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Friday Cocktail

Liven up your holidays with a Candy Cane Cocktail.

Candy Cane Cocktail

As far as cocktails go, this one is a relative newcomer.  And as I’ve found with more recent creations, there are a variety of ways to make it.  In fact, searching the name of this cocktail will net innumerable recipes and variations.  So what’s one more?

What you’ll need:  Vodka, White Creme de Menthe, Grenadine and Cream.  A candy cane or two helps.

Edge your cocktail glass with lemon juice and rim it with crushed candy cane granules.  Careful pour 1/2 ounce of grenadine in your glass.  In a shaker, pour 1 ounce each of vodka and white creme de menthe.  Add in about 1 1/2 ounces of cream (or milk if you’re counting calories).  Shake and then gently strain into your glass to create a creamy pink concoction that mimicks the taste of a candy cane.  Optionally, add a small candy cane as a garnish.

How I like it:  Well, since I whipped up the above recipe, that’s how I like it!  I was inspired to rim the glass with candy cane bits by seeing other recipes.  That could have worked out a bit better; it’s not as easy as it looks.  In future, mixing some some sugar in might help achieve a more even coating.  Also, other recipes suggest using such varied ingredients as peppermint schnapps, white creme de menthe, flavored vodkas, white chocolate liqueur, and even rum!  I went with what I had on hand and judged the proportions and flavors based on experience.  Thus the recipe above.  Hope you like this version.

Let me know what you think, and as always, drink responsibly!

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