Peppermint Vodka Recipe

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Once you make this Peppermint Vodka Recipe and realize how delicious it is, you’ll make it year after year with your leftover candy canes.

DIY peppermint vodka in a glass jar and shot glass with candy canes on a Christmas placemat.

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What do I need to make this peppermint vodka recipe?

It only takes two ingredients to make this peppermint vodka recipe.

  • Since the vodka turns a pretty shade of pinkish red, you’ll want to use a glass jar rather than anything plastic. The plastic might discolor.
  • Candy canes. I used mini candy canes but you could break up regular-sized ones to fit into the jar.
Ingredients to make a peppermint vodka recipe sitting on a table.

Can I use starlight mints instead of candy canes?

You can absolutely use the round starlight mints to make this infused peppermint vodka! Adjust the number of candies because you may want to use a few more. If the flavor isn’t as pepperminty as you’d like, add more candies and let them dissolve.

Why you’ll love this recipe

This peppermint vodka recipe is so versatile. There are a number of cocktails you can make with it. Two of my favorite ways are adding some to hot chocolate or coffee. It’s a great way to warm up on a cold day.

Homemade peppermint infused vodka makes a great hostess gift for family and friends. Pour it into fancy glass bottles using a small funnel. Tie some festive ribbon around it with a gift tag and you have an instant gift!

The pretty color makes it ideal for wedding shower cocktails around the holidays.

What can I make with peppermint vodka?

Make a boozy peppermint milkshake. It’s delicious with both chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

Use it to make a candy cane martini, a shamrock martini, a peppermint mudslide, or create your own concoction.

Peppermint vodka in a shot glass and jar as viewed from overhead.

How do you store candy cane vodka?

Store this peppermint vodka or any homemade infused alcohol, such as this candy corn vodka, in the refrigerator for up to 4 months. Make small batches so you use it up more quickly and don’t have leftovers.

For peppermint lovers

If you love peppermint, peppermint chocolate crinkle cookies combine two classic flavors as do these chocolate peppermint truffles.

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Peppermint Vodka Recipe

Use homemade peppermint vodka to make a variety of cocktails all through the holiday season. It makes a great gift too.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Rest2 hours
Total Time2 hours 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 ounces


  • Glass jar with lid
  • Candy Canes


  • 12 ounces Vodka
  • 8 mini peppermint candy canes


  • In a clean jar with a lid, add the vodka. Add the candy canes to the vodka and put the lid on the jar.
  • Let the vodka sit for a couple of hours until the candy canes have dissolved.

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  1. 5 stars
    Great use of candy canes. I loved this delicious peppermint vodka recipe. My friends loved it at the party.

  2. 5 stars
    I love peppermint and I love vodka so the combination of the two is magic.
    I used to make candy bark with leftover peppermint candies, but not anymore!

  3. 5 stars
    What a fun and delicious idea! We loved it in our coffee after dinner. This will be perfect to make as homemade gifts this Christmas.

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