Earlier this year, for my husband’s birthday, I made a peppermint vodka to surprise him with a special cocktail. He loves peppermint. The peppermint vodka is from Katherine’s blog, Love in my Oven, one of my favorites.
The cocktail she presented using the peppermint vodka was a peppermint chocolate cocktail, using crème de cacao. When he tasted the cocktail, he said it tasted like Christmas, so I thought I’d share Katherine’s recipe before the holidays!
One thing she recommended was to rim the cocktail glass in crushed candy canes, which I thought was a wonderful idea! Except that I couldn’t get them to work, so I settled on pearl sugar.
2 cups vodka
5 peppermint candy canes, broken in two
One drop of red food coloring, optional
In a clean jar, place the candy canes in the vodka and stir occasionally until they dissolve. Store in a dark place for up to 3 days, then use in the following cocktail, or create your own. I didn’t use the red food coloring just because I think the pink is really pretty!
Peppermint Chocolate Cocktail
4 ounces peppermint vodka
2 ounces clear crème de cacao
Combine the two ingredients and shake with a bit of crushed ice.
Strain and pour into a glass.
Rim with crushed candy canes if desired; let dry slightly before filling the glass with the cocktail. If you’re able to…
Make a small pitcher of this cocktail if you’re serving multiple purpose. The ratio of 2 to 1 is an easy one!