Peppermint Infused Vodka // Peppermint Vodka Hot Cocoa

Can we discuss the fact that while backing out of my garage yesterday morning, and onto my  driveway  that was covered in snow and snow drifts that were up to my bum (I’m short, this isn’t an amazing feat by any means)…that I may have careened slighty into my yard…but who knows, my driveway could just be amazingly wide, it is anyone’s guess. Everything is just white and frozen.  There was no harm done, however, I am sure my neighbors are concerned about my driving skills, or lack there of…so perhaps my pride is a touch bruised.  It is probably best just to give me ample space and room…


You might be wondering why I haven’t shoveled or snow blown my drive and that is a legitimate concern/question and before Sunday, before we are blasted with another round of the fluffy white stuff, I will have to bundle up and find that darn snow shovel (which has been staring at me from the corner of the garage since well, last winter) and dust off the cobwebs and get in one hell of an arm workout.

But I haven’t done so yet, because I have a Jeep.  And well, it glides right over a good sized drift, but come Sunday…it might be a bit much and well I will feel bad for the pizza delivery man or even the postmaster, since I am not on good terms with him as it is.  Update…my drive was shoveled when I returned home from work.  I confess, I may have snagged a good one :)   So much for getting in that arm workout.

But right now, my driveway looks like I took a shot of this peppermint infused vodka and then quite possibly chased it with a spiked hot chocolate all before heading to work.  Which would have been a decent idea if I were able to work from home…which makes me believe that it is a good thing I don’t.

You might be thinking…peppermint – eh.  December is behind us and thus are the holidays and well, so should peppermint.  But I am guessing that you have dismantled the Christmas tree(s) and the like and have a few rogue candy canes laying about the house, taking up counter/drawer space until you get sick of pushing them aside and tossing them come Groundhogs Day.   I didn’t even have a Christmas tree this year and that is the truth…Candy Canes tend to materialize out of thin air and then linger well beyond their welcome.

Do me a favor, round up 5 candy canes, a mason jar (or any glass jar) plus lid, some vodka that I am sure lives in your freezer behind the frozen peas…and before no time (30 minutes actually), you will find yourself snuggled up on your couch with a mug of spiked peppermint hot chocolate, topped high with whipped cream…thinking of the new year and what lies ahead and perhaps taking pause and reminiscing on the year that has just passed …or you are just watching another Orange is the New Black or Downton Abbey on Netflix and need something to take off the edge of a crazy ass work week.  Either way, I get ya.  I totally do.


Peppermint Vodka // Peppermint Vodka Hot Cocoa
 
Ingredients
  • 5 Candy Canes
  • 1+1/2 Cups Vodka
Instructions
  1. Place candy canes in a plastic bag ( i.e. ZipLock) and using a hammer or rolling pin, crush candy canes until they are near a fine powder. Pulsing the candy canes in a food processor will also do the trick (but it makes more dishes)
  2. Place crushed candy canes in a quart sized mason jar and pour vodka over. Replace lid on mason jar and swirl contents gently.
  3. Let mixture infuse for 30 minutes.
  4. Once infused, strain contents through a cheese cloth. Return to original mason jar and place in refrigerator.
  5. Good for about a month if refrigerated and sealed.

 

For hot chocolate….

1 cup of your favorite hot cocoa – whatever type you are able/willing to make will do the trick.  I have used everything from homemade stovetop the way grandma used to make to packets of powder to K-cups.
2 ounce ‘shot’ of peppermint infused vodka
Whipped Cream
Crushed peppermint sticks (optional)
Shaved chocolate (optional)

Make hot chocolate in your favorite mug.  Stir in peppermint infused vodka.  Top with ample amounts of whipped cream.  Sprinkle on crushed peppermint and shaved chocolate.  Drink.  Repeat.

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