Creamy Peppermint Espresso Martini – Legally Healthy Blonde

It’s that time of year! If you enjoy a classic espresso martini, you’ll love this festive twist: a peppermint espresso martini! It’s like a peppermint mocha, but boozy!

I have a confession: I generally don’t like peppermint. Like, not at all. So I was SHOCKED at how much I loved this peppermint espresso martini!

This peppermint espresso martini recipe is so festive and perfect for coffee lovers. It’s strong, slightly sweet, creamy and decadent! This is the perfect cocktail for a Christmas party or simply to enjoy as the perfect after-dinner appetizer while sitting by your Christmas tree. You will not regret it ! (Unless you have too much, lol.)

If you have a peppermint hater among you but still want a delicious festive cocktail, try my Mistletoe Margarita to get in the holiday spirit!

Contents:

🎥 Watch the video of this recipe

🍸 Why you’ll love this Peppermint Espresso Martini

  • It’s perfectly balanced. Just a little peppermint balances perfectly with the other strong flavors without being overpowering!
  • Creamy and sweet, but strong! A drop of heavy cream takes it to the next level, fluffy and fluffy.
  • Festive and unique! It’s perfect for the end of year celebrations! Plus, it’s a unique take on the traditional espresso martini using peppermint and Irish whiskey!

🥘 What you need for this recipe

Ingredients and Substitutions

ingredients with labels.
  • Irish whiskey – Listen to me, whiskey goes with SO espresso. A LOT. BETTER than vodka or gin! If you want to use vodka, gin or tequila, that’s fine too. For extra sweetness, you can even try a vanilla vodka instead of regular vodka. But Irish whiskey really makes this drink delicious and perfect for cold weather.
  • Cold espresso – I do not recommend instant espresso for this recipe. It is best to have one espresso per drink. No espresso machine? No problem! You can replace a plain, unsweetened cold brew with an equally delicious cocktail.
  • Coffee liqueur – I recommend using Mr. Black’s Coffee Liqueur, but Kahlua or another brand also works.
  • Peppermint Schnapps – I think it’s the best way to add peppermint flavor to a festive martini, but only a small amount is needed. If you can’t get your hands on schnapps, you can use ¼ ounce of peppermint extract.
  • Simple syrup – Homemade or store bought. Take it up a notch with Vanilla bean syrup!
  • Thick cream – A little cream takes this to the next level. I really think it makes a big difference in flavor and texture. You can also use milk or a non-dairy milk alternative.
  • Candy canes or peppermint candies – Favorite for the edge of the candy cane. You can also add a mini candy cane for extra garnish.

Tools and Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Cocktail jigger
  • Martini Glass

📋 How to Make a Peppermint Espresso Martini

Step 1: Prepare the Martini

Optional: Place 1-2 candy canes in a Ziploc bag and use something hard to crush the candy into small pieces or fine pieces for the rim of your martini glass. Next, pour 2-3 tablespoons of simple syrup onto a plate and pour the candy pieces into a separate plate. Roll the rim of the chilled martini glass in the syrup, then repeat with the candy pieces until the rims are completely covered with candy cane pieces. Set the glasses aside.

Measure out all the necessary ingredients.

Add a handful of ice cubes to the shaker.

Step 2: Prepare the cocktail

Add all liquid ingredients to the shaker. Close the lid tightly.

Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Then strain into the martini glass.

Serve cold and enjoy!

As an extra step, complete with a mini candy cane!

martini glasses right after pouring.

💭 Expert tips and tricks

  • Pro tip: If you don’t have a cocktail jigger, here’s a reminder: ¼ cup = 2 oz. 1 tablespoon = ½ ounce. ½ tablespoon = ¼ ounce. 2 tablespoons = 1 ounce.
  • Listen to me, whiskey goes with SO espresso. A LOT. BETTER than vodka or gin! If you want to use vodka, gin or tequila, that’s fine too. But Irish whiskey really makes this deliciousness excessive.
  • You can use a cold (not concentrated) brew instead of espresso!

Recipe FAQs

Which liquor is best for a creamy espresso martini?

This may be controversial, but I find Irish whiskey to be the best liquor for an espresso martini! The conventional method is vodka, but gin can also work. Try the whiskey next time!

Are Baileys or Kahlua better for an espresso martini?

I like to use Mr. Black’s Coffee Liqueur, but Kahlua or any other coffee liqueur works great!

How to make an espresso martini frothier?

It’s very easy to make an espresso martini frothier, but it takes a little work. The answer is to shake it much harder and longer. To create a frothy top, the shaker must be so cold that your fingers hurt. That’s how you know it’s ready!

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📖 Recipe

Creamy Peppermint Espresso Martini

If you love espresso martinis, you’ll love this festive peppermint espresso martini! It’s like a peppermint mocha, but boozy!

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Course: Desserts, Drinks

Kitchen: American

Diet: Gluten free, vegetarian

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

Assembly time: 3 minutes

Total time: 8 minutes

Servings: 1 cocktail

Calories: 262kilocalories

Instructions

  • Optional: Place 1-2 candy canes in a Ziploc bag and use something hard to crush the candy into small pieces or fine pieces. Next, pour 2-3 tablespoons of simple syrup onto a plate and pour the candy pieces into a separate plate. Roll the rim of the martini glass in the syrup, then repeat with the candy pieces until the rims are completely covered with candy cane pieces. Set the glasses aside.

  • Measure out all the necessary ingredients.

  • Add a handful of ice cubes to the shaker.

  • Add all liquid ingredients to the shaker. Close the lid tightly.

  • Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Then strain into the martini glass.

  • Serve cold and enjoy!

Video

Remarks

  • Pro tip: If you don’t have a cocktail jigger, here’s a reminder: ¼ cup = 2 oz. 1 tablespoon = ½ ounce. ½ tablespoon = ¼ ounce. 2 tablespoons = 1 ounce.
  • Listen to me, whiskey goes with SO espresso. A LOT. BETTER than vodka or gin! If you want to use vodka, gin or tequila, that’s fine too. But Irish whiskey really makes this delicious.
  • You can use a cold (not concentrated) brew instead of espresso!

Nutrition

Calories: 262kilocalories | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated fats: 0.1g | Monounsaturated fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 44mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 104UI | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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