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The Refreshing Minty Marvels: Peppermint Vodka Recipes

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Last Updated on December 16, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Peppermint vodka is a gateway to a world of refreshing and invigorating flavors. 

With its distinct minty essence and the smoothness of vodka, this delightful infusion opens the doors to an array of peppermint vodka recipes that will tantalize your taste buds. 

From classic cocktails to delectable desserts and savory dishes, the versatility of peppermint vodka brings a cool and minty twist to every culinary creation. 

Get ready to start on a culinary adventure and discover the enchanting possibilities that await!


What is peppermint vodka?

Peppermint vodka is a type of flavored vodka that has been infused or flavored with peppermint. It is made by steeping peppermint leaves or adding peppermint extract to vodka, allowing the flavors to infuse over time. The result is a vodka with a distinct and refreshing minty taste.

Why use peppermint vodka in recipes?

Peppermint vodka adds a unique and refreshing twist to recipes, whether they are cocktails or food dishes. Here are a few reasons why peppermint vodka is used in recipes:

  • Flavor Enhancement: Peppermint vodka provides a delightful burst of minty flavor to cocktails, desserts, sauces, and more. It adds a refreshing and cooling sensation to dishes, creating a unique taste experience.
  • Festive Appeal: Peppermint is often associated with the holiday season and brings a sense of festivity to recipes. It can enhance the overall mood and ambiance of gatherings and special occasions.
  • Versatility: Peppermint vodka can be used in a wide range of recipes, including classic cocktails like the Peppermint Martini or Peppermint White Russian. It can also be infused into jello shots, whipped cream, brownies, sauces, and more, allowing for creativity and experimentation in the kitchen.
  • Complementary Pairings: Peppermint vodka pairs well with various ingredients, such as chocolate, coffee, citrus fruits, and creamy elements. Its minty flavor can elevate the taste of desserts, enhance savory dishes, and create interesting flavor combinations.
  • Personalization: Individuals can customize their dishes according to their preferences by using peppermint vodka in recipes. They can adjust the intensity of the mint flavor and create their own signature recipes by incorporating peppermint vodka.

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Classic Peppermint Vodka Cocktails

How to make a Peppermint Martini?


  • Peppermint vodka
  • White chocolate liqueur
  • Peppermint schnapps
  • Ice cubes
  • Candy cane (optional for garnish)


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. [1]
  • Add equal parts peppermint vodka, white chocolate liqueur, and peppermint schnapps to the shaker.
  • Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds to chill the mixture.
  • Strain the cocktail into a martini glass.
  • Optionally, garnish with a candy cane for a festive touch.
  • Serve and enjoy!

How to make a Peppermint White Russian?


  • Peppermint vodka
  • Coffee liqueur
  • Heavy cream
  • Ice cubes
  • Crushed candy canes (optional for rimming)


  • Rim a glass with crushed candy canes by moistening the rim and dipping it into the crushed candy canes.
  • Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  • Add equal parts peppermint vodka and coffee liqueur.
  • Top it off with a generous splash of heavy cream.
  • Stir gently to combine the ingredients.
  • Serve and enjoy the minty twist on this classic cocktail!

How to make Peppermint Hot Chocolate with Vodka?


  • Peppermint vodka
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Milk
  • Whipped cream
  • Crushed peppermint candies (optional for garnish)


  • Prepare hot chocolate according to the instructions on the package, using milk.
  • Stir in a shot of peppermint vodka into the hot chocolate.
  • Top it off with a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Optionally, sprinkle crushed peppermint candies on top for added texture and flavor.
  • Serve and savor the warm and minty goodness!

Creative Peppermint Vodka Recipes

How to make Peppermint Vodka Jello Shots?


  • Peppermint vodka
  • Peppermint schnapps
  • Gelatin
  • Water
  • Red food coloring (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional for topping)


  • Prepare the gelatin mixture by dissolving gelatin in boiling water according to the package instructions.
  • Stir in peppermint vodka and peppermint schnapps into the gelatin mixture.
  • Optionally, add a few drops of red food coloring for a vibrant red color.
  • Pour the fusion into individual shot glasses or a single mold.
  • Refrigerate until set.
  • Top with whipped cream, if you want, before serving.

How to make Peppermint Vodka-infused Whipped Cream?


  • Peppermint vodka
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Powdered sugar
  • Peppermint extract (optional for stronger flavor)


  • Chill a mixing dish and beaters in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
  • Pour cold heavy whipping cream into the chilled bdish.
  • Beat the cream utilyzing an electric mixer until it starts to thicken.
  • Deliberately add powdered sugar while continuing to beat the cream.
  • Slowly pour in a small amount of peppermint vodka, adjusting to taste.
  • Optionally, add a few drops of peppermint extract for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  • Use directly or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

How to make Peppermint Vodka Truffles?


  • Peppermint vodka
  • Dark chocolate
  • Heavy cream
  • Crushed candy canes (for coating)


  • Chop the dark chocolate into small pieces and place it in a heatproof dish.
  • Heat the heavy cream in a skillet until it starts to simmer.
  • Pour the hot cream over the minced chocolate and let it sit for a minute.
  • Stir the mixture until the chocolate is perfectly melted and smooth.
  • Add a splash of peppermint vodka to the chocolate mixture and stir well.
  • Refrigerate the mixture for a couple of hours until it becomes firm enough to handle.
  • Shape the mixture into small truffle balls and roll them in crushed candy canes for coating.
  • Place the truffles in the refrigerator to set before serving.

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Peppermint Vodka Food Recipes

How to make Peppermint Vodka Marinated Grilled Shrimp?


  • Peppermint vodka
  • Fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic cloves, minced
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh mint leaves, chopped (for garnish)


  • Combine peppermint vodka, olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a dish.
  • Add the shrimp to the marinade and pitch to coat them evenly. Allow the shrimp to marinate for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Remove the shrimp from the marinade and strain them onto skewers.
  • Grill the shrimp on each side for approximately 2-3 minutes until they are opaque and cooked through.
  • Remove the shrimp from the grill and embellish with freshly chopped mint leaves.
  • Serve hot as an appetizer or as part of a main course. Enjoy the succulent and flavorful grilled shrimp with a hint of peppermint vodka.

How to make Peppermint Vodka-infused Salad Dressing?


  • Peppermint vodka
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Whisk together peppermint vodka, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, and some pepper in a mixing bowl.
  • Adjust the extent of the ingredients according to your taste of preference.
  • Whisk the dressing until all the ingredients are well combined and emulsified.
  • Taste and adjust the seasonings if necessary.
  • Pour the peppermint vodka-infused salad dressing over your favorite salad greens or vegetables.
  • Toss the salad gently to evenly coat the vegetables with the dressing.
  • Serve the refreshing salad immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy the unique twist of peppermint vodka in your salad!

How to make Peppermint Vodka-infused Glazed Carrots?


  • Peppermint vodka
  • Carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh mint leaves, chopped (for garnish)


  • In a saucepan, melt butter over the medium heat.
  • Add the sliced carrots to the saucepan and sauté them for a few minutes until they start to soften.
  • Stir in brown sugar, salt, and pepper, coating the carrots evenly.
  • Pour in a splash of peppermint vodka and stir well to combine.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let the carrots simmer for about 10-15 minutes until they become tender and glazed, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the glazed carrots from the heat and garnish them with freshly chopped mint leaves.
  • With your favorite main course, serve the peppermint vodka-infused glazed carrots as a delightful side dish. Enjoy the sweet and minty flavors!

Peppermint Vodka Infusions and DIY Tips

How to infuse peppermint flavor into vodka?


  • Peppermint leaves (fresh or dried)
  • Vodka

Infusion process

  • Wash and pat dry peppermint leaves. [2]
  • Put the leaves in a clean glass jar or bottle.
  • Pour vodka over the leaves until they are fully submerged.
  • Seal the jar tightly and place it in a cool, dark place.
  • Allow the mixture to infuse for at least 3-5 days, shaking it gently every day.
  • Strain out the peppermint leaves, and your homemade peppermint vodka is ready to use!

How to create custom peppermint vodka flavors?

Additional ingredients for infusion

  • Vanilla beans
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Orange peel

Flavor combination ideas

  • Peppermint and vanilla: Combine peppermint leaves and vanilla beans for a creamy and refreshing blend.
  • Peppermint and cinnamon: Add cinnamon sticks to the infusion for a spicy and minty fusion of flavors.
  • Peppermint and orange: Infuse orange peel with peppermint leaves to create a citrusy and minty vodka twist.


What is peppermint vodka good with?

Peppermint vodka is versatile and can be paired with various ingredients to create delicious and refreshing combinations. Some popular pairings include:

  • Chocolate: Peppermint and chocolate are a classic combination. Peppermint vodka can be used in chocolate-based cocktails, desserts, or sauces to enhance the minty and sweet flavors.
  • Coffee: Peppermint vodka can add a delightful twist to coffee-based cocktails, such as peppermint mocha martinis or peppermint white Russians. The minty flavor complements the rich and robust flavors of coffee.
  • Citrus: The bright and zesty flavors of citrus fruits like lemon, lime, or orange can be enhanced by adding a touch of peppermint vodka. It can be used in citrus-based cocktails or added to dressings for a refreshing kick.
  • Creamy Ingredients: Peppermint vodka pairs well with creamy elements such as whipped cream, ice cream, or rich desserts like cheesecake. It adds a refreshing contrast to the creamy textures and flavors.
  • Berries: Peppermint vodka can be combined with berries like strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries to create refreshing and fruity cocktails or desserts.
  • Savory Dishes: Peppermint vodka can also be used in savory dishes. It can add a unique twist to marinades for grilled meats or seafood or be incorporated into sauces for a hint of minty freshness.

Is peppermint vodka Sweet?

Peppermint vodka is primarily flavored with peppermint and is not typically sweet. 

The sweetness can vary depending on the brand or type of peppermint vodka, with some having a slightly sweetened profile or a hint of natural sweetness. 

It’s important to check the label for any added sweeteners or flavors. It can be mixed with sweet ingredients or paired with sweet mixers in cocktails and recipes to enhance sweetness.




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