Homemade Peppermint Vodka

Homemade Peppermint Vodka

Want a simple homemade holiday gift for your friends and family? The hardest part of the Homemade Peppermint Vodka is unwrapping the candy canes. Rumor has it you can find crushed candy canes, but I haven’t found them quiet yet. So, for now, I am the master of unwrapping ALL the candy canes.

Through out the year, I save empty liquor bottles. They’re perfect for treats such as these. Now a days, so many distilleries are using sturdy bottles that are great for reusing.

When you have to unwrap a few dozen candy canes, you learn to stream line your strategies. Believe it or not, there is a trick to unwrapping a candy cane. Right. No joke! Start at the straight end. Tear the end open and before you know it, the cellophane will start to unravel. So easy peasy.

As you unwrap the candy canes, snap off the curve so it will drop into the bottle much easier. I like to save the curves, crush them use them for cocoa toppings. Depending on the size of the bottle and the flavor you prefer, you can add as many as you like. I’ll typically use 10 regular sized canes for a fifth of vodka.

Once you have your canes in the bottle, just pour in the vodka and add the cork. It’s that simple. I like to try and keep the bottles as still as I can, until I deliver them. That way, they maintain their 2-tone appearance. If you’re going for effect, you could even fill them just before you deliver them.

Cocktail Ideas

Fireside Chocolate Martini

  • 1 oz. GODIVA Dark Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Peppermint Vodka
  • 1 oz. Cream
  • Shake with ice and serve in chilled martini glass with a crushed candy cane rim

Peppermint Martini

  • 2 oz. Peppermint Vodka
  • 3 oz. Cream
  • Shake peppermint vodka and cream in a shaker with ice. Serve in a crushed candy cane rim glass

Peppermint Patty Martini

  • 3 oz. Peppermint Vodka
  • 2 oz. Creme de Cacao
  • 1 oz. Kalua
  • Combine in a shaker with ice and serve in a chilled glass rimmed with crushed peppermint

Peppermint Betty

  • 2 cups Peppermint Vodka
  • 2 handfuls of mint leaves
  • 1 cup Half and Half
  • 1 cup B&B Brandy
  • Muddle the mint leaves in the bottom of a pitcher. Add in the remaining ingredients and chill until ready to serve. Garnish with candy cane and mint leaves.

Peppermint Cream

Simple and inexpensive gifts are sometimes the most fun and enjoyable gifts to share. Making such simple things like a bottle of Homemade Peppermint Vodka can be a delightful and fun way to share your holiday season. Hope everyone has a healthy and happy holiday season.

Homemade Peppermint Vodka

Recipe by Pantry and TableCourse: Happy HourCuisine: DrinksDifficulty: Easy
Prep time



Want a simple homemade holiday gift for your friends and family? The hardest part of the Homemade Peppermint Vodka is unwrapping the candy canes.


  • 1 Fifth Vodka

  • 10 Peppermint Candy Canes


  • Combine the ingredients in a jar or pitcher.
  • Allow the candy canes to dissolve.
  • Stir to combine.

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