White Christmas Martini

White Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas movies.  I would watch it with my Mom when I was little, and I always have to watch it at least once every year.  I love classic old movies like that, with the women all elegant in their fancy dresses and the spectacle of it all.  I am not always a musical person, but the songs from this movie are classics that I enjoy because they remind me of when I was little and my parents used to play them around this time of the year. Hopefully this year in Minnesota we will have our own white Christmas, with just the right amount of snow on the ground.  It is looking a little brown right now, so more snow by Christmas would be nice so I can go skiing!
A few years back, when we had no snow for Christmas and it was brown outside, I created my own "White Christmas" in the form of a delicious drink.  It is kind of like eggnog, only I didn't go buy a carton at the store and just add some liquor to it, I created my own martini instead.  It is my own twist on the classic made creamy with coconut milk, spiced with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg and scented with vanilla and almond.  This has become something that I make at least once a year around the Holidays.

People like different types of liquor in their eggnog, but I skip the rum and do a combination of cognac and bourbon which is what I usually have on hand.  It is some of the best eggnog I have ever had (if you can really call it that because it is technically not eggnog, but it is my blog so I will).  It is smooth and boozy but also contains light and beautiful flavors thanks to the vanilla and almond.  I garnish it with some sprinkles because I can and I just can't resist being festive!  It tastes like Christmas!  Whether you have snow on the ground where you live or not, you deserve to enjoy one of these, kick back and forget about Holiday stress, and you should totally make yourself one.  Cheers!

White Christmas Martini
Makes 1




  • 4-6 large ice cubes
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/2 oz bourbon*
  • 1 1/2 oz cognac*
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla bean syrup*
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk (well mixed together)
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • nutmeg for sprinkling



  1. To make rim, Spread sprinkles out on a small plate. Coat the rim of the martini glass with the syrup by dipping it into it on a plate, then dip the syrup coated rim into the sprinkles and set aside.
  2. In a martini shaker add the ice, vanilla, almond extract, liquors, vanilla bean syrup, coconut milk, cinnamon and place top on shaker.
  3. Shake until well blended. Pour through a strainer into a the prepared martini glass, dust with a little nutmeg and serve!


*Vanilla Bean Syrup:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • seeds of one vanilla bean


Heat water until boiling, remove from heat and whisk in syrup and vanilla beans, until nectar is dissolved. Chill well before using in drinks. Makes 1/2 cup syrup

*You can find out if your liquors are vegan on Barnivore.


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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

  1. December 21, 2011 at 01:36

    That looks amazing! So festive. Much lighter than eggnog too, I might have to try this for the holiday :)

  2. December 21, 2011 at 01:50

    Impressive! You should write a book, or better yet, open a restaurant, I'll be your partner. Classy drinks, small plates, neighborhood atmostphere, Minneapolis needs this!

  3. December 21, 2011 at 09:53

    What a perfectly festive drink! I could do with one of those right now to help with the gift wrapping....!

  4. December 21, 2011 at 15:42

    This looks so great! And I love that it's vegan, being lactose intolerant. I bet the coconut milk tastes great with the bourbon and cognac too! :)

  5. December 21, 2011 at 16:16

    It has been unseasonably warm, hasn't it? Although it might not look very Christmas-y outside, this drink sure looks festive!

  6. December 21, 2011 at 16:36

    The drink is exactly where I want my white. Last year's winter did me in for a few years. And this is so much prettier than long-term snow! Very clever. Very sweet. Wishing you a joyful holiday week.

  7. December 21, 2011 at 21:38

    So pretty with that candy rim on the glass--wishing you snow! I would send you some if I could.

  8. December 22, 2011 at 14:30

    What a lovely holiday drink. This is my first visit to your blog so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really love the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  9. December 22, 2011 at 15:47

    This snowy martini is lovely. Love those no-pariels on the rim. Also love the no egg. We don't see snow here in FL but I can pretend. Thanks for sharing this. Happy Holidays!

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  11. December 23, 2011 at 00:56

    Looks scrumptious! I am getting snow right now and it's cold outside...so...Oh Ya! Looks like a holiday drink is in order! I don't have bourbon, but I do have Grand Marnier which I think will be pretty Christmasy! and I'm sure will warm me up! Luv your recipes, and have linked your blog to my new website: http://www.2healthandwellness.org/ <br />showing your festive foodies to all! <br />Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and yours! Namaste Jwls

  12. December 23, 2011 at 08:24

    Hope Santa brings you some snow this Christmas!!

  13. December 26, 2011 at 16:13

    This drink looks so festive and delicious!!

  14. December 5, 2014 at 14:52

    This looks AMAZING. Would it be okay with you if I feature your recipe in a roundup? I'd love to include a photo in the collage, and of course I'll link over to this post.

    • December 5, 2014 at 14:55

      Thank you :)! Of course you can, if you link back I never mind.

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