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nutcracker martini or a nutcrackertini is a festive holiday martini that consists of vanilla vodka, rumchata, chocolate liqueur, and hazelnut liqueur (frangelico) with a chocolate sauce garnished martini glass.

Nutcracker Martini

A Nutcracker Martini will surely put you in a festive spirit this holiday season! This manly, yet sweet cocktail is fit for royalty and will have you wishing it was the Christmas season year round. The tasty drink consists of vanilla vodka, chocolate liqueur, Rumchata, and hazelnut liqueur. This drink is smooth, but sip slowly as it packs a powerful punch! Mix up a batch of nutcracker martinis and have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Nutcracker Origin

The nutcrackers or wooden soldiers that we see around Christmas time originated in Germany around the early 1800s. Families put the nutcrackers in their windows to keep them safe from evil spirits. The first nutcrackers were made to mimic kings and soldiers. Nowadays, however, nutcrackers come in a variety of designs such as athletes, different hobbyists, military personnel, etc.

Nutcracker-tini

The nutcracker martini or nutcracker-tini for short is a sure to please holiday cocktail. Guests love it. I mean, how adorable is the name itself? The creamy drink itself is the actual icing on the cake so to speak. The sweet taste of vanilla vodka combined with the creamy goodness of chocolate liqueur and Rumchata is amazing. Top it off with a little Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur), and it will knock your socks off. Seriously, if you drink too many of these, your socks might just come off! You’ve been warned…

Martini Ingredients

Key ingredients for yummy vodka martinis consist of flavored vodkas such as vanilla along with creamy cordials like Irish Cream (Bailey’s), chocolate liqueur (Godiva), Rumchata, and many others. This nutcracker martini consists of many of those key ingredients. That can only mean one thing, this martini recipe is a KEEPER!

  • 3 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 1.5 oz Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1.5 oz Rumchata
  • 0.5 oz Frangelico

Instructions

Garnishing The Martini Glass

  • Drizzle chocolate sauce on the sides of the martini glass as you turn it (so that you get a little drizzle all around the glass).

Mixing Up The Martini

  • Fill cocktail shaker 1/2 way with ice.
  • Measure and pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker.
  • Shake vigorously.
  • Pour into garnished martini glass.

Naming This Martini

Before making this yummy drink, I was in the mood to create a funky martini. I wanted something similar to a tiramisu martini, but different. Rather than adding Bailey’s – oops, I mean Irish Cream (Bailey’s and Irish Cream are pretty much synonymous though!), I added Rumchata. If you haven’t tried Rumchata, do yourself a favor and try it! It’s similar to Irish Cream, but it’s like a creamy liqueur with spice. Not spicy as in heat, rather, spice as in a cinnamon flavor. It’s a sweet taste with a bit of a punch. And, instead of using Kahlua (coffee liqueur) which is in a tiramisu martini, I opted for Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur).

After the mixture was shaken up, I tasted it. It was magnificent! So great! However, I didn’t have a name for this dessert martini. I posted a picture on Facebook and Instagram and asked what this should be called. After many replies, it was decided that this would be called a Nutcracker Martini. I had never heard of a Nutcracker Martini. In fact, once I made this delicious cocktail, I wasn’t quite sure what to call this. And I’m actually obsessed with this name because it’s Christmas-y, festive, and has a nutty taste to it. It’s the perfect name!

Holiday Cocktails

A nutcracker martini is a fun Christmas cocktail that consists of vanilla vodka and some delicious liqueurs. If you want to try some other fun drinks that are festive like this, you might want to try these delicious concoctions:

Santa Clausmopolitan

White Christmas Martini

Sugar Cookie Martini

Candy Cane Martini

Gingerbread Martini

Holiday Desserts

And what would a holiday be with some festive drinks, but no desserts? It might leave you a little hungry. Let’s fix that problem with some easy to make holiday desserts. Hey, if you are making drinks, you don’t want to slave in the kitchen. These desserts are super easy to make and will give you time for other things this holiday season.

Cannoli Dip

Christmas Crack

Rolo Cookies

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

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nutcracker martini or a nutcrackertini is a festive holiday martini that consists of vanilla vodka, rumchata, chocolate liqueur, and hazelnut liqueur (frangelico) with a chocolate sauce garnished martini glass.
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Nutcracker-Tini

A Nutcracker Martini or Nutcracker-tini is a deliciously easy holiday cocktail to mix up this Christmas or any evening.
Course Drinks
Keyword chocolate martini, dessert martini, holiday, martini
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person
Author jenahoward

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 1.5 oz Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1.5 oz Rumchata
  • 0.5 oz Frangelico

Instructions

Garnishing The Martini Glass

  • Drizzle chocolate sauce on the sides of the martini glass as you turn it (so that you get a little drizzle all around the glass).

Mixing Up The Martini

  • Fill cocktail shaker 1/2 way with ice.
  • Measure and pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker.
  • Shake vigorously.
  • Pour into garnished martini glass.
  • ENJOY!

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