Schnapps in December

Ah, December! The time of the year when I can pull out that bottle of Peppermint Schnapps that has been gathering dust and put it to use.

I could fall back on the classics like the Stinger (1 part Peppermint Schnapps to 2 parts Brandy and pour over ice) or the Girl Scout Cookie (1/2 oz each Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahula and Peppermint Schnapps shaken over ice and strained into a glass). I once started a party with Mint Shooters (2 oz of Creme de Menthe and 1 oz of Peppermint Schnapps shaken over ice and served in a shot glass). Bracing!

After Eight Shooter

Mint Shooter

Two of my favorites things to make with Peppermint Schnapps are the Polar Bear Shake and Hot Schnocolate.

IMG_20141213_205609918Polar Bear Shake

1 1/2 oz Peppermint Schnapps
1/2 oz Cream de Cacao
3 scoops vanilla ice cream

Mix in a blender and serve in a tall glass with a candy cane or (my preference) a drizzle of chocolate sauce

and

hot schnocolateHot Schnocolate

2 cups milk
8 tablespoons of Ghirardelli’s Sweet Ground Chocolate (or 1/2 cup of your preferred hot chocolate mix)
1/4 cup Peppermint Schnapps
whipped cream or marshmallows

Add milk and ground chocolate to a saucepan. Heat while stirring until steaming. Add in Peppermint Schnapps. Serve in mugs topped with either whipped cream or marshmallows.

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