December 14, 2008
Given the holiday season and all of the partying and gift giving going on, I thought I’d write a little more often over the next two weeks to provide you with gift ideas (some to purchase and some to make yourself) as well as treats you can make for your next holiday party.
Two weeks ago I featured my Cranberry Apple Sangria, which is perfect for a holiday party, but it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t also pass along this cute cocktail that I came across at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show. To add more festive cheer to the season, try out my rendition of the peppermint martini that I adapted from a recipe by Tommy Bahama Rum. They were passing out recipe cards with a variety of holiday-themed cocktails at the Tommy Bahama tasting booth during the cooking show, but unfortunately, the recipes are not posted on their site.
Going the more traditional martini route, I use vodka instead of rum (note: martinis are actually traditionally made with gin, but the more modern tradition is to use vodka). Peppermint schnapps give the drink its dominant flavor, and I add a little light agave nectar to sweeten it up a bit. No need to go searching all over for light agave nectar if you can’t find it (usually located in natural food stores); you can easily use simple syrup (1 part water, 1 part sugar heated until sugar is dissolved - cool to room temperature).
When I tested my recipe, I could just image it going great with some Christmas cookies. Make sure you have martini glasses and the festive red sugar on hand along with a cocktail shaker and measure jigger to make a good cocktail. Drink responsibly and have fun!
Adapted from a recipe by Tommy Bahama Rum
Note: To make one cocktail at a time, 1 part = 1 oz.
1 1/2 parts vodka
1 part peppermint schnapps
1 part crème de cacao
1 part whole milk
1/2 tablespoon light agave nectar (or simple syrup, refer to article)
Red decorating sugar
Prepare the rim of your martini glasses first with the red decorative sugar. Empty the sugar onto a plate. Take one martini glass and neatly wet the rim of the glass by running the tips of your pointer finger and thumb under water (clean hands of course) and then running your fingers along the rim of the glass. Next, dip the rim of the glass into the plate of sugar. Complete the same process for any remaining martini glasses you plan to use.
To make the martini, add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker along with a few cubes of ice. Cover shaker with the caps and shake for about 15 seconds. Remove the strainer cover and strain the martini into one of your sugar rimmed glasses. Serve immediately.