Peppermint Shot Recipe

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This peppermint shot recipe couldn’t be more perfect for the holiday season. With a rich creamy peppermint taste and a pretty holiday look, these delicious treats are sure to be the star of your next Christmas party.

Peppermint shot recipes with whipped cream

It’s the perfect time of year for peppermint desserts and cocktail recipes and these peppermint shots fit perfectly into both categories. Even better, it just takes a few ingredients to create this sweet and creamy treat with a cool and delicious holiday peppermint flavor.

Like most of our favorite party recipes, including this White Chocolate Peppermint Martini, this one is also easy – there’s no blender or cocktail shaker needed! These little shots pack a punch, but they’re so smooth and delicious that they go down easily (maybe even a little too easily, so be sure to pace yourself)!

These festive peppermint shots will get this year’s holiday party started off with some delicious and boozy holiday fun. Once you try it, you’ll want to give this recipe a permanent spot on your holiday cocktail list!

Peppermint Shot Recipe from above

💖Why We Love This Recipe

Perfect for the Holidays – The creamy peppermint flavor and fun candy garnish make this the ideal shot for any holiday party.

It’s Easy – This recipe is so easy that you don’t even need to a cocktail shaker. Simply pour all your ingredients into a shot glass and you’re done!

Tastes Like Dessert – Thanks to the addition of half and half and white chocolate liqueur, this shot is rich and creamy with a delicious, sweet taste. It’s both a drink and a dessert in one treat!


Peppermint Shot Recipe Ingredients
  • Whipped cream vodka
  • Peppermint schnapps or another mint liqueur
  • White chocolate liqueur
  • Half and half
  • Corn syrup (for the rim)
  • Crushed peppermints or candy canes (for the rim)
  • Whipped cream (for topping)

📖How to Make Peppermint Shots

Step 1: To rim the shot glass, pour corn syrup onto a shallow plate or saucer. Place the crushed peppermint candies on another plate.

Dipping rim of shot glass into Karo syrup

Step 2: Dip the rim of the glass into the corn syrup and then into the candy. Be sure that the entire rim is covered.

Shot glass with peppermint rim

Step 3: Pour the vodka into your shot glass.

Pouring vodka into glass

Step 4: Add the peppermint schnapps.

Pouring peppermint schnapps into glass

Step 5: Add the half and half.

Adding half & half to glass

Step 6: Finally, add the white chocolate liqueur.

Pouring white chocolate liquor into glass

Step 7: Garnish with whipped cream and enjoy!

Three peppermint shots on table

Tips & Tricks

  • If you don’t have whipped cream vodka, you can substitute vanilla, plain, or even chocolate vodka.
  • Use Godiva dark chocolate liqueur instead of white chocolate if you want to make a chocolate peppermint version of this shot.
  • Add some additional crushed peppermints, chocolate shavings, or holiday sprinkles on top of the whipped cream for an additional garnish. These would also be cute garnished with mini candy canes or a peppermint stick.
  • Be sure to use real half and half or heavy whipping cream in this recipe. Milk won’t give you the same rich taste and creamy texture.
  • If you prefer to savor these as a Christmas cocktail rather than a shot, you can serve them in a small martini or cocktail glass.
Peppermint Shot Recipe on wooden board

Can I Make a Large Batch of These at Once?

Sure – the best way to serve a crowd is to multiply the recipe and pour all of the ingredients into a small pitcher or cocktail shaker. Give it a quick stir and then pour into your shot glasses.

More Holiday Cocktails and Shots

Peppermint Shots recipe card
5 from 43 votes

Peppermint Shot Recipe

Course Cocktail
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
This peppermint shot recipe, with a rich creamy peppermint flavor and fun candy cane garnish, is the perfect festive shot for all your holiday parties!



  • ½ ounce whipped cream vodka
  • ½ ounce peppermint schnapps
  • ½ ounce half and half
  • ½ ounce white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup for the rim
  • 2 tbsp crushed peppermints for the rim
  • whipped cream for topping


  • To rim the shot glass, pour the corn syrup onto a shallow plate or saucer and place the crushed peppermint candies on another plate.
    1 tbsp corn syrup for the rim, 2 tbsp crushed peppermints for the rim
  • Dip the rim of the glass into the corn syrup and then into the candy, so that the entire rim is covered.
  • Pour the vodka and peppermint schnapps into your shot glass.
    ½ ounce whipped cream vodka, ½ ounce peppermint schnapps
  • Add the half and half, then the white chocolate liqueur.
    ½ ounce half and half, ½ ounce white chocolate liqueur
  • Garnish with whipped cream, if desired.
    whipped cream for topping


If you’d like to turn these fun shots into a Christmas cocktail, just mix and serve in a small martini or cocktail glass.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 19mg | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.01mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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