A Delicious Cocktail to Make Your Holiday EXTRA Merry

Cheers! The holiday season is in full swing. Hanukkah begins this Sunday and Christmas is less than a week away. Whether you are patting yourself on the back for checking everything off your list early or madly trying to finish all your to-dos, enjoying one of these delicious Peppermint Chocolate Martinis will make your evening a little more jolly. Personally, I am looking forward to wrapping the remainder of our presents tucked away behind closed doors with a Peppermint Chocolate Martini in hand and an episode of The Crown streaming on my iPad.

I’ve served my signature Peppermint Chocolate Martini at holiday bunco parties (read more about that here), as a decadent adult-only dessert at December dinner parties, and as an elegant option to ring in the new year. Not only does it look fabulous, it tastes even better. The creamy chocolate and cool peppermint concoction will delight your guests and have them asking for seconds (and a copy of the recipe).

I based my recipe for Peppermint Chocolate Martinis on a similar recipe I found here. I originally spotted the peppermint vodka at Target a few years ago and thought it would be a great way to make a traditional chocolate martini a little more merry. This year it wasn’t available at Target, but I was able to find it at Total Wine and Safeway.

Peppermint Chocolate Martini

Serves 1


  • 1 1/2 ounces Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces Creme de Cacao
  • 1/2 ounce Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka
  • 2 1/2 ounce half-and-half
  • Chocolate Syrup


Swirl the chocolate syrup around the inside of a martini glass. Place a scoop of ice cubes into a shaker. Add the chocolate liqueur, creme de cocoa, peppermint vodka and half and half. Shake and pour into the prepared glasses.

Tips for serving a crowd: I use a plastic lidded pitcher like this when I’m making martinis for a crowd. I quadruple the recipe and pour a batch of martinis a few minutes before the guests are due to arrive so that I am able to spend time greeting everyone and making introductions without having to step away to prepare it prepare drinks. Once everyone has arrived I briefly step away to make a second batch in case anyone needs a refill before we start the game. Another option is to set up a cocktail station. Set out all of the ingredients and tools your guests will need to make their own cocktail and display a framed copy of the recipe for guests to follow.

Merry Everything!

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