Homemade Peppermint Vodka is the key to making the best minty fresh cocktails for the holidays. Infuse peppermint candies with vodka for a sweet spirit you can enjoy in a mixed drink or as a shooter. Makes a great Christmas gift!
When it comes to the holidays, there is one thing that stands out above the rest.
Sure, yes, the love and the charitable giving and the Christmas spirit. All of that, absolutely, of course. But… We’re on a food blog, remember? The best part of Christmas is the SWEETS.
From gingerbread houses decked out with hundreds of colorful candies to antique tins filled with Christmas cookies and peppermint truffles, I’m here to tell you that this is the season for us sweet tooths.
Everyone has a favorite Christmas candy, right? My grandmother adores a box of chocolates. My fiancé has a penchant for those orange-flavored chocolate oranges. And me?
You’re going to laugh at me, but mine is black licorice. In my family, we share a love for black licorice, and it’s my absolute favorite thing to find in the bottom of my Christmas stocking.
But when I was a kid, I loved candy canes. Those peppermint sticks were always such a treat!
I can’t say I’ve eaten many candy canes in the last few years beyond the crushed candy cane rim and garnish on this Peppermint White Chocolate Martini.
(I still love candy canes, I just never buy them because I’ll never eat them all!)
Homemade peppermint vodka recipe
Peppermint lovers can look to this Homemade Peppermint Vodka for a sweet liquor for cocktails and baking.
Infuse vodka with pieces of candy canes or starlight mints for a sugary, minty spirit that you can mix into all your favorite holiday drinks and desserts.
Its pink hue may look medicinal, but don’t forget that candy makes the world a better place this time of year!
Learning how to make peppermint vodka will just help you up your holiday cocktail game. It’s a dream mixed into this Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate.
How to make peppemint vodka
The steps for making your own peppermint vodka are easy ones!
First, you’ll throw peppermint candies into a plastic jar or bowl. I prefer glass so that the vodka doesn’t break down any plastic. Ceramic works too.
Then you’ll cover them with vodka and let them sit for a few hours. The vodka will instantly start turning pink if you’re using red-and-white colored candies, like this:
After a while, you can strain out any leftover pieces of candy. They might be in one hard clump in the bottom of your jar.
And voila! Peppermint vodka.
There are a number of ways you can use peppermint vodka.
What to make with peppermint vodka
While Homemade Peppermint Vodka can be great on its own as a shooter, you can also sub it for peppermint extract, peppermint vodka or peppermint schnapps in most recipes.
You can also use it in lieu of crème de menthe, but be mindful that your recipe would be a different color. But that might be fun if you are looking for a pink, candy cane version of grasshopper pie!
Peppermint recipes for the holidays
If there’s anyone in your life who loves peppermint at Christmastime, this Homemade Peppermint Vodka would make a great present.
Decant it into a mason jar or pop-top bottle and tie it with a red ribbon for a super sweet gift they’ll love all season long.
Like any candy fiend, your mint-loving friends will thank you!
What kind of vodka should you use?
If you already have a favorite vodka, go with that!
The best kind of vodka you can afford is going to give you the best taste for this Homemade Peppermint Vodka.
Check out my Vodka 101 guide for my favorite brands.
What brand of vodka should you use for peppermint vodka?
Cheap vodka is more likely to have that alcoholic smell and taste that’s not so nice to sip.
I usually use Tito’s for all my vodka cocktails, but even a mid-range bottle like Smirnoff or Absolut can do the trick.
What kind of peppermints should you use?
You’re going to want to use hard candy for the best results.
Those restaurant freebie starlight mints are what I used, but you could just as easily put together a batch of broken candy canes.
I mean, what else are you going to do with them?!
- 2 cups vodka
- 30 peppermint candies
- Fill a bowl or jar(s) with the peppermint candies. Top with vodka. Cover and let sit 4-5 hours, or overnight. For strongest flavor, let sit 3-4 days.
- Strain into a bottle, filtering out any candy particles. Discard any undissolved candy. Store in an airtight container.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 70Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g