It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is already the first day of December! December means snowfall, the holidays, and my favorite-Peppermint Mocha Lattes. I am not normally a latte drinker, if you hand me a regular coffee from any diner I will enjoy it just as much as a fancy coffee brewed from any ‘must go-to’ café, but once the holidays roll around I crave Peppermint Mocha Lattes! I blame this addiction on my college days when I would be up all night writing papers and cramming for finals before the holiday break (don’t be fooled, I was not an over-achiever, I just had a horrible problem with procrastination), and these lattes were my secret weapon for staying awake.
Now when December is here I can relax, sip happily and toast to the holiday season with my favorite holiday combo of Peppermint and Mocha mixed together in a cocktail.
Peppermint Mocha Martini
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for at least ten seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Another delicious way to make a boozy twist on the Peppermint Mocha Latte is by adding Kahlúa’s holiday limited edition, Peppermint Mocha, to your coffee or hot chocolate. Their Peppermint Mocha offering is amazing and I highly suggest stocking up on it before it’s gone!
From time to time, I like to take a look at the analytics for Cocktail Culture. It’s really interesting to me to see where you all are coming from and how you got here. One thing I’ve noticed, of late, is that there are a lot of visitors ending up at Cocktail Culture who are looking for peppermint cocktails. Makes sense—peppermint and winter just seem to go together.
The problem is my site doesn’t feature many peppermint drinks, so I figured I’d better throw one up here before I lose you! I’ve been reading A Mountain of Crushed Ice a lot lately, so I couldn’t help thinking these ingredients would be beautiful with crushed ice. It’s so much better than blending a drink—no brain freeze! So here it is—ye asked and ye shall receive. Don’t say I never gave you anything! Cheers!
The People’s Peppermint Crush:
1 oz. Chocolate Syrup
1 oz. Coconut Cream
1 oz. Heavy Cream
¾ oz. Dark Rum
½ oz. Hiram Walker Peppermint Schnapps
Combine Chocolate Syrup, Coconut Cream, and Heavy Cream in a cocktail shaker with ice. Stir. Add Dark Rum and Hiram Walker Peppermint Schnapps. Shake thoroughly. Strain over crushed ice in a highball glass. Garnish with mint.
I’m not a winter person. There, I said it. I’ve lived in New England my whole life—seen blizzards, ice storms, and ever-so-many Winter Weather Advisories, but I never get used to it. Sure, a white Christmas is nice, but I think the cold weather should go out with the Christmas tree, come January 1st. Instead, I’m stuck with three (sometimes four) more friggin’ frigid months of frozen eyelashes, dry, pale skin, and static shock.
To soothe my soul and suppress my SAD, I like to sip on a nice Monte Cristo, a warm cocktail that combines the flavors of orange and coffee. If you’ve got the winter blues like me, thaw out with one of these bad boys and dream about sunshine and flip flops. Winter will be over before you know it….I hope.
¾ oz. Kahlua
¾ oz. Hiram Walker Triple Sec
1 cup coffee
Rim a glass coffee mug with sugar. Add liqueurs and fill with hot coffee. Stir. Top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and orange zest.
Warning: while this drink is delicious it is not particularly figure friendly. If you’re New Year’s resolution is still alive check out some low-cal cocktails or limit yourself to one Monte Cristo as a “cheat.” Everything in moderation…