Friday, November 19, 2010

Holiday Cocktails and Shooters


1 1/2 oz. Vodka
1 tsp. peppermint schnapps

Mix all ingredients with ice in a shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Option: Garnish with a small candy cane or create a candy cane "rimmer" with crushed candy canes.


1/2 oz crème de cacao
1/2 oz peppermint schnapps
1 oz cream

Stir all 3 ingredients with ice, strain into shot glass.


1/2 oz coffee brandy
1/2 oz crème de menthe (white or green)
1/2 oz Irish cream

Shake all these ingredients with ice and strain into a shot glass. Enjoy a liquid After Eight, after dinner.


1/2 oz crème de menthe
1/2 oz grenadine
1/2 oz peppermint schnapps

Layer the grenadine syrup, crème de menthe and then peppermint schnapps. A nicely layered shooter that will test the bartender's skills.


1 oz eggnog
1/2 oz peppermint schnapps

You can either layer this drink, eggnog first, or stir the ingredients together before drinking.


1/2 oz amaretto
1/2 oz Amarula Cream
1/2 oz Frangelico

Pour a layer of Frangelico into the bottom of the shot glass. Then carefully slide on a layer of amaretto, using the back of a spoon. Top with a layer of Amarula Cream.


1/2 oz Chambord
1/2 oz melon liqueur
1/2 oz orange liqueur

In a tall shot glass add Chambord, then gently pour Midori (or other melon liqueur), the second layer, over the back of an inverted spoon so that it flows on top of the Chambord without mixing. Repeat the process using orange liqueur.

This makes a good holiday shooter. You can flambé it by igniting the top with a match. Blow flame out after a few seconds and make certain the rim of the glass has cooled before drinking.


1/2 oz coffee liqueur
1/2 oz Irish cream
1/2 oz peppermint schnapps

Pour coffee liqueur into shot glass until about 1/2 full. Using a spoon (inverted), slowly pour in the peppermint schnapps until glass is about 3/4 full. Done correctly, the schnapps will flow under the Kahlua, creating a clear layer.

Using the spoon again, but this time right side up, slowly top off the glass with a layer of Irish cream. Be careful to place the spoon right at the top of the coffee liqueur layer and to raise it as the glass fills up. Done correctly, this will provide a layer of Irish cream floating over the coffee liqueur.

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