Flavors Can Take You Places

Just as flavorful dishes can take you back to a place that you have visited before, drinks can do the same thing. Whether it is a fruity tropical drink, a specialty drink for a region, or something that represents the season of the year, drinks can take you to a place in your memories. For this week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Glasses, Cups, Saucers, we decided to look back at some special drinks that we have enjoyed. Perhaps one of this will wet your whistle.

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Classic Mai Tai
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Dos Mai Tai’s at the Pool Bar
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Our First Pisco Sours
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Snuggler with Peppermint Bark
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Frankfurt

Snugglers – Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps

Backyard During the Storm
Backyard During the Storm

Its called a snuggler because it is like a warm hug for your tummy. We’re not sure what is about winter and schnapps, but we have wonderful memories of skiing with schnapps in a camelback.  Back then they were horn-shaped leather bottles that we slung over our shoulders while were skiing.  Over the last couple of days, we’ve been watching the snow pile up, almost two feet in total, so we needed something warm to cheer us up after all of the snow shoveling.  We first had this in Aspen, many years ago and it is definitely one of our favorite winter drinks.  The pairing of hot chocolate and peppermint is obviously a delicious one and this will definitely put a smile on your face.  We added some peppermint bark (dark chocolate, white chocolate, and peppermint… yum).  We hope you enjoy them.

Snuggler
Snuggler

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Whole Milk (2% or skim, your preference)
  • 6 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 4 to 6 tbsp Peppermint Schnapps
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Confectioner Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
Snuggler with Peppermint Bark
Snuggler with Peppermint Bark
The Next Day
The Next Day

Instructions

Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat (do not bring to a boil).  Whisk in the cocoa powder until it is thoroughly mixed.  In a cold bowl, combine the whipping cream, sugars, and vanilla extract.  Whip until soft peaks form.  Pour the hot chocolate and schnapps into a mug and top with whipped cream.  Serves 2.

Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate
Whipping Cream
Whipping Cream
Creamy Whipped Cream
Creamy Whipped Cream