When I took on the task of writing that story about Christmas cocktails for the current print issue, I was under orders to include our editor’s favourite holiday beverage. The piece kind of got away from me, though — veered into territory I hadn’t planned — and things didn’t quite work out. So, here, to placate Whitworth, is that missing cocktail….

Peppermint Schnapps and Hot Chocolate
1 oz peppermint schnapps
hot chocolate
Pour schnapps into a coffee mug. Top with hot chocolate. Stir.

Okay. I get it. It tastes like you’re drinking an After Eight. I suppose that’s about a Christmassy as they come, cocktail-wise. Still, I don’t know how I feel about it. I’m sure it’s delicious. But I have trouble endorsing any drink that involves schnapps. Dr McGillicuddy was the ruin of far too many reputations in my high school.

So, instead, I’ll counter with this….

Mocha Mint
1 oz Kahlua
3/4 oz creme de menthe
3/4 oz creme de cacao
Shake well with ice. Serve in a pre-chilled cocktail glass.