Vanilla Peppermint Martini
1 1/2 oz vanilla vodka
1 oz peppermint schnapps
Chill the martini glasses by filling with crushed ice and cold water. Remove the water and ice from glasses. Pour vodka and schnapps in a shaker over crushed ice and shake well. Strain peppermint martini into glass and garnish with mint sprig and mini candy cane.
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Mexican Fruit Sangria
2 bottles Rioja red wine
2 c brandy
1 c fresh orange juice
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
1 apple, cored and cut into thin wedges
1 pear, cored and cut into thin wedges
1 750mL club soda, chilled
Combine the wine, brandy, juice, and fruit in a large container or glass pitcher, cover and chill completely, 1-2 hours should be enough. Add soda to mixture when ready to serve. Use a little lime juice to rim the glasses and dip into the brown sugar. Serve with ice.
8 c chopped seedless watermelon
1/2 c freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tbsp sugar, plus more to taste
1/2 c vodka
Working in batches, puree the watermelon, lime juice, and sugar until smooth. Add more sugar if needed. Transfer puree to pitcher and add vodka. Chill until ready to serve. Stir, pour into glasses with ice, and garnish with mint.
Boozy Hot Chocolate
3 c milk
3 1/2 oz good quality dark chocolate
3 tbsp honey
1 3 inch cinnamon stick
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 oz dark rum
In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the milk, chocolate, honey, and cinnamon stick. Stir occasionally with a whisk or wooden spoon until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is steaming hot. Remove from heat. Remove the cinnamon stick. Add vanilla and rum. Serve with whipped cream or marshmallows if desired!