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Creamy and smooth, this chocolate peppermint martini is a luscious chocolaty holiday treat. It is made with my homemade vegan chocolate liqueur and so is also dairy-free!
About a month ago I made a lovely vegan chocolate liqueur with coconut milk. I’ve been looking for creative ways to use it, making delicious adult beverages. This chocolate peppermint martini is one of them!
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Ingredients needed to make a Chocolate Peppermint martini
To make this festive holiday drink you will need:
- Chocolate liqueur – either purchase or make my dairy-free recipe
- Oat milk or other plant milk
- Peppermint vodka or peppermint schnapps
- crushed candy canes to rim the glass
- a cocktail shaker and ice
About the vegan chocolate liqueur
A while ago when I was looking for a rich and creamy chocolate liqueur, I found that many of the good ones had dairy listed as an ingredient. My friend told me that she made her own, using heavy cream, so I decided to do a vegan adaptation of her recipe – using coconut milk.
You can find the recipe here for my vegan chocolate liqueur. It contains unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, coconut milk, and vodka.
How to make a festive chocolate peppermint martini!
It’s so easy! Once you have sourced or made the dairy-free chocolate liqueur, simply gather your ingredients, shake, pour, and enjoy!
Rimming the martini glass with candy cane
You don’t technically have to do this to enjoy drinking your chocolate peppermint martini, but I think it makes it extra special if you do!
My plan was to crush the candy canes in a plastic baggie by rolling a rolling pin over the top. I found that the candy canes were too tough for that and that I had to bang the rolling pin on top of them (in the bag). This did the trick!
You technically need only one standard-size candy cane to rim a glass, but I found it was easier when I crushed two. I could make a nice sizable pile of smashed candy cane on my plate- but you will end up tossing the extra. Or you could save it to sprinkle on top frosted chocolate brownies!
First, rim the glass with chocolate by dipping it in the chocolate liqueur. Because my homemade chocolate liqueur is made with coconut milk, it was very thick and that made it easy. You could also use chocolate syrup for this.
Then dipped the chocolate-rimmed glass in the crushed candy cane and set your pretty rimmed glass aside.
Shaking it up!
Next, simply add one shot each of the oat milk (or other plant milk of choice), peppermint vodka, and chocolate liqueur to a shaker glass half-way filled with ice.
Put the lid on and vigorously shake for a minute or until your hands are too cold to handle it! Open the lid and strain it into your prepared glass.
And that’s it! Repeat if you are serving for two…or more. You should have enough crushed candy cane for that.
Don’t like the taste of peppermint? Well, while I don’t understand…I know that some people (like my husband and son) don’t. Go figure. You can make a basic chocolate martini for them and you will still have a festive, delicious, chocolaty, minty drink for you!
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Creamy Chocolate Peppermint Martini, Vegan
- cocktail shaker
- 1.5 ounces chocolate liqueur see notes
- 1.5 ounces oat milk or other palnt milk
- 1.5 ounces peppermint vodka
- 2 candy canes
- Crush two candy canes by placing them in a large, heavy-gauge baggie and banging with a rolling pin or another similar device.
- Rim your martini glass by first dipping the rim in chocolate and then into the crushed candy cane. Set aside.
- To a shaker half-way filled with ice, add the chocolate liqueur, oat milk, and peppermint vodka.
- Shake for at one minute, open lid and strain into a martini glass.