Vegan Peppermint Martini: The Ultimate Guide

Master Vegan Peppermint Martini with this definitive guide—everything from essential ingredients to expert secrets for crafting the perfect drink. Learn how to choose the right ingredients, tools, garnishes and glassware, experiment with variations, and even find the ideal food pairings to elevate your cocktail experience.

Whether you’re a seasoned mixologist or a cocktail novice, we’ll cover all you need to create this perfect fusion of minty freshness and velvety smoothness. Trust me, you won’t want to miss out on what comes next—I’ve got a treasure trove of tips to help you become a Vegan Peppermint Martini maestro!

What Is a Vegan Peppermint Martini?

Vegan Peppermint Martini is a plant-based take on the classic cocktail that offers a blend of invigorating mint flavor and creamy texture. Composed of vegan vodka and peppermint liqueur, combined with dairy-free creamer like coconut cream, it is typically shaken, then served in a martini glass, and garnished with a mint leaf or peppermint candy. Perfect for holiday celebrations, this martini is a versatile choice that pairs well with savory tapas as well as desserts.

The cocktail has gained traction as an ethical alternative, resonating with both vegan audiences and those seeking a new, refreshing twist on a classic.

Flavor Profile

How Does Vegan Peppermint Martini Taste Like?

Vegan Peppermint Martini offers a multi-layered flavor profile. As you sip, the initial burst of peppermint cools the palate, seamlessly blending into the smooth and creamy notes of vanilla and coconut cream. A subtle sweetness from agave syrup rounds out the taste experience, making it a well-balanced cocktail.


Is Vegan Peppermint Martini Easy to Drink?

Regarding its drinkability, this martini is remarkably easy on the palate, making it suitable for both cocktail enthusiasts and beginners alike. It is not an acquired taste and generally appeals to a wide audience, except for those who may not favor sweet and minty flavors.


What Are the Classic Core Ingredients in Vegan Peppermint Martini?

Vegan Peppermint Martini is made from 4 basic ingredients: vegan vodka, peppermint liqueur, coconut cream and agave or vanilla syrup. In addition, you should get some ice cubes for chilling the drink and garnishes like fresh mint leaves and vegan peppermint candy.

  • Vegan Vodka: 2 oz (60 ml)
  • Vegan Peppermint Liqueur: 1 oz (30 ml)
  • Coconut Milk: 1 oz (30 ml)
  • Agave or Vegan Vanilla Syrup: 0.5 oz (15 ml)
  • Ice Cubes: About a cup
  • Fresh Mint Leaves: For garnish and optionally also to muddle at the bottom of the shaker – or even the serving glass
  • Vegan Peppermint Candy: Crushed to rim the serving glass


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

A good rule of thumb to follow when making a Vegan Peppermint martini is:

Vegan Vodka: Peppermint Liqueur: Coconut Milk: Agave Syrup = 4:2:2:1

This ratio ensures that the vodka and peppermint flavors dominate, while the coconut milk adds creaminess, and the syrup brings a touch of sweetness.

Best Ingredients

How to Choose the Best Ingredients for Vegan Peppermint Martini

Picking the right ingredients can make or break your cocktail. Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of “what was I thinking?” moments.

  • Vegan Vodka: Opt for a high-quality vodka that is certified vegan.
  • Vegan Peppermint Liqueur: Go for a brand that is known for its strong peppermint flavor. Lower-quality liqueurs tend to be too sugary and will not give you that proper peppermint kick. And again, as with all of the ingredients for this recipe, certified vegan.
  • Coconut Milk: Choose a full-fat, organic coconut milk for that rich, creamy texture.
  • Agave or Vegan Vanilla Syrup: Light syrup works best because it is neutral and does not overpower the peppermint.
  • Ice Cubes: If possible, go for purified or filtered water ice cubes to avoid any “off” flavors.
  • Vegan Peppermint Candy: High-quality peppermint candies are best for garnishing because they are typically less sugary and offer more natural minty taste.
  • Mint Leaves: Choose the most vibrant green mint leaves, the fresher the better.


Can You Substitute the Main Ingredients in Vegan Peppermint Martini and How?

So, you’ve run out of peppermint liqueur or coconut milk? No problem, there are some easy swaps you can make:

  • Vodka: Can be replaced with gin for a more botanical twist.
  • Peppermint Liqueur: A few drops of peppermint extract, you can even mixed it with a small amount of rum or other spirit to add more complexity. Alternatively, you can muddle some fresh mint in the shaker or even the serving glass.
  • Coconut Milk: Almond milk or oat milk can serve as decent replacements but the result will not be as creamy.
  • Agave Syrup: Vanilla syrup, maple syrup or simple syrup are good substitutes.


What Can You Mix with Vegan Peppermint Martini?

Want to jazz up your Vegan Peppermint Martini even more? Here are some mixers that can add a whole new dimension:

  • Sparkling Water: For a bubbly twist.
  • Lime Juice: A dash can add some citrusy brightness.
  • Chocolate Syrup: For a peppermint bark taste and look.
  • Red-colored Syrup or Juice: For a candy cane look and added fruit flavor.


How Much Does a Vegan Peppermint Martini Cost?

On average, making a Vegan Peppermint Martini at home can cost between US$5 to US$15 per cocktail, depending on ingredient quality. If you opt for this cocktail at a bar, anticipate spending around US$12 to US$20. For those on a budget, consider more affordable vegan vodka brands and store-brand peppermint liqueur. By making cost-effective substitutions, you can enjoy this delicious drink without breaking the bank.


What Equipment Do You Need to Make a Vegan Peppermint Martini?

Creating the perfect Vegan Peppermint Martini isn’t just about the ingredients; you’ll also need the right tools to bring it all together. Let’s dig into what you’ll need and some nifty alternatives for those who might not have a fully stocked cocktail set.

  • Essential  bar tools for crafting this cocktail include a cocktail shaker for mixing your ingredients, a jigger for precise measurements, and a strainer to separate the ice from your drink. A martini glass adds the final touch for presentation, and if you like to add a bit of fresh mint, a muddler will be your best friend.

Household Substitutes

If you don’t have these specialized tools, no worries! You don’t need fancy gadgets to make a killer Vegan Peppermint Martini.

  • You can substitute with items you likely already have at home. A well-sealed mason jar can serve as a makeshift cocktail shaker. If you don’t have a jigger, a measuring cup or even measuring spoons can do the trick. In place of a strainer, a mesh strainer or a slotted spoon should work just fine. As for the martini glass, any glass you have on hand will suffice. If you need to muddle mint but don’t have a muddler, the back of a spoon can get the job done.

So, no matter your budget, you can craft the perfect Vegan Peppermint Martini.

1. Cocktail Shaker: For mixing all your ingredients to perfection.

  • Kitchen Substitute: A well-sealed mason jar can serve as a makeshift shaker.

2. Jigger: To measure out your vegan vodka, peppermint liqueur, coconut milk, and agave syrup accurately.

  • Kitchen Substitute: Use a measuring cup or spoons.

3. Strainer: To separate the ice from your cocktail.

  • Kitchen Substitute: A standard mesh strainer or even a slotted spoon can work in a pinch.

4. Martini Glass: Because presentation matters!

  • Kitchen Substitute: Any glass will do; it’s the drink that counts!

5. Muddler: For those who like to add fresh mint to the mix.

  • Kitchen Substitute: The back of a spoon can crush mint just fine.


Steps to Make a Vegan Peppermint Martini

To make a Vegan Peppermint Martini, start by chilling a martini glass using your preferred method. In a cocktail shaker, combine vegan peppermint liqueur, vodka, coconut cream, and agave syrup. Shake vigorously and strain the mixture into your chilled glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint to elevate the flavors. If you are looking for ingredient alternatives, you can substitute coconut cream with almond milk and agave syrup with vanilla syrup. This cocktail is best served in a martini glass for an elegant presentation.

Creating a Vegan Peppermint Martini is like a small ceremony that rewards you with a delicious drink. Here’s how:

  1. Chill your martini glass (for example in the fridge, freezer or with ice).
  2. Rim the glass with crushed peppermint candy (optional).
  3. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice.
  4. Measure and pour the vegan vodka, peppermint liqueur, coconut milk, and agave syrup into the shaker.
  5. If you are using fresh mint, muddle it at the bottom of the shaker before adding the other ingredients.
  6. Seal the shaker and give it a good shake.
  7. Carefully strain the shaken mixture into the chilled glass.
  8. Garnish with fresh mint.

 Stir or Shake?

When it comes to Vegan Peppermint Martinis, shaking is the way to go. It not only mixes the ingredients thoroughly but also adds a frothy texture that complements the creamy coconut milk.

Home Bartenders

Is it Beginner-Friendly?

Absolutely! Making a Vegan Peppermint Martini is beginner-friendly. One of the joys of this cocktail is its simplicity. Even if you’re a novice, you can pull this off. The steps are straightforward, and there’s room for little tweaks to make it your own.


Best Way to Store Your Cocktail

If you find yourself with leftover Vegan Peppermint Martini, store it in an airtight container in the fridge. It is best enjoyed within 24 hours to maintain its fresh taste and texture.


Preparing for a Party or Group

Hosting a party and want to impress with Vegan Peppermint Martinis? Pre-mix a large batch of the liquid ingredients and store it in a pitcher in the fridge. When it’s party time, shake individual servings with ice and pour into chilled martini glasses.


Cocktails Inspired by Vegan Peppermint Martini

Martini has inspired a delightful array of variations. Here’s a list of my favorite variations, complete with ingredients and garnish options:

Classic Vegan Peppermint Martini

  • Ingredients: Vegan vodka, peppermint liqueur, coconut milk, agave syrup
  • Garnish: Fresh mint leaves, optional candy cane

Peppermint Cosmo

  • Ingredients: Vegan vodka, peppermint liqueur, triple sec, cranberry juice
  • Garnish: Lime twist, optional cranberry skewer

Chocolate Peppermint Martini

  • Ingredients: Vegan vodka, peppermint liqueur, chocolate liqueur, chocolate syrup
  • Garnish: Chocolate shavings, optional chocolate syrup rim

Vegan Candy Cane Martini

  • Ingredients: Vegan vodka, peppermint liqueur, grenadine
  • Garnish: Candy cane, optional red sugar rim

Spicy Peppermint Martini

  • Ingredients: Vegan vodka, peppermint liqueur, sliced jalapeño, lime juice
  • Garnish: Jalapeño slice, optional salt rim

Coconut Mint-tini (Tropical)

  • Ingredients: Vegan vodka, peppermint liqueur, pineapple juice, coconut cream
  • Garnish: Pineapple slice, optional coconut flakes on rim

From the classic to the experimental, these variations offer something for every palate.


Create Your Own Vegan Peppermint Martini Riff

Feeling creative? The Vegan Peppermint Martini offers a playground for experimentation.

  • Fruit: Incorporate fruit juices, or even fresh fruit, to alter the flavor profile. It could be citrus, berries or tropical fruits.
  • Herbs and Spices: While peppermint is the star, don’t be shy to muddle in some basil, thyme, or even a slice of ginger for a different aromatic experience.
  • Alternative Sweeteners: Swap out agave syrup for vanilla syrup, maple syrup, simple syrup, or a flavored simple syrup to add a new dimension.
  • Different Base Liquors: Who says you must stick to vodka? You can experiment with rum, gin, or even a smoky mezcal for an entirely new flavor profile. If you can get your hands on a flavored vegan vodka or gin, especially those infused with vanilla or peppermint, that would also be a good option.
  • Different Liqueurs: There are different types of peppermint liqueurs with different flavors, colours and densities. You could also try a different liqueur – like chocolate, vanilla, coconut, or even red fruit.
  • Texture Game: Use almond milk for a nuttier texture or go full luxury with a touch of vegan cream. Also, different liqueurs and syrups have different textures.
  • Chocolate: You can play with vegan chocolate, classic or white, in the form of a liqueur, syrup or real melted chocolate.

Remember, mixology is an art. Don’t hesitate to bring your own flair to your Vegan Peppermint Martini.


How to Serve a Vegan Peppermint Martini

When it comes to cocktails, presentation is almost as important as taste. A well-presented Vegan Peppermint Martini can be a visual feast, setting the tone for the flavors that await.


What is the Best Glass – and Some Alternatives?

  • Martini Glass: The traditional choice for any martini, vegan or otherwise.
    • Pros: Showcases the color and allows for easy sipping.
    • Cons: The wide mouth can lead to spills.
  • Coupe Glass: A vintage alternative to the martini glass.
    • Pros: Adds a classic touch, less spillage.
    • Cons: Holds less liquid.
  • Highball Glass: A modern, casual alternative.
    • Pros: Holds more liquid, less spillage.
    • Cons: Not as elegant.

Criteria to Consider:

Stability, visual appeal, and how the glass feels in your hand are all worth considering when selecting your ideal Vegan Peppermint Martini glass.

Best Choice:

The classic martini glass is generally your best bet for a Vegan Peppermint Martini. Its design complements the cocktail’s elegance and presentation.


The best way to garnish a Vegan Peppermint Martini is with a sprig of fresh mint or a small vegan candy cane to enhance the peppermint theme. Place it delicately in the glass, making sure it doesn’t overpower the visual aspect of the cocktail.

Creative Garnishes: Jazz It Up!

There’s no sugarcoating it – I can go a little bit crazy when garnishing my Peppermint Martinis. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Chocolate Rim: Before dipping the glass rim into crushed peppermints, first wet the glass rim with chocolate syrup, chocolate liqueur or even melted chocolate.
  • Chocolate Shavings: Sprinkle shavings of vegan chocolate on top of the cocktail.
  • Coconut Flakes: Sprinkle coconut flakes on top for a tropical twist.
  • Swirl or Layers: Layer the cocktail in the glass with a green, red or brown liqueur or syrup to create a swirl effect, just like a candy cane.
  • Peppermint Skewer: Place a small skewer of peppermint candies in the glass.
  • Color: Play around with the color of the cocktail by using different liqueurs, syrups, juices and food colorings. It could be clear, white, red, green, brown, their combination, or any other color you can imagine!

With the right glassware and garnish, your Vegan Peppermint Martini isn’t just a cocktail – it’s a full experience.


How to Achieve the Perfect Chill

When crafting a Vegan Peppermint Martini, the choice of ice is key. Cube ice is recommended as it provides the right balance between chilling and dilution; filling your shaker two-thirds full is the sweet spot. It is essential to shake or stir your cocktail until the shaker becomes frosty, which usually takes around 15-30 seconds. This not only chills the drink but also helps the ingredients and flavors meld perfectly. If you prefer not to use ice, chilling your glass and ingredients beforehand is an alternative that still provides a satisfying, cool martini.

Idea: If you do decide to serve a Vegan Peppermint Martini with ice, freeze mint leaves in ice cubes for a nice visual effect and added flavor as your ice melts.

Serving Suggestions

When to Sip on a Vegan Peppermint Martini


The Vegan Peppermint Martini’s Perfect Moments

The Vegan Peppermint Martini shines as a versatile cocktail but excels during winter months or holiday festivities. The drink’s minty freshness makes it a delightful choice for post-dinner relaxation or social get-togethers. While this cocktail can be enjoyed anytime you’re in the mood for something minty and refreshing, it’s a showstopper during Christmas parties, New Year’s Eve celebrations, and even winter weddings.

Food Pairing

What to Nosh While You Sip

The Vegan Peppermint Martini pairs exceptionally well with chocolate-based desserts like vegan chocolate mousse or dark chocolate cake. You can also consider salty appetizers like olives or salted nuts to complement the sweet and minty notes of the cocktail.


There you have it—a roadmap to creating the perfect Vegan Peppermint Martini—we’ve got all your bases covered. Now, all you gotta do is mix, shake, and sip away! So, what are you waiting for? Whip up your own Vegan Peppermint Martini and share your mixology adventures with me on social media—I can’t wait to toast to see your creations!

Vegan Peppermint Martini Guide

Vegan Peppermint Martini Recipe

Total Time 5 minutes
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  • 1 Cocktail shaker
  • 1 Measuring jigger
  • 1 Strainer
  • 1 Martini glass
  • 1 Muddler (Optional - to muddle mint leaves)


  • 2 oz Vodka (vegan)
  • 1 oz Crème de menthe (any vegan peppermint liqueur)
  • 1 oz Coconut milk (full fat)
  • ½ oz Agave syrup (or vanilla syrup)
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh peppermint leaves (for garnish and optionally to muddle)
  • Crushed peppermint candy (optional - for glass rim)


  • Rim the martini glass with crushed peppermint candy. (Optional)
    Crushed peppermint candy
  • Chill the (rimmed) martini glass.
  • Muddle fresh mint at the bottom of the shaker. (Optional)
    Fresh peppermint leaves
  • Fill the cocktail shaker with ice.
    Ice cubes
  • Add vegan vodka, peppermint liqueur, coconut milk, and agave syrup into the shaker.
    2 oz Vodka, 1 oz Crème de menthe, 1 oz Coconut milk, ½ oz Agave syrup
  • Seal the shaker and give it a good shake. (Usually 15-30 seconds)
  • Carefully strain the mixture from the shaker into the chilled (and rimmed) martini glass.
  • Garnish the cocktail with fresh mint leaves.
    Fresh peppermint leaves


Calories: 336kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 64mgFiber: 0.03gSugar: 21gVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
Calories: 336kcal
Cost: $10
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: peppermint martini, vegan
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