There are more peppermint-flavored drinks on restaurant cocktail menus this season than you can shake a candy cane at — but we say the more the merrier when it comes to cocktails! Here are 17 peppermint cocktails with all the jingle bells and whistles a sipper could need to get into the holiday spirit.
Peppermint Ice Cap, Kitchen 320 at B Historic, Savannah, Georgia
Bar master Andre Carter is creating three peppermint-y cocktails during the holidays, including the popular Peppermint Ice Cap. The festive sip features Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka, Godiva White Chocolate, Peppermint Liqueur, and light cream and is served in a martini glass with a crushed candy cane rim and a candy cane garnish. Make a reservation at Kitchen 320 at B Historic.
Ladies Dancing, EDGE Restaurant & Bar, Four Seasons Hotel, Denver, Colorado
There are several p-mint sips on the menu here, but we’re currently crushing on the whimsically-named Ladies Dancing. The drink is a combo of Grey Goose Cherry Noir, Peppermint Schnapps, cream, and chocolate syrup and is garnished with a mini candy cane for kicks — and 10 lords a-leaping. Make a reservation at Edge Restaurant & Bar.
Wicked Elixir, Sable Kitchen & Bar, Chicago, Illinois
It’s wicked cold outside, the perfect excuse for head bartender Mike Jones’s Wicked Elixir, a minty creation with herbal undertones. The drink is made with Green Chartreuse, Cocchi Americano, Crème de Menthe, fresh lime, and egg white and is garnished with a mint sprig — and is served on a bed of ice in a crafty wooden box. Make a reservation at Sable Kitchen & Bar.
White Chocolate Candy Cane Martini, Del Frisco’s Grille, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
White chocolate lovers rejoice! Order the White Chocolate Candy Cane Martini that features Stoli Vanilla Vodka, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, Peppermint Schnapps, half and half, and a crushed candy cane martini glass garnish. Make a reservation at DelFrisco’s Grille.
Peppermint Saint Savoy, The Gallery Restaurant, Charlotte, North Carolina
Y’all will want to order the Peppermint Saint Savoy at this Southern belle. This beauty is made with Tito’s Vodka, White Crème de Menthe, Green Crème de Menthe, Green Chartreuse, lemon juice, and housemade cucumber-mint syrup (Green Chartreuse and Cucumber Vodka, diced cucumber, peppermint leaves, fresh lemon juice, green peppercorn, Cinchona, lemon and orange peel and simple syrup). Make a reservation at The Gallery Restaurant.
Candy Cane Crunch, Sugar Factory American Brasserie, Miami, Florida
You’d expect an especially sweet cocktail at a restaurant named Sugar Factory, right? The Candy Cane Crunch cocktail features Bacardi Vanilla Flavored Rum, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, and Peppermint Schnapps and is garnished with a white chocolate Rice Crispy treat and – Whaddayaknow? — a candy cane. Make a reservation at Sugar Factory American Brasserie.
Candy Cane Bam-Boozled, Holsteins-The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
This restaurant is known for its Bam-Boozled milkshakes — wildly inventive, alcohol-infused, and, sorry, kids, adults-only. The Candy Cane Bam-Boozled is a combo of vanilla ice cream, Peppermint Schnapps, and crushed candy canes topped off with a cool peppermint glaze, vanilla frosting, and whipped cream. Make a reservation at Holsteins-The Cosmpolitan of Las Vegas.
Patty’s Punch, Three Degrees, Portland, Oregon
The peppermint tea cocktail served here is called Patty’s Punch and is a vodka-based cocktail. But the liquor is milk washed (as opposed to fat washed) and infused with peppermint tea “giving it a lot more body and flavor than simply combining vodka with a peppermint syrup,” says a restaurant spokeswoman. Make a reservation at Three Degrees.
RumChata Peppermint Mocha, RumFish Grill, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida
RumFish Grill at the Guy Harvey Outpost on St. Pete Beach is mixing the RumChata Peppermint Mocha for the holidays. It includes a shot of espresso, RumChata, peppermint flavor, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, and steamed milk, and is crowned with whipped cream and crushed peppermint. Make a reservation at RumFish Grill.
White Chocolate Peppermint Martini, Frontier Tavern, Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford, Pennsylvania
The historic Omni Bedford Springs Resort with views of the Allegheny Mountains serves a signature White Chocolate Peppermint Martini to celebrate the holidays. It’s fashioned from Vanilla Absolut, Peppermint Schnapps, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, simple syrup and a splash of cream. Make a reservation at Frontier Tavern.
Peppermint Express “O” Martini, ArtBar, Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Peppermint Express “O” Martini shaken in the Royal Sonesta Hotel, a snowball throw from the Charles River, is made with Grey Goose Vodka, Bailey’s, Kahlua, housemade peppermint liqueur, Espresso, fresh whipped cream, and chocolate and candy cane shavings. A martini glass is elegantly garnished with a peppermint candy stick and a mint sprig. Make a reservation at ArtBar.
Rudolph’s Milk, Kanu @ The Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, New York
Guide your sleigh to this almost-in-the-North-Pole-winter-wonderland to sip the Rudolph’s Milk cocktail. The clever cocktail is created with Oyo Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka, Finger Lakes Distilling Tart Cherry Liqueur, White Crème de Cocoa, Godiva White Chocolate, and housemade peppermint syrup and features a crushed peppermint candy rim. Make a reservation at Kanu @ The Whiteface Lodge.
Peppermintini, Crossroads Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The Peppermintini is a festive martini that’s made with Absolut Vanilla, Crème de Cacao White, Peppermint Schnapps and a splash of grenadine. You’ll sip the sip from a martini glass rimmed with crushed peppermint. Make a reservation at Crossroads Chapel Hill.
The Grinch, ArtBar, Duluth, Georgia
If holiday shopping at the mall has you mumbling bah-humbug, head here and order The Grinch cocktail — you’ll have a new emoticon in no time. The mood-changing cocktail features Midori Melon Liqueur, green Crème de Menthe, White Crème de Cacao, and half and half — all wrapped up with seasonal sugar and a candy cane. Make a reservation at ArtBar.
The Peppermint Patty, 3800 Ocean, Singer Island, Florida
This peppermint cocktail is created with Peppermint Schnapps, Absolut Vanilla, cream, Frangelico, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, and topped with whipped cream that’s made in a cocktail shaker right at the bar. A crushed peppermint candy rim and a cherry are the ribbons on this holiday sip. Make a reservation at 3800 Ocean.
Santa’s Little Helper, Chandler’s-Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort, Carlsbad, California
The perfectly-prepped Santa’s Little Helper earns you a spot on Santa’s nice list. Mixologist Jacob Trevino combines Godiva White Chocolate liqueur, Peppermint Schnapps, and Tito’s vodka and garnishes the festive blend with fresh mint and cherry. Even the elves would approve. Make a reservation at Chandler’s.
Peppermint Cream Martini, Haven Rooftop, New York, New York
Sip a Peppermint Cream Martini here above it all at the Sanctuary Hotel in the heart of bright-lights-big-city Times Square. The martini is made with Bailey’s, Crème de Cacao, Crème de Menthe and hot chocolate. It’s the perfect boozy warming apres-ski drink. Oh, wait. Make a reservation at Haven Rooftop.
Laurie Bain Wilson is a Boston-based journalist, author, and essayist who writes often about travel, food, and baseball. Find her on Twitter @laurieheather.