The Speckled Palate
December 2, 2013

Candy Cane Vodka

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Get in the holiday spirit by making this homemade Candy Cane Vodka. This infused alcohol creates so many unique cocktails for the season and is sure to add good cheer when shared with friends and family! Makes 1 drink.

A jar of infused Candy Cane Vodka sits on a holiday cloth with candy canes surrounding it

It’s a Monday after the long Thanksgiving holiday, and I don’t know about y’all, but this week is gonna be all about rebooting, not indulging so much and copious amounts of salad.

But before we get into all of that, I’ve made this lovely Candy Cane Vodka for y’all.

Now that it’s December, it is perfectly acceptable to listen to Christmas music at full blast. It’s also acceptable to start baking cookies for your co-workers, friends and neighbors to share some holiday cheer.

And it’s totally acceptable to steep some holiday-flavored vodka to spice up a party… or your regular liquor cabinet just because.

Also? It’s really delicious in hot chocolate. I’ve got a dairy-free recipe coming soon, y’all.

Candy canes are shown inside a mason jar as they infuse with vodka to make Candy Cane Vodka

What do I need to make Candy Cane Vodka?

Pinterest graphic for Candy Cane Vodka, featuring the final infused alcohol in a mason jar and text

What can I add this Candy Cane Vodka to?

You can sip this vodka because it’s nice and sweet, but if you want to add it to a cocktail, I suggest adding it to the following…

Sound good?

Now, let’s make some homemade infused vodka with CANDY CANES!

Candy Cane Vodka
Yield: 6 2 oz. servings

Candy Cane Vodka

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Infusion Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

Get in the holiday spirit by making this homemade Candy Cane Vodka. It's easier than you think! Candy canes dissolve in a jar of vodka to create this simple infused alcohol. Mix Candy Cane Vodka into seasonal mixed drinks at holiday parties or add a shot to your hot chocolate for even more festive flavor. This infused alcohol creates so many unique cocktails for the season and is sure to add good cheer when shared with friends and family!


  • 8 candy canes, regular-sized
  • 1 Β½ cups vodka


  1. Unwrap the candy canes and break in half.
  2. Place the candy canes in a 16 oz. mason jar.
  3. Pour the vodka on top of the candy canes.
  4. Allow the vodka and candy canes a few hours to steep. The candy canes will dissolve in the vodka, and then it'll be good to drink after you shake it up!
  5. Store in a cool, dry place in the mason jar for as long as it takes to drink this up.


Adapted from Shutterbean.

If the jar sits for a while, silt will gathering at the bottom of it. Shake the jar well to mix back in the candy cane pieces before pouring.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 oz. serving

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 210 Carbohydrates: 18g Sugar: 13g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

Have you ever infused alcohol before?

Could I interest you in some Candy Cane Vodka this season?


  1. Rachel

    Candy cane. Vodka. I almost didn’t need to read this post because it sounded so good and I knew whatever you wrote about it would be amazing πŸ™‚ I did read it though, and I was right, that does look incredible! I might have to try that this year.

    • Erin

      Not gonna lie: It’s incredible, girl. I’ve enjoyed it in my hot chocolate and coffee on weekends… and it’s just the perfect touch of sweet and spice to add to make for some holiday cheer without being too out of control. (That sounds weird, huh? But it’s totally not!)

  2. Kalee

    Oh my!! This sounds amazing! I never would have thought to mix the two, but this would be a great recipe to take to a Christmas party!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Kalee! Yes, I think this would be fabulous to take to a Christmas party… and I bet several people would want to know how you did it, too! It’s so simple and delicious that it’s a winner!

      • William Knowles

        What other than coffee or hot chocolate would you put it in. I love to infuse alcohol. Have habanero tequila right now for my bloddy Mary

        • Erin

          If you’re super into candy cane flavor goodness, I suggest making a martini! It would also be good in a chocolate martini. And it would be pretty tasty in a White Russian, too!

          I hope that helps! Happy mixing, William. πŸ™‚

  3. Jenn @ Party of One

    This sounds SO GOOD. Oh my I’m going to HAVE to try this! This sounds so easy and so yummy, too!

    • Erin

      It really is SO GOOD, and I hope that you still feel that way when you try it! I’d love to know what you think!

  4. FabEllis

    Wow! This sounds pretty cool. It would definitely be cute for a holiday party!

    • Erin

      Thanks! This vodka really is festive for a holiday party!

  5. Kelly @ hideden fruits and veggies

    This sounds yummy! My boyfriend has made jolly rancher vodka, but it was too sweet and artificial tasting. Candy canes are a much better option πŸ™‚

    • Erin

      It IS yummy… and that’s crazy about Jolly Rancher vodka. Don’t know if I would have ever thought of that or wanted to try it, but that’s fascinating that you found it a bit too sweet and artificial tasting. If you try this, I hope you find it a bit more palatable!

  6. Alli

    This. Is. Genius.

    • Erin

      *bows* Thank you, ma’am.

      I can’t really take credit for it, as it was adapted from the ever-inspiring Shutterbean, but this vodka a pretty awesome trick to have up your sleeve for this time of year, no?

  7. Neatly-Packaged

    Oh heavens yes!!! I have been dyingggg to make something like this lately! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing!

    • Erin

      You’re welcome for sharing! I hope when you make this vodka, it hits the spot and is everything you dreamed it would be. πŸ™‚

  8. Kathy

    Holy, Moley! Sounds amazing!!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Kathy! It’s a new holiday favorite of mine, and it works so nicely in so many things, too!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Yolanda! It is both super yummy and easy to make!

  9. Aleshea Dominique

    You are speakin’ my language with this drink. Saving for later.

    • Erin

      Awesome, awesome! I hope you enjoy this drink when you try it later!

  10. Tara Simone

    I’m not much of a drinker, but I’ll pass this one o to my friends. I’d curious to how sweet this would be . . .

    • Erin

      Fair enough. πŸ™‚ I’m curious what your friends think and what they think about the sweetness of it. To me, it’s a sweet, but it’s not overpowering, though I could definitely see how it would be cloyingly sweet to someone else. It works really nicely in hot drinks, too, so I’ve added it to black coffee to add a bit of flavor and sweetness, and that seems to work wonderfully for lazy weekend mornings. (Especially last weekend when we were snowed in!)

  11. Teresa

    Can u make this ahead of time and let it sit for a month or so….would make awesome Christmas gift.

    • Erin

      Teresa, I think making this ahead of time would be super easy. Let it hang out in a cool place (like the pantry or a cupboard) and give it away as a Christmas gift — I bet people would love that!

  12. jennifer

    So just checking, you use all 8 candycanes in 1 jar??

    • Erin

      Yes, I used all 8 candy canes in one jar! They melt into the alcohol pretty quickly…

  13. Miranda

    So vanilla vodka or regular?

    • Erin

      Regular vodka, Miranda.

  14. Noel

    So I just made some as gifts for family and I used some big jars and some little but my little ones had white on the bottom and when I mixed it up it turned pink, yet the big jars are completely red and look like the pictures. Anyone know why?

    • Becky

      Mines done the same, I have done little ones as Christmas pressies but they have turned out pink, could it be too much candy?

      • Erin

        What size jars do you use, Becky?

    • Erin

      That’s so strange, Noel. I have no clue. Did you change the number of candy canes used between the two of them? Maybe there wasn’t enough candy if the smaller ones were pink?

  15. marisa

    how are they as shots?

    • Erin

      Honestly, I couldn’t tell you, Marisa! I’ve always drank this vodka as a part of a mixed drink. That said, this is a very peppermint-y drink, so if you’re into that thing, I would imagine it would make a good shot.

      • Terri

        What do you mix it with as a mixed drink?

        • Erin

          I’m currently LOVING mixing it into my Vanilla Hot Chocolate Martini instead of the regular vodka. It adds a nice pepperminty kick. It’s also really delicious in hot chocolate. I can imagine this would be delicious in a White Russian, as well!

  16. Kris

    I made some this weekend for our family Christmas party. Used it as shots in a drinking game. It was a huge hit! Thanks for the great idea. Most definitely going to be making it again!

  17. Brandy


    Can I make a punch with this vodka? What flavor juice would go best with this Peppermint vodka?

    • Erin

      Hey Brandy,

      I bet you could definitely make a punch with this vodka! As far as what kind… I don’t recommend a fruity one. It would be interesting to make a Hot Chocolate Punch or something along those lines since chocolate pairs really well with peppermint. A milk punch would be good, too…

      If you make a punch, please let me know what you do and how it turns out!

  18. Candy

    Mine is pink and cloudy, not clear and red like your picture. Did you strain it?

    • Erin

      Hey Candy. I didn’t strain my vodka, and I’m unsure why yours is doing that. I’ve made this recipe several times over the years and never dealt with cloudiness, other than when it was in the process. How long ago did you make yours? I find that mine sometimes has a fine peppermint-y silt at the bottom of the jar, and I have to shake it up. Is it possible that this is the case? Sorry I’m not much more help!

  19. Alejandro

    How can I drink this !?! Just straight from the jar and how long does it have to sit !?!

    • Erin

      Hi Alejandro! You can drink this however you’d like. πŸ˜‰ My personal favorite way to enjoy it is in some hot cocoa, but it’s delicious as a shot, too, if that’s more your thing. It doesn’t have to sit for very long. It’s ready to drink as soon as the candy canes have dissolved.

  20. Gale

    Just made this. It is so good! Can’t wait to try it in my holiday cocktails. So easy.

    • Erin

      Woohoo! So happy that it turned out for you, Gale. I hope you and yours enjoy it!

  21. Elicea Webber

    How long does it take for the candy canes to dissolve? I want to prepare this ahead of time as a holiday gift for some folks but would want them to see the cute candy canes before they are all dissolved!

    • Erin

      Hi Elicea! The candy canes dissolved in about a day’s time. These make such a wonderful holiday gift for friends, and while you can make them well in advance, you can make them 2-3 days before exchanging presents, too, and be fine! Happy infusing!

  22. Serge Bernard

    I just finished making a batch , didn’t try it yet , but mine is very dark red and opaque in color .

    • Erin

      I hope you enjoy it, Serge! Cheers!

  23. Gale Cossette

    I make a lot of infused vodkas with candies. The Candy Cane vodka was awesome and great for Christmas giving, but I prefer to keep in for myself. Great with Cocoa and coffee as well.

  24. Katy

    This is amazing! I am actually not a big fan of candy canes, but this has changed my mind. Thank you!

    • Katy

      Sorry I forgot to rate!

    • Erin

      Aww, YAY! I’m so glad that this vodka changed your tune about candy canes. πŸ™‚ Thank you for leaving a comment and rating–I really appreciate it!

  25. ricky

    Yeah I loved vodka and I love this candy cane vodka

    • Erin

      Woohoo! So happy to hear this, Ricky. Cheers!

  26. Amanda James

    Omg i’ve been looking everywhere to find a nice candy cane vodka recipe to suit my taste. This one is just the perfect one. Thanks!

    • Erin

      YAY! I’m so happy to hear this candy cane vodka was the perfect balance for you, Amanda. Cheers!

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