Lately I’ve been trying to get my fill of all kinds of Christmasy things. Lance and I went to see Christmas play this weekend with some friends.
We saw the annual Celebration of Christmas put on by Phoenix First here in the valley. The play was wonderful. It was full of singing and dancing – and had lots of cute/modern ways to incorporate the holiday season, and of course the traditional Christmas story.
They had a live elephant, tiger and even camels in the production – it was crazy! You can check out their website for a short video trailer for the play if you’re interested!
Two of my favorite flavor combinations are chocolate and mint. If it’s in a line up I will almost always pick it, I can’t help it. It calls to me. I knew I had to make a chocolate peppermint cocktail for my 12 Cocktails of Christmas series.
After I mixed up this cocktail and tasted it, I couldn’t help but think that it reminded me of peppermint bark. While I was sipping on it, I kind of wanted to snack on some peppermint bark since the flavors were so similar (luckily I actually had some in the kitchen!)
It’s sweet and chooclatey, but has that perfect hint of peppermint mixed in. I used a little bit of chocolate syrup to swirl around the inside of the martini glass to make it look a little fancier (and to amp up the chocolate too).
- 2 Tbsp chocolate syrup, divided
- 1.5 oz creme de cocoa
- .75 oz vanilla vodka
- 1 oz peppermint schnapps
- 2 Tbsp half and half
- Drizzle the inside of a martini glass with about one tablespoon of chocolate syrup. Set aside.
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine remaining tablespoon of chocolate syrup, creme de cocoa, vanilla vodka, peppermint schnapps, and half and half. Shake until well chilled and combined. Strain into prepared glass.