This White Chocolate Martini recipe first appeared on Savory Experiments, where I am a contributor.
Need the perfect holiday cocktail to serve this season? A White Christmas Martini, rimmed with crushed candy canes is the perfect holiday dessert drink! Learn how to make this simple white chocolate cocktail recipe for easy entertaining and more! Makes 1 drink, but can be doubled.
This classic White Chocolate Martini goes by a few names—the White Christmas Martini, Snowflake Martini and White Chocolatini.
No matter what you call it, you’re in for a treat because this dessert drink is an utter delight!
And it’s incredibly simple to make at home, too, if you’ve got the right ingredients.
Why I love this recipe:
There’s something special about a dessert drink because, for me, it’s a rare occasion.
This festive cocktail is all kinds of perfect for the Christmas season.
Simply put, this White Chocolate Martini is a recipe that’s perfect for an occasion—whether you’re celebrating holidays with loved ones or simply want a fancy after-dinner drink to share with friends.
The flavors are incredible—it’s creamy with a punch from the vodka (that’s not too much, but let’s you know it’s there.)
My mother said this White Christmas Martini recipe tastes like boozy snow ice cream, and if that’s not an endorsement, I don’t know what is.
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What you need to make this recipe:
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- Cocktail shaker
- Jigger—or a measuring cup that has marks for ounces (like this mini angled measuring cup)
- Cocktail strainer—this helps the ice not fall out of your shaker when you’re pouring it into your glass
This martini recipe does have some more specialty ingredients that you will need to seek out at your local liquor store, but once you have them, you can mix one of these drinks up whenever the mood strikes.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Vodka—we’re using regular vodka in this recipe, though vanilla vodka would add wonderful flavor if you want to add that to yours.
- White chocolate liqueur—this is the base of our martini, and it’s well-worth going to look for since it’s a little different than white crème de cocoa. It’s got low alcohol content, but it provides a ton of white chocolate flavor with some notes of vanilla, too.
- White crème de cocoa—this is the other layer of our martini, and it adds to the chocolate flavor and aroma of the martini.
- Half-and-half—this is adding the extra creaminess to our cocktail. Do not replace it with milk, as it won’t be thick enough for the drink to really sing.
- White chocolate or white chocolate melts—we’ll use this to rim our glasses! Plan to melt about ¼ cup of chips or melts to dip your glass(es) in.
- Peppermint or candy canes—if you’re making a White Christmas Martini, you’ve GOT to use crushed candy canes for the most festive rim ever!
What is white chocolate liqueur?
White Chocolate Liqueur transforms this from a classic Chocolate Martini to a White Chocolate Martini (or a White Christmas Martini, as we’re calling this beauty.)
It’s a distilled spirit with low alcohol content that sings of white chocolate and vanilla. It contains dairy, too, so keep that in mind.
It goes without saying that this liqueur is utterly decadent and could be enjoyed on the rocks, as well as in this martini recipe.
There are many brands of white chocolate liqueur, but I would like to note that Godiva is my favorite.
How to make a White Christmas Martini
Rim your glasses. Melt white chocolate (or white chocolate melts) and dip the rim(s) of your glass(es) into it. There doesn’t need to be a ton on this, so don’t feel like you need to melt a ton of chocolate! Dip the martini glass(es) into the crushed candy canes for a festive White Christmas Martini rim.
Combine the ingredients in a shaker. Make sure the shaker is full of ice before adding the vodka, white chocolate liqueur, white crème de cocoa and half-and-half.
Shake vigorously for 30 seconds, until the cocktail shaker is incredibly cold.
Pour into your prepared glass, and serve with your favorite garnish!
Pro tip: Use a cocktail strainer to keep ice from falling into your prepared martini glasses! It’ll make for better presentation and less mess.
White Chocolate Martini garnishes
Depending on the time of year, you can change up your garnishes!
- Crushed candy canes (for a White Christmas Martini)
- Cocoa powder
- White chocolate shavings
- Fresh fruit, like strawberries or raspberries
Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips
Wouldn’t these martinis make the best Christmas cocktails for a holiday party?
Here’s the thing about martinis—they need to be individually shaken, not stirred, so this is going to be more time-intensive for whoever is making the cocktails.
That said, it can be done, and if you’re in the mood and spirit for it, you can certainly do it!
Here’s how I would entertain with these dessert drinks:
- Prep as much as you can in advance. Crush all those candy canes, and place them on a plate.
- Consider pouring your ingredients into carafes. Make sure to label them, too.
- Make a cocktail bar out of a bar cart. Print out the recipe and frame it (or laminate it) so guests can mix their own. Set out the ingredients in carafes, as well as the garnishes. Set out a separate ice bucket, and let guests go to town.
Frequently Asked Questions
This white chocolate martini is made of vodka, white chocolate liqueur, white crème de cocoa and half-and-half.
No. They are not the same thing. White crème de cocoa is chocolate-flavored liqueur while chocolate liquor contains both cream and white chocolate, so it’s sweeter.
No. You can store the white chocolate liqueur in a cool, dark place after opening. However, you can store it in the refrigerator if you like yours chilled.
Yes, the Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur has cream in it.
Martini glasses are a wide top with a skinnier bottom to help expose the spirits to air. Air helps bring out the spirit’s flavor and complexity, which is something martinis are known for.
Need the perfect festive cocktail to serve this holiday season? A White Christmas Martini, rimmed with crushed candy canes is the perfect holiday dessert drink! Learn how to make this simple white chocolate cocktail recipe for easy entertaining and more!
- 2 oz. vodka
- 2 oz. white chocolate liqueur
- 1 oz. white crème de cocoa
- 1 oz. half-and-half
- Melted white chocolate or candy melts, for the rim (about ¼ cup, unless you’re making several)
- Candy canes, crushed
- Fruit—like fresh strawberries and raspberries
- Chocolate shavings
- Cocoa powder
- Prepare the martini glasses by dipping the rims in the melted white chocolate, then into the crushed candy canes. (Alternately, you could leave the rim clear or just use sugar in the rim if you’re making a classic White Chocolate Martini.)
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the vodka, white chocolate liqueur, white crème de cocoa and half-and-half.
- Shake vigorously for 30 seconds until the liquid is chilled.
- Strain as you pour into the prepared glasses, and enjoy immediately.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 426Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 6gSugar: 21gProtein: 7g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.