No, you're not seeing double. I did a post that was almost identical to this one yesterday. Almost identical. That post had cranberry liqueur cocktail recipes. This post has the exact same format, but different recipes. These recipes use peppermint liqueur. A different taste altogether.
I recently wrote a post about how to make Homemade Peppermint Liqueur (Peppermint Schnapps). It's simple to make. However, it has to steep for 2 weeks; so, plan ahead. This festive liqueur is great to have on hand during the holidays, and it makes a great gift. It's also a great mixer for refreshing summer time drinks.
6 cocktail recipes. In this post, I'm sharing 6 recipes for easy cocktails you can make using the peppermint liqueur. During the holiday season and winter, adding this liqueur to a cup of hot cocoa is hard to beat. (View my recipe for Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix.) But, don't stop there. There are easy summertime cocktails that are so refreshing with a touch of this minty delight. Minty lemonade? Hard to go wrong there.
Make it a gift. In addition to the recipes, I'm providing you with a downloadable recipe card that has all of the recipes on one card. That way you can print it out and tie it to your liqueur bottles--handy for you, and also if you give it as a gift. You'll find free downloadable gift tags near the bottom of the post, too.
Here's what you need to assemble to make the cocktails:
Peppermint liqueur. You can buy it ready-made (Peppermint Schnapps); or if you want to make a homemade batch, here's my recipe.
Mixers. Below are some of the non-alcoholic mixers I chose from. In the recipes in this post, I used the lemonade, egg nog, Sierra Mist, hot cocoa & iced tea (not pictured), lemons and limes. You'll see once you start trying these recipes, that it's easy to come up with other combinations with additional mixers. So many possibilities.
For alcohol mixers (not pictured), I used vodka, champagne, Bailey's Irish cream, and creme de cacao, along with the peppermint liqueur.
6 simple, delicious peppermint liqueur cocktails: (pictured left to right)
2. Elf Tea. Pour 1 tablespoon peppermint liqueur and 1 tablespoon Bailey’s Irish Cream over ice in glass or mug. Fill with iced tea & stir. View & Print Elf Tea Recipe
3. Mint Chocolate Nog. Pour 1 tablespoon peppermint liqueur, 1 tablespoon crème de cacao, & 1 tablespoon Bailey’s Irish cream into lowball glass. Add eggnog to fill glass and stir. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg (optional). View & Print Mint Chocolate Nog Recipe
4. Minty Hot Cocoa. Pour 1 tablespoon peppermint liqueur into mug. Fill mug with hot cocoa. Top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candy. Serve with a candy cane. View & Print Minty Hot Chocolate Recipe
5. Peppermint Kiss. Add 1 tablespoon peppermint liqueur to champagne flute. Fill with champagne or sparkling wine. Garnish with a small candy cane. View & Print Peppermint Kiss Recipe
6. Mint Cooler. Pour 2 tablespoons peppermint liqueur over ice in highball glass. Add 3-4 lime slices. Fill glass with lemon-lime soda (7-Up, Sprite, Sierra Mist). View & Print Mint Cooler Recipe
Here is a downloadable recipe card that includes all 6 recipes. You can print and cut it out to keep for handy reference for yourself. Or, include a copy of the recipe card with a gift bottle of peppermint liqueur. This is the finishing touch on a beautiful, unique homemade gift. Click on the recipe card below to download and print a sheet (2 copies per sheet).
I found inspiration for these recipes at drinksmixer.com--also a good source for additional cocktail recipes.
Here are two downloadable gift tags that you can print (cardstock recommended), hole punch, and tie onto a gift bottle of peppermint liqueur. Or, any gift bottle, for that matter. Click on the image to download and print a sheet of either gift tag design.
The photo below shows how I decorated my peppermint liqueur for a gift. To continue the peppermint theme, I rolled the recipe card around a candy cane and secured it with a rubberband. I attached the CHEERS! gift tag to the bottle with another rubberband (punched a hole in the upper left corner of the gift tag, looped a rubberband through the hole and put the rubberband around the bottle). Finally, I tied the candy cane to the bottle with same the ribbon that I used to tie a bow.
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