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3 Peppermint Schnapps Cocktails


Peppermint Schnapps gets a bad rap, which is understandable. The liqueur is nearly undrinkable on its own. It’s sticky sweet with a mintiness that’s more akin to toothpaste than the herb. Used properly in a cocktail, however, peppermint schnapps becomes one of winter’s most underrated spirits. Delicious with ice cream and dessert cocktails like the Grasshopper, the candy cane-flavored liqueur is just what Santa ordered.

Here, three peppermint schnapps cocktails to mix up this winter.

There are many ways to spike hot chocolate, but this is one of our favorites. Inspired by the French tradition of sipping green chartreuse-laden hot chocolate after a day on the Alpine slopes, it includes both the herbaceous liqueur and a hit of peppermint schnapps for a deliciously minty kick. After a day of skiing (or working, or shoveling snow, or doing pretty much anything), you’ll want nothing more than a mugful of this indulgent drink.

The Essentials

Peppermint Schnapps
Green Chartreuse
Hot Chocolate
We gave the classic Grasshopper a white Christmas makeover. Swapping out bright green crème de menthe for clear peppermint schnapps leaves you with a creamy, snowy-white sipper. Each sip is like a blast of winter air with a liquified Junior Mint finish. Serve this decadent tipple as a Christmas Eve digestif, and you’ll be dreaming of sugar plum fairies before your head even hits the pillow.

The Essentials

Peppermint Schnapps
White Chocolate Liqueur
Heavy Cream
After a whirlwind night of global present delivery, chimney shimmying, and platter after platter of cookies, Saint Nick deserves a boozy pick-me-up. This spiked milkshake recipe is the perfect way to end the Christmas holiday. Made with peppermint schnapps and vanilla ice cream, this milkshake is layered with the bitter, icy frost of Branca Menta and the sweet sassafras notes of Coca-Cola.  

The Essentials

Branca Menta
Peppermint Schnapps
Vanilla Ice Cream

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