Christmas Blizzard

My wife wanted a peppermint drink to enjoy this holiday. I don’t keep peppermint schnapps on my liquor shelf, though, and this would normally present a challenge. But I approach cocktail recipes the same way I do making a meal–there is always a substitute. I have peppermint extract that we’ve used for holiday cookies. Some simple syrup and vodka combined with the peppermint extract would act as a decent equivalent for schnapps.

But equivalency isn’t a tasty drink. Instead, I decided to just use the peppermint extract as an ingredient in a quick cocktail. My wife is calling it a Christmas Blizzard after the blizzard that blew through here and left us enough time to experiment with cocktails.

Christmas Blizzard cocktail with a candy-cane

Made with Irish cream and peppermint extract, this creamy drink is served cool, but warms you up as you enjoy it.

Christmas Blizzard

  • 2oz Baileys Irish cream
  • 1oz coffee liquor
  • 1oz creme de cacao
  • 2 drops peppermint extract
  • 1oz whole milk, half-and-half, or light cream
  • Enough ice to fill 1/3 of a Boston shaker

    Combine all ingredients into a Boston shaker and shake. Strain into rocks glass. Enjoy!