I’ve always enjoyed making festive beverages for friend and family gatherings during the holidays, so when I came across a recipe for candy cane coolers on the web, I immediately bookmarked it so I could try it myself once I got my hands on some candy canes this year. Much to my dismay, this particular recipe looked a lot better than it tasted. So, in order to salvage my ingredients, I took a few liberties and came up with a candy cane recipe that tasted exactly how I envisioned. And since I’m so happy with the way it turned out, I’m planning to bring it to all of my holiday parties this year as a host/hostess gift. It’s delicious!
Candy Cane Cooler
• 5-6 large peppermint candy canes, crushed
• 12 ounces mint-infused vodka, strained
• 4 ounces brandy
• 6-12 ounces half-and-half
• Simple syrup or flavored syrup, to taste
• 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract (optional)
• Mint sprigs and small candy canes for garnishing
Crush the candy canes into pieces and pour into a quart-sized bottle or jar. Top with the mint-infused vodka, brandy, and half-and-half. Shake well, and set aside for 30 minutes until the candy canes begin to dissolve, and the liquid turns pink.
Shake again, and add the simple syrup (peppermint or vanilla flavored syrup works too), 1 tablespoon at a time, until the flavor suits your tastes. Optional: add 1/4 tsp. of peppermint extract. Store in the refrigerator.
Serve in a cocktail glass over a cube or two of ice, and garnish with a sprig of mint and a small candy cane over the rim of the glass. Tip: If the beverage is too strong for you, cut it with a little more half-and half or milk.
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