How To Make Peppermint Schnapps + Boozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Published On December 10, 2012 | By Mike Lewicki | Cocktails

With the holiday season upon us, I’m bringing you a DIY peppermint schnapps recipe to take your hot chocolate to a whole new level. With this recipe, you’ll never buy store-bought schnapps again. It’s simple to make, and it’s the perfect addition for all of the hot chocolate lovers on your gift-giving list. Or, hide it away for one of those long, stressful days to come when you’ll need a break. Surely, a hot spiked beverage will do the trick. This hot chocolate recipe, which I came up with years ago, always reminds me of the holidays. And I think we can all agree, there isn’t anything much better than a boozy version of an old standard, especially when the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall.

Over the years, I’ve tried and tested so many different versions of hot chocolate. Each one was unique, even if just slightly so. My grandmother’s was velvety and stayed as close to classic as can be. My mother’s had a hint of cocoa and extra whipped cream. I’ve tasted variations at different cafes and restaurants in Toronto through the years, each one focusing on a different ingredient. One added white chocolate, another a pinch of cayenne, and some used whole milk, while others used cream. It went on and on. I took my favourite part of each one when coming up with my own.

This recipe has been made countless times since I first came up with it. I’ve made small changes here and there over the years until finally settling on this particular recipe. It has the perfect balance of heat and sweetness with just a little bit of indulgence thrown in for good measure. My trick is using full fat milk and rich, dark shaved chocolate (the shaved chocolate melts quicker in hot milk, making for a smoother incorporation). It’s best topped with a dollop of whipped cream, some shaved chocolate and crushed candy canes. Share this with a loved one, preferably by the fire with a snowstorm brewing outside.

Happy holidays to each and every one of you. Next time you make a hot chocolate, spike it up.

Mike Lewicki is a contributor at The Boys Club and blogger at Verses From My Kitchen.

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    Why does the Schnapps need to sit for 2 weeks? Everything is liquid at that point… shouldn’t a few good shakes and maybe a little heat do the trick almost immediately?

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