The Candy Cane Martini

It's sweet and tart, like a candy cane itself!

Food + Drink Stoli 12 Cocktails of Christmas Brian Webb

This article was published on December 1st, 2022

It’s Christmas, and that means it’s time for candy canes!

We’re talking about those sweet little candy canes that you put in your mouth and just… taste. They’re delicious, they’re fun, they’re a great conversation starter.

But did you know there’s a history behind them?

The first documented use of candy canes to celebrate Christmas occurred in 1847, when August Imgard, a German-Swedish immigrant from Wooster, Ohio decorated the Christmas tree with paper ornaments and candy canes.

The solid white sugar canes were on Christmas cards in the early 1900’s. The first red and white striped candy canes were made at the turn of the 19th century.

By 1920 and ever since, candy canes went from being rare handmade treats to mass-produced confectionaries, especially at Christmas.  

The candy cane has many different meanings throughout history—it’s sometimes used as a symbol of welcome and hospitality; other times it represents fertility; some cultures believe that it holds magical properties because its shape resembles a wand. Whatever its meaning to you, one thing we can agree on is that this sweet treat is a must-have during the holiday season.

Take your party guests on an adventure and show them a taste of the holiday season in style. Grab yourself some candy canes and make yourself this Candy Cane Martini.


  • 2 oz Stoli Elit 
  • 2 oz white crème de menthe 

Shake over ice. Strain into a martini glass rimmed with a crushed candy cane.

Enjoy and drink responsibly.

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