White Christmas Martini


Celebrate the holiday season with my recipe for a White Christmas Martini. Garnished with a sparkly sugared rim, this cocktail is like an adults-only white chocolate milkshake in a martini glass. You’re going to love it.

White Christmas Martini:

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Whenever I’m celebrating a special holiday or occasion, I think it’s fun to concoct a signature holiday cocktail. Given that the holiday season is so long, having several seasonal recipes is a smart move.

How to Make a White Christmas Martini:

White Christmas Martini | inspiredbycharm.com

A few years ago I created this White Christmas Martini recipe and realized I never shared it here on IBC. Given that it’s one of my favorite holiday libations, I had to rectify that!

In addition to its creamy, chocolaty flavor, what I love about this martini is that it’s not Christmas specific. It’s enjoyable with an adorable mini candy cane garnish for the season, but this recipe will take you well into the winter months. It’s seasonal without being overly festive.

Grab your cocktail shaker and let’s mix one up.

White Christmas Martini | inspiredbycharm.com


As you will soon discover, this is cocktail that most people will love. The ingredients are simple and approachable.

If you’re hosting a large party, you can mix up this cocktail in advance. Increase the amounts of each ingredient and add everything to a pitcher. When guests are ready, they can just shake up a serving with ice and add it to their martini glass. It’s that simple.

If you liked this holiday cocktail, you’ll love these:

White Christmas Martini | inspiredbycharm.com

I hope you give this White Christmas Martini recipe a taste test. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

Also, if martinis are too strong for you, then be sure to check out my recipe for this delicious Cherry Almond Cocktail. It’s garnished with a chocolate dipped cherry. What’s not to love? Get that recipe here.

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

White Christmas Martini Recipe:

White Christmas Martini

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, cocktail, martini
Servings: 1
Prep Time 5 mins
Celebrate the holiday season with my recipe for a White Christmas Martini. Garnished with a sparkly sugared rim, this cocktail is like an adults-only white chocolate milkshake in a martini glass.


  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounce white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce white creme de cacao
  • 1 ounce half-and-half
  • Honey and coarse sanding sugar for rim garnish


  • Pour the honey into a shallow dish and put the sanding sugar in another shallow dish. Coat the rim of the glass in the honey; then dip the rim in the sugar to coat evenly. Set the glass aside.
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the vodka, white chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, and half-and-half. Shake vigorously and strain into the prepared martini glass.


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  • Kathleen at

    I usually host Thanksgiving and always do one signature cocktail. This isn’t very Thanksgiving’y but boy oh boy does it sound amazing. May just have to pretend it was the Pilgrim’s recipe. You’re my favorite blogger. Thanks for sharing!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You are too kind Kathleen! Thank you. And yes, you can totally make it work for Turkey Day! It would be the perfect after dinner cocktail with a slice of pumpkin pie.

      xo Michael

      • Denise at

        How would it work with crushed candy cane around the rim with the honey? Do you think ok?

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          Of course! That would be delish!

          xo Michael

  • Rio at

    Omg this looks absolutely decadent. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Susan Martin at

    I have been looking for white crème de cocoa and can only find clear. What do you use? love your blog! So glad I found it.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Susan, Yep! That’s what you want. 🙂 I use the same. And thanks so much, I’m so glad you found it too.

      xo Michael

      • Susan Martin at

        Thanks so much for answering!

  • Karen at

    Um, yah, Micheal! We’re all over this one! Thanks! And Cheers!

  • Lyndsay at

    What kind of cocktail shaker is this? I love it!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It’s called a Mason Jar Shaker. Just google it, you’ll find a few. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Karen Bissell at

    Love your blog and the Martini looks good

  • Cherrel at

    Would you post the recipe for making the larger quantity for a party. This will be perfect for my girls night.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I personally haven’t made it as a large batch. However, you could just multiple the ingredients by the number of people you’re serving. Hope that helps!

      xo Michael

  • PB at

    Sounds lovely! But could you suggest a sustitute for the honey? Honey is just so messy!

  • Debra Julin at

    I wish people would post reviews once they make it…..looks beautiful. Has anyone tried, how is it?

    • Jean at

      I just made it. It is similar to a White Russian but more chocolate and the honey on the rim is a very nice touch.

  • Patti M at

    I made these for friends this weekend and they are delish and my guests loved them – ended up making several batches!!! Added a candy cane garnish – so festive.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Fabulous idea!! Cheers!

      xo Mihael

  • Cayla at

    I actually didnt have half and half and used baileys coffee creamer. Turned out amazing!!

  • Natalie Travers-Smyre at

    Oh my! These are amazing!! Every year we look for a signature cocktail for the Christmas season. This year I choose this martini. Sooooo good! I used red sugar sprinkles for the rim and sprinkled a few in the drink once poured. We even used this recipe for our sons engagement party drink.

  • Jen Alexander at

    Could you use fat free half and half? Wanting to lighten it up!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You can use whatever you’d like. However, I can’t guarantee the results using different ingredients.

      xo Michael

  • dianne cramp at

    so this recipe is for one only?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      The recipe makes one cocktail. Feel free to double, triple, etc for more. Cheers!

      xo Michael

  • Jeff Canupp at

    Is this recipe gluten free? Planning to serve at our family Christmas.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m not completely versed in what’s gluten-free. You can check the recipe ingredients and see if they work for your families’ dietary needs. Cheers!

      xo Michael

  • Karen at

    Made these for the first time last year…..oh my oh my oh my!! Actually had new bottles of all the ingredients and was in a crunch for a party gift exchange. Threw them in a festive bag, added Michael’s printed recipe on a card and a shiny shaker and HO HO HO…. the perfect gift! Except then I had to go out and buy the ingredients all over again. 🙂

    We are having them again this year, just me and the hubs. Merry Christmas Michael and friends! YOU ARE AMAZING!!

  • Kristen at

    We made these yesterday for pre- Christmas dinner cocktails. They were amazing! When we ran out of crime de cacao, we substituted Kahlua and it was delicious as well! I have one question – where can I get those beautiful martini glasses???

  • anna hudson at

    I was reading a novel by Lori Wilde called THE CHRISTMAS DARE they were having a party and the bartender was making these drinks. the ingredients were mentioned but not amounts. I went to Google and WALLA. I found the recipe and can’t wait to try it. thank you so much

  • Cindi at

    This was awesome! But instead of using sugar I use powdered sugar.

  • Theresa at

    Somehow missed the chocolate liqueur when I wrote my list. I got the vanilla vodka and the creme de cacao. Think it would be still good if I use 3 oz of the creme de cacao?

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