Peppermint Martini and Easy Appetizer Ideas for a Cocktail Party

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Peppermint Martini

This post is full of goodies, so keep reading to the bottom.  I have a wonderful Peppermint Martini, a guest post, appetizer ideas, and a giveaway.  Trust me…I don’t think I could pack anymore goodness into this post, even if I wanted to.

This cocktail is super festive and fun, but be warned….it is strong.  Too strong for you…add some extra simple syrup to tame it a bit.  It makes a beautiful cocktail for all those holiday parties this time of year.

Speaking of parties, I was over at my local Whole Foods the other day and realized there are a TON of great options for easy AND CHEAP entertaining.  I never would have put party and Whole Foods together in a sentence until last week.  Now, I can’t wait for my first party of the season.  Besides learning that I can order party platters, here are some of my great finds:

Whole Foods Organic Truffles, Truffled Walnuts, Mini Quiche TrioChicken Taquitos, and Potstickers….oh my goodness those taquitos are amazing and heat up in no time at all.  Don’t forget they have a wonderful assortment of cheeses and paired with their Entertaining Assortment of Crackers and some nuts you’d have a beautiful cheese platter.  No party is complete without some bubbly.  I can’t wait to pop open the bottle of Presto Prosecco that I picked up or for a non-alcoholic party, they have tons of fixin’s for Italian Sodas.

They really do have everything you need for a great holiday party.  Of course, don’t forget to pick up the ingredients for my two cocktails to really send your party over the top!

Peppermint Martini
  • 2 oz Peppermint Schnapps's
  • 4 oz vodka
  • 4 oz simple syrup
  • candy canes
  • white chocolate and crushed candy canes, opt
  1. Melt ¼ cup white chocolate chips in microwave until melted. Dip rim of martini glass in melted white chocolate and then in crushed candies.
  2. Add schnapp's, vodka, simple syrup, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Mix well and then strain into prepared martini glass. Add a candy cane to glass. The candy cane will add the color and an extra minty punch. (Or if your inpatient and really want it red without waiting, add a couple drops of red food dye.)
  3. *Make ahead and keep in the fridge until party time.*


And if you need more cocktail inspiration check out my guest post today over at Cocktails with Mom.  I’m featuring my Chocolate Covered Cherry Cocktail created after my favorite holiday treat!


Chocolate Covered Cherries Cocktail

You won’t want to miss that one!

Oh and if you live in Arizona….check out my giveaway for another $25 gc to Whole Foods  on East Valley Mom Guide (only for AZ folks).  You can enter both, but you can win only once.

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Disclaimer: Whole Foods AZ provided me with a selection of appetizers and compensation to facilitate my review.  All opinions and recipes are my own.


  1. CurtnZedda Troyer says:

    MMMM! Looks scrummy! :)

  2. yum!

  3. That looks delish and I’m making it this holiday season !

  4. Tenielle S says:

    Too bad I dont drink, those look amazing! Guess I will have to try them out on my friends!

  5. I love peppermint during the holidays, definitely inspires me to try other peppermint stuff!

  6. Those drinks look amazing and tasty.

  7. Juliette Mariano-Carlson says:

    I love trying new food and drink recipes! The peppermint martini looks beautiful and tasty!! Thanks!

  8. Katherine says:

    Very very festive

  9. Looks so delicious! I would make it for the New Year party.

  10. Mary Happymommy says:

    I’m not a drinker but that peppermint martini looks so pretty!

  11. Cynthia C says:

    What a festive holiday drink. Cheers!

  12. Jennifer Marie says:

    always make sure you have enough food for entertaining

  13. Peppermint…yummo!

  14. The chocolate peppermint cookies look amazing !!

  15. the peppermint martini looks yummy & very festive

  16. Rebecca Graham says:

    I am ready for a peppermint martini.

  17. I rarely drink but I think I might have to try that peppermint martini, looks delish!!!! I think I may become hooked

  18. Joscelyne Hilton says:

    Those drinks look delish!

  19. I need to find time to host a party now! I love peppermint and chocolate cherries <3 I am sure to make them both :)

  20. Can’t wait to try that recipe!

  21. this recipe sounds awesome

  22. Mary Calabrese says:

    It sounds so yummy.

  23. Peppermint just seems to go with the holidays, I’m gonna have to try the Peppermint Martini.

  24. awesome drink recipes I love having people over for drinks!

  25. I love entertaining and I think I have the food part down pat. However, I seem to lack in the drinks department. Thanks for giving yummy fun suggestions that go beyond wine!

  26. I think my husband would like it. He likes anything mint I dont

  27. Potluck meals! Fun way to entertain.

  28. yum
    Thanks for the giveaway! Janna Johnson Janna@feedyourpig on gfc

  29. I love mint flavor. Sounds yummy.

  30. Tabathia B says:

    I love nancy’s crab cakes as appetizers

  31. Sweet martinis are definitely dangerous…they taste so good it’s easy to go overboard!

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  32. Kyl Neusch says:

    nancy’s crab cakes are good

  33. The martini looks great but I am not a fan of peppermint. I’d much rather try the chocolate one!

  34. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    I love to entertain and have found to do as much as i can the day before so i can enjoy the day too
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  35. I love the candy on the martini glass

  36. The crushed candy cane around the rim looks awesome!!

  37. Shirley Hicks says:

    i would love to try those recipes

  38. Miz Vickik says:

    these look really neat and the pictures are so eye-catching!

  39. Brittney House says:

    Those drinks look absolutely fab.

  40. Jennifer Reed says:

    The peppermint martini looks good and after viewing Whole Foods site I would love to make their recipe for eggnog pie for the holiday as well.

  41. Susan Smith says:

    These drinks look yummy

  42. susan smoaks says:

    we will be having this at our Christmas party!

  43. My friends are going to love the chocolate cherry cocktail. I will be making these at my next party.

  44. Aaron Bretveld says:

    That chocolate covered cherries cocktail looks really good. Too bad none of my family really drinks much so nobody would drink it even if I did make it when I had family over sometime.

  45. I want to try the peppermint martini

  46. The peppermint one is so pretty and sounds yummy.
    Thanks for the contest.


  1. […] I’m also featuring a cocktail on Around My Family Table, a Peppermint Martini. I thought it would be fun to link them together…in case you need some ideas for a cocktail or […]

  2. […] giveaway is in conjunction with my post and giveaway on Around My Family Table about holiday entertaining.  You may enter both giveaways, but can only win […]

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