Okay it was me. I said it. Want one? I’m obsessed with peppermint and snowflakes this Christmas. I don’t know, maybe it has something to do with the fact that it never snows here,(well, over 30 some years ago it once snowed here in south Florida, (but I was 10 and lived in Ohio) and I’m longing for the magic and nostalgia of Christmas. What better way to capture the spirit than decorating my place with snowflakes, enjoying the cool mint flavor of a chocolate peppermint martini? Anything goes with chocolate! Even ants. But I’d rather have a chocolate peppermint martini.
Your holiday guests will enjoy these, guaranteed. Just make sure you don’t make Aunt Irene’s too strong, because I promise you, she will be begging for seconds. Remember, she’s already had a hip replacement, and nobody likes a trip to the ER during the holiday season!
What you will need: (if making more than one at a time, remember it’s (mostly) equal parts of everything, or you can cut back or be generous with certain ingredients. *wink wink*)
1.) 1 oz. Vodka
2.) 1/2 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
3.) Chocolate Syrup ( for star in bottom of glass. I usually pour my syrup in a plastic squeeze bottle with a small opening.)
4.) 1 oz. of Milk (half and half , Silk for the lactose intolerant, or try Coffee Mate Peppermint Mocha creamer that is what I use.)
5.) 1/2 oz. of Baileys Chocolate Mint Liquer
6.) Finely crushed peppermint candies, small candy canes, Andes peppermint candies, or Ghirardelli peppermint bark, and Whipped Cream (for garnish)
8. Martini Shaker
Moisten martini rim and dip in crushed peppermint candies. With chocolate syrup make a Star at the bottom and sides of the glass. Add ice and pour all ingredients into martini shaker and shake well. Strain into martini glass and garnish with whipped cream and your favorite peppermint candies (ie Ghirardelli peppermint bark, Hershey’s Peppermint Kisses, Andes peppermint pieces or a small candy cane.)
Happy Holidays from my (small) kitchen to yours!