Peppermint Bark Martini: The Ultimate Guide

Indulge in the festive spirit with a glass of Peppermint Bark Martini. This guide offers everything from the classic recipe, best ingredient choices, to creative garnishes. Learn how to perfect this sweet, creamy, minty and chocolatey cocktail, ideal for holiday celebrations.

Ready to unveil the magic behind crafting this enchanting cocktail? Continue reading as I share essential tips and tricks to master this holiday favorite. >>>>>

What is Peppermint Bark Martini?

Peppermint Bark Martini is a delightful cocktail that captures the essence of the holiday season in a glass. It is a smooth blend of Vanilla Vodka, Peppermint Liqueur, White Chocolate Liqueur and cream, creating a flavor reminiscent of the classic peppermint bark candy. This cocktail is often garnished with crushed peppermint candy and chocolate syrup, enhancing its visual appeal and taste. It is the perfect choice for holiday celebrations, offering a sweet, creamy, and minty experience. With its elegant presentation and festive flavors, the Peppermint Bark Martini is more than just a drink—it is a celebration in a glass.

Flavor Profile

What are the Tasting Notes of Peppermint Bark Martini?

The Peppermint Bark Martini is a harmonious blend of creamy, sweet, and minty flavors. The Vanilla Vodka lays a smooth, sweet base, while the Peppermint Liqueur adds a refreshing, minty kick. The White Chocolate Liqueur brings in a creamy, cocoa note, making each sip a festive celebration. This cocktail is a liquid embodiment of the beloved peppermint bark candy, offering a delightful sip of the holiday season.

Easy to Drink?

Is Peppermint Bark Martini Beginner-Friendly to Drink?

Peppermint Bark Martini is an easy-to-drink cocktail, its smooth and creamy texture glides effortlessly on the palate making it an inviting choice for beginners and seasoned cocktail enthusiasts alike. However, its sweet and dessert-like quality might not appeal to everyone, especially those who prefer less sweet or more traditional cocktails. Its minty freshness combined with a creamy base makes it a distinct choice, perhaps an acquired taste for some, yet a delightful discovery for others.


What are the Ingredients in Peppermint Bark Martini?

Crafting the quintessential Peppermint Bark Martini requires a handful of core ingredients:

  • Vanilla Vodka: 2 oz (approximately 60 ml)
  • Peppermint Liqueur: 1 oz (approximately 30 ml)
  • White Chocolate Liqueur: 1 oz (approximately 30 ml)
  • Cream: 1/2 oz (approximately 15 ml)
  • Crushed Peppermint Candy for garnish (glass rim)
  • Chocolate Syrup for garnish (glass rim and to create a layered or swirl effect in the glass)

These ingredients come together to create a cocktail that’s rich in flavor, creamy in texture, and visually enticing.


What’s the Perfect Ratio of Ingredients for a Balanced Peppermint Bark Martini?

A balanced Peppermint Bark Martini adheres to a ratio that ensures a harmonious blend of its core flavors. The recommended ratio is:

2:1:1:0.5 ratio of vanilla vodka, peppermint liqueur, white chocolate liqueur, and cream

This ratio ensures that the vanilla and peppermint notes shine through without being overwhelmed by the creamy and chocolatey elements, delivering a well-rounded cocktail experience.

Best Ingredients

How to Choose the Best Ingredients for Peppermint Bark Martini?

Choosing the right ingredients is pivotal in concocting the perfect Peppermint Bark Martini. Here’s my guide to selecting the finest:

  • Vanilla Vodka: Opt for a premium brand known for its smooth and authentic vanilla essence. It’s the foundation of your cocktail and quality matters.
  • Peppermint Liqueur: Look for a liqueur with a clear, refreshing peppermint taste. Avoid overly sweet or artificial tasting brands.
  • White Chocolate Liqueur: Select a liqueur that offers a rich, creamy chocolate flavor without being too overpowering.
  • Cream: Fresh, full-fat cream will add a luxurious texture to your cocktail.
  • Crushed Peppermint Candy and Chocolate Syrup: These garnishes add the finishing touch, so choose brands that offer genuine flavor.


How Can You Substitute the Main Ingredients in Peppermint Bark Martini?

  • Vanilla Vodka: Regular vodka with a few drops of high-quality vanilla extract or syrup. Alternatively, chocolate or peppermint flavored vodkas would add even stronger chocolatey or minty taste.
  • Peppermint Liqueur: Peppermint Schnapps or Crème de Menthe of various brands, colors and flavor profiles.
  • White Chocolate Liqueur: Try different brands and types of chocolate liqueur and Crème de Cacao—transparent and creamy, white and brown.
  • Cream: Full-fat or half-and-half milk. Dairy-free creamer or even coconut milk for a vegan alternative.

Feel free to experiment to find the blend that suits your taste!


What Can You Mix With Peppermint Bark Martini?

While the classic Peppermint Bark Martini is delightful on its own, a dash of coffee, milk or a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream could add a fun twist.


How Much Does Peppermint Bark Martini Cost?

Creating a Peppermint Bark Martini at home is quite economical with the cost per serving ranging from around $3 to $6 based on your choice of brands. On the other hand, enjoying this cocktail at a swanky bar could set you back anywhere between $12 to $15.

Tools & Equipment

What Equipment Do You Need to Make Peppermint Bark Martini?

To whip up a Peppermint Bark Martini, you’ll need:

  1. Cocktail Shaker: Essential for blending the ingredients to a smooth consistency.
  2. Jigger: For accurate measurement of liquids.
  3. Martini Glass: To serve your cocktail in style.


  • A tightly sealed mason jar can substitute for a cocktail shaker.
  • Use measuring spoons or a regular measuring cup if a jigger is not available.


What are the Steps to Make Peppermint Bark Martini?

Creating a Peppermint Bark Martini is a straightforward process that entails the following steps:

  1. Decorate Your Glass: Prepare your martini glass by dipping the rim into melted chocolate or chocolate syrup, followed by crushed peppermint candy. Optionally, you can also drizzle the chocolate into the bottom of the glass and/or across its sides for additional decorative effect and flavor.
  2. Chill Your Glass: Place the glass into a freezer for about 10-15 minutes so it chills and the chocolate decorations stick better to its surface.
  3. Measure: While your glass is chilling, use a jigger to measure and pour the vanilla vodka, peppermint liqueur, white chocolate liqueur, and cream into a cocktail shaker.
  4. Add ice: When the glass is done chilling, add ice into the shaker.
  5. Shake Well: Cap the shaker and give it a vigorous shake for about 15-20 seconds to ensure the ingredients are well-blended and chilled.
  6. Pour: Strain the mixture from the shaker into your rimmed and chilled martini glass. If desired, you can create a layered or swirl effect by carefully layering the white mixture from the shaker with brown chocolate syrup or liqueur.
  7. Garnish: Garnish to taste, for example with a drizzle of chocolate syrup, for a festive look and a touch of extra sweetness.
  8. Serve: Your Peppermint Bark Martini is ready to be enjoyed!

Shake or Stir?

Should You Stir or Shake Peppermint Bark Martini?

The Peppermint Bark Martini benefits from a good shake. Shaking not only chills the ingredients rapidly but also helps in blending the cream well with the other ingredients, creating a smooth, frothy texture which is desirable in this cocktail.

Beginner Friendly?

Is Peppermint Bark Martini Beginner-Friendly to Make?

Peppermint Bark Martini is a beginner-friendly cocktail. Its preparation does not require any complex techniques, making it a good choice for home bartenders looking to expand their cocktail-making repertoire.


How to Store a Peppermint Bark Martini?

Peppermint Bark Martini is best enjoyed fresh. However, if needed, the mixed ingredients (minus the garnishes) can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. It is advisable to give it a good shake before serving again.


How to Prepare Peppermint Bark Martini for a Group?

For larger gatherings, you can pre-mix a batch. Simply multiply the ingredient quantities by the number of servings you need. Mix the ingredients in a large pitcher or jug, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve. When it’s party time, prepare your garnished glasses, give the mixture a good shake in batches, and pour it in.


Cocktails Similar to Peppermint Bark Martini

The Peppermint Bark Martini is a sibling of many similar dessert cocktails. Here are some of my favorite variations:

  • Candy Cane Martini:
    Festive cocktail tribute to the classic candy cane, created by combining peppermint and white chocolate liqueurs with vanilla vodka. Keep the color palette white and red, just like a candy cane.  The red color comes from fruit juice, syrup, liqueur or food coloring. Rim and garnish with candy canes. Interested? Check out my Candy Cane Martini recipe.
  • Classic Peppermint Martini:
    Use plain vodka, leave out the cream, and garnish only with crushed peppermints and fresh mint leaves. This is a simpler concoction retaining the peppermint theme that offers a less sweet but more refreshing, minty and alcohol-forward kick. Usually colorless, white or green. Find out more in my Ultimate Guide to Classic Peppermint Martini.
  • Peppermint White Russian:
    Replace vanilla vodka with plain vodka and add a splash of coffee liqueur.
  • Chocolate Mint Martini:
    Swap vanilla vodka for chocolate vodka, and add a hint of mint bitters.
  • Peppermint Patty Martini:
    Replace vanilla vodka with chocolate vodka. Optionally, add some hot cocoa or hot chocolate, and perhaps even a little bit of cognac. Garnish with whipped cream, dusting of cocoa powder, and a piece of peppermint patty. And voila – a liquid ode to the peppermint patty candy.
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Martini:
    To emulate the look and taste of mint chocolate chip ice cream, use chocolate vodka, creamy green peppermint liqueur, and chocolate garnishes. For example, you can decorate the inside of a glass with chocolate syrup, rim the glass with melted chocolate, and sprinkle some chocolate shavings on top. You can even add some mint chocolate chip ice cream into the shaker or the finished cocktail.

Feel free to get creative and mix and match ingredients or garnishes to discover your own favorite rendition of the Peppermint Bark Martini! How? Try different types of vodka, experiment with various chocolate or cream liqueurs, adjust the ratios to suit your taste, and get creative with the garnishes.

If you like this cocktail, you will love my other sweet dessert-like martini recipes!


How to Serve a Peppermint Bark Martini?

Presentation is key to elevating the drinking experience. Traditionally, a Peppermint Bark Martini is served in a chilled martini glass, rimmed with crushed peppermint candy, and garnished with a drizzle of chocolate syrup on top of the finished cockail, and sometimes also inside the glass to create a swirl effect.


What Type of Glassware is Best for Peppermint Bark Martini?

The ideal glassware for a Peppermint Bark Martini is a martini glass. Its wide bowl and long stem allow for optimal viewing of the cocktail’s aesthetics and release of its aromas, while keeping the drink chilled as you hold it.

  • Pros: Showcases the cocktail’s visual appeal, maximizes the release of its aroma, and maintains the drink’s chill.
  • Cons: Can be fragile and spill-prone; not ideal for casual settings.

Criteria to consider when choosing the most appropriate serving glass include the occasion, the cocktail’s aesthetics, and personal preference. Other suitable alternatives include a coupe glass for a vintage feel or a rocks glass for a casual setting.


What is the Best Way to Garnish a Peppermint Bark Martini?

Garnishing is a blend of art and taste. For the Peppermint Bark Martini, the classic garnish is a rim of crushed peppermint candy and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. This not only enhances the visual appeal but also adds a hint of extra flavor with each sip. But there are may other exciting ways to garnish this festive cocktail.

Creative Garnishes: What are the Creative Ways to Garnish a Peppermint Bark Martini?

Unleash your creativity with garnishes! Here my top 10 ideas:

1. Peppermint Bark:
– A small piece of peppermint bark candy on a cocktail pick makes for a delightful garnish.
– Rim the glass with crushed pieces of peppermint bark.

2. Candy Canes:
– Hook a mini candy cane on the rim of the glass for a festive touch.
– Crush candy canes into fine pieces and rim the glass with them.

3. Chocolate:
– Drizzle chocolate syrup in a pattern inside the glass before pouring the cocktail.
– Rim the glass with melted chocolate and then dip it into crushed peppermint candy, sprinkles or chocolate shavings.
– Garnish with a piece of chocolate, chocolate shavings, chocolate sprinkles, or a chocolate-covered mint leaf.

4. Fresh Mint:
– A sprig of fresh mint can add a refreshing aroma and a burst of color.
– Muddle fresh mint in the shaker or even at the bottom of a glass.

5. Edible Glitter:
– A sprinkle of edible glitter can add a magical touch, especially for holiday celebrations. (Did you know that you can even buy edible gold stars?)

6. Whipped Cream:
– A dollop of whipped cream with a sprinkle of crushed candy, sprinkles, chocolate shavings, or a drizzle of syrup can make the cocktail extra indulgent.

7. Edible Flowers:
– Edible flowers can add a beautiful, elegant touch to your cocktail.

8. Colorful Sprinkles:
– Rim the glass with colorful sprinkles for a playful and whimsical effect.

9. Coconut Flakes:
– Rim the glass with coconut flakes for a snowy effect and a hint of tropical flavor.

10. Cocoa Powder:
– A dusting of cocoa powder on top can add a rich depth of flavor.

Each of these garnish ideas can add a unique touch to your Peppermint Bark Martini, making it not only delicious but also visually stunning. Feel free to mix and match or come up with your own creative garnish ideas to make the cocktail your own!


What Is the Best Way to Chill Peppermint Bark Martini?

The Peppermint Bark Martini does not require ice in the glass, but using ice in the shaker is crucial to achieve a chilled, well-mixed cocktail. Chilling is achieved by shaking the cocktail ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker vigorously for about 15-20 seconds. This process not only cools the mixture and properly combines its ingredients, but also adds a slight dilution, which is essential for balancing the cocktail and achieving a smooth texture.

No Ice

Can You Serve Peppermint Bark Martini Without Ice?

Yes. Peppermint Bark Martini is traditionally served without ice in the glass to maintain its creamy consistency and full flavor profile.

Serving Suggestions

When is the Best Time to Drink Peppermint Bark Martini?

This cocktail is a fabulous choice for holiday gatherings or winter celebrations, thanks to its festive look and flavors. It is perfect for sipping beside a roaring fire in the evening or as a delightful conclusion to a holiday meal as dessert.

The Peppermint Bark Martini is a hit at Christmas parties, New Year’s Eve celebrations, or any festive occasion during the winter season. Its sweet, comforting flavors make it a crowd-pleaser, adding a touch of luxury to the celebration.

Food Pairing

What Are The Best Food Pairings For Peppermint Bark Martini?

The dessert-like character of Peppermint Bark Martini pairs splendidly with sweet treats and chocolates. Try it alongside a rich chocolate cake, a platter of assorted cookies, or a slice of classic New York cheesecake. For a savory contrast, a charcuterie board with sharp cheeses and salty cured meats can also complement the sweet and minty notes of this cocktail beautifully.

Dietary Restrictions?

Non-alcoholic Recipe

Enjoy the flavors of the festive season without the alcohol with this virgin version:

  • 2 oz (60 ml) non-alcoholic vodka
  • 1 oz (30 ml) peppermint syrup
  • 1 oz (30 ml) white chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) heavy cream or non-dairy creamer
  • Garnish with crushed peppermint candy and chocolate syrup as desired

Sugar-free Recipe

Indulge in a lighter version by replacing traditional ingredients with sugar-free alternatives:

  • 2 oz (60 ml) plain vodka
  • 1 oz (30 ml) sugar-free peppermint syrup
  • 1 oz (30 ml) sugar-free white chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) unsweetened creamer
  • dash of sugar-free vanilla extract or syrup

Keto Recipe

Is Peppermint Bark Martini Keto or Low-Carb?

The classic Peppermint Bark Martini is not keto-friendly due to the sugar content in the liqueurs and syrups. However, a keto version can be made with a few substitutions.

Low-Carb Keto Peppermint Bark Martini Recipe

  • 2 oz (60 ml) plain vodka
  • 1 oz (30 ml) sugar-free peppermint syrup
  • 1 oz (30 ml) sugar-free white chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) heavy cream
  • dash of sugar-free vanilla extract or syrup

Vegan Recipe

Is Peppermint Bark Martini Vegan?

The classic recipe is not vegan due to the use of cream, but it can easily be adapted with a dairy-free creamer.

Vegan Peppermint Bark Martini Recipe

  • 2 oz (60 ml) Vodka (vegan)
  • 1 oz (30 ml) peppermint liqueur (vegan)
  • 1 oz (30 ml) white chocolate liqueur (vegan)
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) dairy-free creamer
  • Dash of vanilla extract or syrup (vegan)


Is Peppermint Bark Martini Gluten-free?

The classic recipe should be gluten-free, just ensure all alcohol and syrups used are certified gluten-free, as some brands may contain gluten.


Embark on a festive cocktail adventure with the Peppermint Bark Martini. Crafting this sweet, minty concoction is a fun endeavor, and sharing it with friends is even better. Give it a whirl, and don’t forget to share your mixology exploits with me on the social media channels.

Peppermint Bark Martini Recipe

Peppermint Bark Martini Recipe

Festive Peppermint Bark Martini—a sweet, creamy and minty blend of Vanilla Vodka, Peppermint Liqueur, White Chocolate Liqueur and cream, with a garnish of crushed peppermint candy and chocolate syrup—peppermint bark candy in a cocktail glass.
Total Time 5 minutes
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  • 1 Cocktail shaker
  • 1 Measuring jigger
  • 1 Martini glass


  • 2 oz Vodka (ideally vanilla flavored)
  • 1 oz Crème de menthe (any peppermint liqueur or schnapps)
  • 1 oz Creme de cacao (white chocolate liqueur)
  • ½ oz Heavy cream (or full-fat milk)
  • Peppermint candy (for rim and garnish)
  • Chocolate syrup (for rim and garnish)


  • Decorate Glass: Dip the rim in chocolate syrup, then in crushed peppermint candy. Optionally, drizzle chocolate inside for extra flair.
  • Chill Glass: Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes to chill glass and set the chocolate.
  • Measure Ingredients: In a shaker, pour vanilla vodka, peppermint liqueur, white chocolate liqueur, and cream.
  • Add Ice: Fill shaker with ice once glass is chilled.
  • Shake Well: Shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds to blend and chill ingredients.
  • Pour: Strain into your chilled glass. Layer with chocolate syrup for a swirl effect if desired.
  • Garnish: Drizzle more chocolate syrup on top or add your choice of garnish.
  • Serve: Enjoy your Peppermint Bark Martini!



Calories: 383kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 0.4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 6mgPotassium: 14mgSugar: 20gVitamin A: 208IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 0.04mg
Calories: 383kcal
Cost: $5
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