I had my first White Russian when I had first turned 21. In fact I think it may have been one of my very first cocktails. My friend Camille – who had been 21 for all of about 2 months before, was deemed the expert on all things alcohol related (she also worked at a restaurant/bar which only added to her wealth of knowledge). She handed me a drink and said “Here, try this”. I faithfully took a sip and decided it was delicious.
As any other 21 year old, I knew there had to be other tasty drinks out there, just as good as this one, thus my love for White Russians was quickly forgotten.
Every time I see a bottle of Kahlúa and it reminds me of those White Russians we used to drink. Nowadays I reserve them just for special occasions, so I thought it would be fun to put a holiday twist on them for my 12 Cocktails of Christmas series.
Peppermint (and all things candy cane flavor) are my absolute favorite – I think it compares to how many people feel about pumpkin. That is how I feel about peppermint.
Obviously addition of peppermint, and peppermint alone, would make this drink utterly irresistible. The combination of Kahlúa with peppermint schnapps plus a generous amount of half and half (mmm..creamy) works wonders. It’s not only festive, but easy to make in a hurry if you have last minute company.
And the crushed candy cane rim adds the perfect holiday flair. But I’m not going to lie, crushing candy canes is kind of a pain. My favorite tip – when I’m crushing some, I normally try to make a little extra and store them in a tupperwear container to use for the rest of December in case I need some on a whim.
Also it can be a little tricky to get smashed up candy canes to stick to the outside of a glass, so to rim mine, I dipped the edge of my glasses in a little clear corn syrup before dipping them into the candy cane.
- ¾ oz Kahlúa
- ¾ oz Vodka
- ¾ oz Peppermint Schnapps
- Half and half
- Crushed candy canes
- Clean corn syrup
- Fill an old fashioned glass with ice (rimmed with crushed candy cane, if desired). Pour in Kahlúa, vodka and Peppermint Schnapps.Top off the glass with half and half to fill.
- Lightly dip the edge of glass into corn syrup, then dip the glass into crushed candy canes to garnish.