So, we were trying to come up with a “candy cane” themed-drink for the December holidays that didn’t taste like mouthwash – too minty, with alcohol, sort of “sharp”. And here is what the mixologists came up with. The best part is bashing the candy canes (mini) into a salty/sugary sort of grainy dust beforehand. It’s very cathartic and refreshing in a way. Drink up!
Candy Cane Martini
1 oz. Vanilla vodka
1/2 oz. Peppermint Schnapps (so vile on its own, but here – a star!)
1/2 oz. simple syrup
Shot grenadine for color
4 candy canes
4 miniature candy canes (crushed in a Ziploc bag or between tea towels into fine sugar-like grains – nothing sharp!)
4 Maraschino cherries
Bash the mini candy canes – once you’ve done this, dip the rims of the martini glasses in a little lemon juice or lime juice and coat with crushed candy canes.
1. Pour all of the liquid ingredients into a shaker 1/2 full of clean and square ice cubes, cracked if you have ’em.
2. Shakety shakety shake shake!
3. Strain and pour into chilled martini glasses.
Garnish with a candy cane and a maraschino cherry with stem on.