday season. While I’ve already been spreading Christmas cheer, I thought today would be the perfect time to mix up this white chocolate peppermint martini.

I love challenging myself to think of new and creative cocktails. (You can find all of my Christmas cocktails here.) This libation came to mind after I had a peppermint white chocolate mocha at Starbucks. I had a hunch the flavor combination would translate well into a cocktail.

My fondness for peppermint is interesting because, in my younger years, I never understood its allure during the holiday season. Fast forward to now, and I’m such a fan of peppermint. Now that I’ve been converted, I especially love it paired with chocolate.

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Ingredients for a peppermint martini

White chocolate and peppermint belong together! Here’s how I achieve the flavors for this martini:

  • White Chocolate Liqueur: Godiva is my go-to brand, thanks to the creamy chocolate and vanilla flavor. If you can’t find that, use Mozart White Chocolate Liqueur. It’s wonderful too.
  • Vanilla Vodka: Vanilla vodka further adds to the creamy flavor. Absolut and Smirnoff both make vanilla vodkas that are fairly easy to find.
  • Crème de Cacao: White (clear) crème de cacao is what you want for this recipe, offering a slight cocoa bean flavor that’s not as syrupy as other chocolate liqueurs.
  • Half and Half: This adds an extra creamy texture to the martini. You can also substitute it with cream.
  • Peppermint Schnapps: The more peppermint schnapps you put in, the mintier it will be! Alternatively, you can use peppermint vodka for a more mild flavor.
  • White Chocolate Syrup and Crushed Peppermint: Instead of a sugar rim, I like to dip the glass in white chocolate syrup and then into crushed peppermints for a beautiful and festive-looking garnish.

Martini Glasses:

I might have a small obsession with martini glasses. I have a few different styles that I love.

Here are my go-to martini glasses including the one used here:

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini with a crushed candy cane rim

How to make a white chocolate peppermint martini

  1. To make this peppermint martini, start by preparing your glass. I rimmed my glass with white chocolate syrup (found in the coffee section at the supermarket) and then dipped it into crushed candy canes.
  2. Next, I poured the vanilla vodka and all the liqueurs into a cocktail shaker with ice, shook it up, and strained it into the glass.
  3. If you like things mintier, add more peppermint schnapps. Don’t have peppermint schnapps? Use peppermint vodka instead of white chocolate.
dipping martini glass into crushed peppermint
pouring liquor from a cocktail shaker into a martini glass

Frequently asked questions about peppermint martinis

How can I make a vegan peppermint martini?

Most peppermint schnapps, vanilla vodka, and white crème de cacao are naturally vegan. To replace the white chocolate liqueur, you can double up on one of the other ingredients or try an almond-based crème liqueur such as Bailey’s version.

Always check the label of the alcohol, as different brands may vary in being vegan-friendly.

Replace the half-and-half with a vanilla-flavored dairy alternative. Oat milk is a great choice because it’s naturally sweet.

For the rim, you can replace the white chocolate syrup by dipping the rim in one of the liqueurs, then dipping them in the crushed peppermint (most should be vegan).

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini on table

How can I crush candy canes?

You can use either peppermint candies or candy canes for the rim of your glass. To crush them, place them in a resealable, heavy-duty plastic bag. Place the bag atop a cutting board for safety, then use the smooth side of a meat tenderizer or a rolling pin to crush the candies to your desired size.

Pour them onto a plate, and they’re ready for dipping.

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini rimmed with crushed candy canes

That’s a Wrap on The White Chocolate Peppermint Martini!

No matter how you shake it up, this white chocolate peppermint martini will be a delicious sip for any get-together this time of year. It’s such a fun drink to serve after dinner for dessert or even on a cozy night. It tastes sweet and looks perfectly festive for your table spread.

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Cheers to you and a joyous holiday season!

White Chocolate Peppermint cocktail in a martini glass

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White Chocolate Peppermint Martini

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini

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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, cocktail, holiday, martini
Servings: 1 cocktail
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Cheers to another holiday season! Today we’re shaking up this gorgeous White Chocolate Peppermint Martini. It’s a deliciously sweet and creamy cocktail with a peppermint twist.


  • 1.5 ounces white chocolate liqueur - (Godiva)
  • 1.5 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1 ounce creme de cacao - (clear/white)
  • 1 ounce half and half
  • .5 ounce peppermint schnapps
  • White chocolate syrup and crushed peppermints to garnish


  • Begin by preparing your martini glass. Rim the edge of the glass with white chocolate syrup; then dip it into crushed peppermint candies or crushed candy canes. Set glass aside.
  • Add the white chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, creme de cacao, half and half, and peppermint schnapps to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and then strain into your prepared martini glass.


Nutrition Facts

Calories: 430kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 18mgPotassium: 37mgSugar: 39gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
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  • Sysie at

    I made something similar without creme de cacao and using peppermint extra and extra cream liqueur (Tipsy Cow vanilla soft serve flavor), and it worked great! Peppermint extract can be customized to taste preferences and you don’t need the extra peppermint liqueur that you might not use again. It also worked with melted white chocolate on the rim to make the crushed candy canes stick (like a peppermint bark garnish)! Just sharing ideas for fun. Beautiful pictures and drink!

    • Susie at

      using peppermint extract**

  • Eliza S. at

    Thank you for the recipe! Are white chocolate liqueur (Godiva) and creme de cacao kind of the same thing? Could I just use 2.5 ounces of one or the other for a very similar effect? Just trying to reduce the number of bottles to buy and store 🙂

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Not really. Godiva is a creamy liquor and creme de cacao is clear. They have different flavors too. You could get away without the creme de cacao.

      xo Michael

      • Eliza S. at

        Thanks, Michael!

  • Sabrina at

    a very nice cocktail, thank you!

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