Candy Cane Vodka

Time to get into the Christmas Spirit! 

The Holidays are coming and I love making homemade gifts for family and friends. This is one for the grown ups.

I love the pink of this vodka, its fabulous! and the spiral red and white stripe of a peppermint candy cane is about as Christmas as it gets! This festive drink sitting in my fridge makes me do a little dance every time I open the fridge door!

As you’ve probably guessed, I’m a Christmas addict. Christmas themed coffee cups get me WAY too excited, Christmas movie marathons are my idea of heaven, Christmas FM is my favourite radio station and Christmas sprinkles are just THE best thing EVER!

I’m not quite at “Buddy the Elf” level but I’m not far off!  


candy cane vodka


crushing candy canes


This is a simple and delicious gift (the only time consuming part is sterilising the bottles to hold the finished product, but even that’s not particularly time consuming!)

Just bash up a few candy canes, add to the vodka, allow to dissolve and add a little simple syrup. You can omit the simple syrup but I like it a little sweeter if I’m having this as a shot over ice.  



You can buy simple syrup but it’s so easy to make why would you! Just check out the recipe below if you don’t believe me! Simple syrup can be flavoured with anything and is a wonderful staple for those Holiday cocktails. 

Vodka can also be infused with a ton of stuff, but that’s an experiment for another day and perhaps worthy of it’s own post 🙂 I love the idea of a Skittles infused vodka! Something to note however if you are infusing vodka with candy, stick with the one colour as this works best.

I have to confess that after I annoyingly discovered that the candy canes I bought were in fact strawberry candy canes ( Duh! 😯 ) this became a strawberry candy cane vodka,but it was equally delicious!



Wrap a lovely Christmas ribbon around your bottles and hang a little candy cane from it and wait for the happy faces when you gift this! The little hook on the candy cane sits perfectly through the ribbon loop and looks exceptionally pretty and festive.

Recipe is below.

Happy Holidays! X


candy cane vodka


Candy Cane Vodka

candy cane vodka


  • 500 ml vodka
  • 5 candy canes broken up ( put in a plastic sandwich bag and smash with a rolling pin)
    Simple syrup
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water


  1. Combine the crushed candy canes and vodka in a bottle
  2. Close the lid tightly and shake to combine
  3. Place in the fridge for 5-6 hours until the vodka turns pink and the candy canes have dissolved
  4. Add some cooled simple syrup to the strawberry infused vodka to taste ( if using)
  5. Stir and decant into sterilised bottles and store in the fridge until ready for gifting (shake occasionally)
    Simple Syrup
  1. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan
  2. Stir the simple syrup and place the saucepan over a medium heat
  3. Simmer ( as soon as the edges start to simmer the liquid should be completely clear not cloudy)
  4. Remove from the heat source
  5. Allow to cool


Recipe adapted from Easy Food Christmas Annual

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