So tonight, ditch the traditional milk and cookies and leave Santa a Peppermint Mocha, loaded with serious chocolate, a hint of caffeine, and a wee tipple of peppermint schnapps. If you live in the great white north, you can make the hot version ... if it's still balmy in your clime, choose the milkshake option. Top either with whipped cream and crushed candy cane for a festive presentation, and you're sure to earn a permanent spot on the "nice" list.
Peppermint Mocha (Icy Version)
1 pint dark chocolate ice cream
3 Tbs. strong cold coffee
3 Tbs. peppermint schnapps
2 Tbs. whole milk
crushed peppermint candy
Scoop ice cream into your blender. Top with milk, and let it settle for a minute. Add coffee and schnapps. Blend well. Pour into one or two large cold glasses. Top with whipped cream and crushed candy. Serve with straws, of course.
Peppermint Mocha (Toasty Version)
3 Tbs. good dark cocoa powder (I prefer Scharffen Berger)
3 Tbs. granulated sugar
1/2 c. strong coffee
1 1/2 c. whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbs. peppermint schnapps
In a saucepan, whisk coffee, cocoa, sugar, and salt over low heat until smooth. Simmer, whisking, for about 2 minutes, making sure you get the whisk all the way around the pan so nothing scorches.
Add milk, increase heat to medium low, and cook (whisking on occasion) until steam rises and tiny bubbles form around the edge of the pan (about 12 minutes). DO NOT BOIL.
Add vanilla and schnapps. Divide between two mugs (if you feel like sharing), top with whipped cream or marshmallow fluff, and sprinkle with crushed candy cane (or hang a cane off the side of the mug to use for stirring).
These recipes can both be doubled easily.
What do you leave out for the Elf-Meister? Come on, share!
And happy holidays to one and all!!