Thirsty Thursday: Candy Cane Martini

By: Kelsey Vala

Description or Caption: Cooking Channel Holiday Cocktail Party in glamorous jewel tones with a penguin motif and candy cane cocktials, bar snacks, hot chocolate, ornaments and champagne.

Photo by: Melanie Grizzel ©2012. Cooking Channel, LLC. All Right Reserved.

Melanie Grizzel, 2012. Cooking Channel, LLC. All Right Reserved.

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

It’s time to embrace the holiday “spirit” as our calendars count down the days until Christmas. Celebratory and decadent cocktails are the hallmark of a good holiday party, so put down that ‘nog and whip up a unique wintry concoction that will light up Rudolph’s red nose.

This Candy Cane Martini is a sweet and refreshing mixture of vodka, fresh ginger and mint leaves, and it is the perfect, festive way to kick off the holiday season. The crushed peppermint candy that rims the chilled glasses puts the final, Christmasy touch on this winter wonderland cocktail.

Here’s to some holiday cheer! Bottoms up, folks.

Recipes courtesy Darryl Robinson, Dr. Mixologist 2010

Ingredients:

  • Peppermints or small candy canes, for garnish, optional
  • Lemon or lime slices, for garnish, optional
  • Ice
  • 4 slices fresh ginger
  • Pinch fresh mint leaves
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) vodka
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) simple syrup*
  • Special equipment: Chilled cocktail glass

Directions:

Make garnish first: Place red and white candy canes or peppermint candies in a resealable plastic bag. Use a rolling pin or a can to pound until as fine as sugar. Place the pounded peppermint in a small plate. Rim the glass with a slice of lemon or lime and dip the rim into the peppermint. Chill the glass. 

Mix the ice, ginger, mint, vodka, and simple syrup with in a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain into the prepared chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with whole mini candy cane.

Note: Simple Syrup is made by combining one part sugar to one part water and stirring in small saucepan over medium heat until combined. Cool before adding to cocktail recipes.

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