Candy Cane Swirl Cocktail Recipe

This candy cane cocktail recipe makes the most delicious festive drink for the holiday season! It’s perfect for celebrating Christmas with family and friends.

Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe

A candy cane swirl has been our signature holiday cocktail for years! It’s absolutely delicious and perfect around Christmas time.

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This Christmas moscow mule is another cocktail that is perfect for this time of year. With holiday parties just around the corner, these recipes are sure to become some of your favorite holiday cocktails!

What is a cocktail?

A cocktail is typically a mixed drink with hard alcohol as the base with the addition of sweetened liqueurs and garnishes. This one is delightfully festive with the addition of candy cane flavours.

Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe

Christmas cocktail recipes are surprisingly easy to create and fun to make during the holidays! I think that a candy cane swirl adds the perfect pop of color and holiday cheer to any Christmas event.

More holiday drink recipes:

Be sure to check out these 20+ Best Christmas Cocktails too!

Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe

How to garnish a holiday cocktail:

  • Add lime slices to the rim of the glass.
  • Create the cranberry garnish by simply dropping cranberries on the top of this cocktail. Fresh cranberries float and are a great way to add a pop of color to your drinks!
  • Fresh rosemary placed into the swirl makes a great addition to the taste and texture of this drink.
  • Serve with a candy cane or even add a dash of peppermint extract!
Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe

Variations for holiday cocktail recipes:

  • Experiment with different liquour flavours!  Try adding fresh lime juice, or oranges to this recipe.  
  • Replace the cranberry juice with apple cider to create a yummy apple cocktail recipe.
  • Use Vodka infused with lemon, lime or oranges for an even richer citrus kick to this recipe.  
  • Ginger ale or simple syrup can be added to this recipe for more sweetness and carbination.
  • Pomegranate seeds could be used instead of candy canes.
Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe

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Some of my kitchen essentials for cocktails:

Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe Process

Candy cane swirl recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Vodka
  • Cranberry juice
  • Grenadine
  • Peppermint schnapps
  • Splash of Spite or 7Up
  • Ice cubes
  • Crushed candy canes or mini peppermint candy cane for garnish
Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe Process
Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe Process
Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe Process

Instructions:

1. Dip the rim of the glass in water and then in the crushed candy canes.

Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe Process

2. Over ice, mix together Vodka, grenadine, schnapps and cranberry juice.

Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe

3. Add a splash of soda and mini candy cane for garnish.

Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe

Be sure to add this yummy peppermint flavored cocktail to your next holiday party! Check out our Elf Party shenanigans where we regularly serve this drink.

Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe

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Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe

Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

This candy cane cocktail recipe makes the most delicious festive drink for the holiday season! It's perfect for celebrating Christmas with family and friends.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 3 oz cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz grenadine
  • 1/2 oz peppermint schnapps
  • Splash of Spite or 7Up
  • Ice cubes
  • Crushed candy canes or mini peppermint candy cane for garnish

Instructions

1. Dip the rim of the glass in water and then in the crushed candy canes.

2. Over ice, mix together Vodka, grenadine, schnapps and cranberry juice.

3. Add a splash of soda and mini candy cane for garnish.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 286Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 0gSugar: 35gProtein: 0g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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