Winter

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter, even if there isn’t snow yet on the ground where I live. What better way to celebrate the coming of winter (December 21st) then with some peppermint flavored drinks? Not only will they help keep you nice and warm, they’ll also taste delicious. Be forewarned. These might be so delicious, you might end up falling asleep before the festivities happen.

The Fireplace

image via refinedguy.com

image via refinedguy.com

This drink is something I came up with at one of my bars during an especially cold winter night. It’s incredibly strong, so please, drink with care.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz cognac
  • 3 dash of mint bitters
  • 0.5 oz amaretto

Equipment

  • Jigger
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Strainer
  • Stirring spoon
  • Martini glass
  • Ice

Directions

  1. Combine all liquid ingredients into the cocktail shaker then top with ice.
  2. Stir with stirring spoon slowly in a clockwise rotation for 20 seconds.
  3. Strain contents into a martini glass.


Candy Cane Martini

candy cane martini

image via LatinaTNT

There’s a lot of iterations of this drink, and for good reason. Candy cane’s are the candy of the winter time. You don’t have to celebrate christmas to know that it’s winter once you start seeing these guys in every store.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz peppermint schnapps
  • 2 oz white chocolate liquor

Equipment

  • Jigger
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Strainer
  • Ice
  • Martini Glass
  • Candy cane garnish and rim
  • Plastic bag
  • Wood mallet

Directions

  1. Coat the rim of the martini glass with crushed candy canes. You can crush the candy canes by placing them into a plastic bag and crushing them with a wooden mallet.
  2. Pour all the liquid ingredients into the shaker, then top with ice.
  3. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
  4. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a small candy cane.

Warm Coffee Grasshopper

Coffee Grasshopper

So maybe it doesn’t sound super enticing, but believe me, it’s delicious. I’m not really a bit coffee fan, but the warmth of the coffee along with the delicious creme de menthe will definitely get you ready to take on a wintry day.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz of coffee
  • 1 oz white creme de menthe
  • 1.5 oz vanilla vodka
  • 0.5 oz cream

Equipment

  • Jigger
  • Coffee mug
  • Spoon
  • Mint leaf garnish

Directions

  1. Make coffee of your choice and pour into coffee mug.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir well.
  3. Garnish with a mint leaf.
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Jasmine Greene has been a freelance writer for over four years with experience in video game, book and movie reviews. She lives in Manhattan. Nardio is her second of hopefully many (successful) web ventures. When she is not working as an executive assistant or at Nardio, Jasmine volunteers at Kitty Kind so that she can get her crazy cat lady on.

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