I admit it. I finally succumbed to the infusing-vodka-with-candy madness that’s been going around. I’m not proud, but it was too easy not to do it. There were a few stray candy canes, some lonely vodka and a clean glass jar hanging around, begging for attention.
I justified it by arguing – in my head, of course – that I wouldn’t have gotten around to eating those last few candy canes anyway; the vodka would have sat untouched for another 6 months; the jar needed to serve a practical function or else get tossed into the recycling bin; and a candy cane vodka would really just be peppermint vodka, which wasn’t too bizarre (ahem, candy corn vodka), and had to taste great in some sort of cocktail.
And it did taste fantastic in this one. Like a grownup peppermint milkshake of sorts. Except then I had to go and name it a “snowtini,” which sounds so frou-frou I’m not sure I’d ever order it off a cocktail menu.
But it’s delicious. It would have been perfect for a girls night. But Kelsey, Katie and I all decided to go and get sick, so we’ve had to raincheck that twice this month.
Luckily, I caught Kelsey during the brief period after I was deadly ill and before she caught the same bug, so I served these up at the game night we had with our significant others last Friday. They went down a bit faster than we expected. Beware: small, tasty, alcoholic, milkshake-ish drinks might catch you by surprise!
Candy Cane Snowtini
Substitute “parts” for “ounces,” and this will make 1 cocktail. But it’s the holiday season, so round up and invite some friends!
2 parts Candy Cane Vodka (recipe below)
1 part simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, boiled until sugar dissolves)
1/2 part heavy cream
crushed candy cane for coating rim of martini glass (I mashed mine in a plastic bag, using the bottom of a small pan as a hammer)
crushed ice (optional; see Note in recipe below)
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice (or leak-proof water bottle, if you’re resourceful like me), mix Candy Cane Vodka, simple syrup and cream together. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
If you’re coating the rim of martini glasses, flip the glass upside down and dip 1/8-inch of the rim into either water or simple syrup. Immediately dip into crushed candy cane to coat the rim. Flip glass so it’s upright again. Note: you may want to fill the glass with crushed ice for guests not used to drinking cocktails, or for a more “snowy” effect.
Strain creamy candy cane cocktail into the glass, and serve cold.
Candy Cane Vodka
Makes 2 cups
3 c. vodka
5 full-size candy canes
Combine vodka and candy canes in airtight container, breaking candy canes as needed to fit in container and remain fully covered by vodka. Shaking periodically, set aside until candy canes completely dissolve, about one day. Do ahead: stored in an airtight container at room temperature, Candy Cane Vodka will keep for up to 6 months, although it may not really be “in season” any longer!