The Boys Club Preview: Peppermint Schnapps and Boozy Hot Chocolate

by Michael on December 10, 2012 · 14 comments

Everybody has a go-to drink for the holidays. For my father growing up it was always vodka and orange juice. It never made sense to me because it lacked any Christmas-specific ingredients. But there he was on the 24th sipping on screwdrivers and listening to Elvis sing Christmas tunes. My mom either had eggnog, spiked or not, and warmed up apple cider with a few extra spices thrown in for good measure. Me? I was always a hot chocolate fan. I probably made mine out of a package with hot water and whipped cream. If only I knew then….

Ever since I learned to cook and mix drinks, I learned the importance of quality ingredients and never settling for sub-par options. So out went the packaged stuff and water was saved for hydration purposes. My hot chocolate was about full milk, real dark chocolate, cocoa and many more mouth-watering ingredients.

But the day came when I worked in a bar and learned the art of mixology and creating our own ingredients and syrups. It also meant experimenting at home with homemade bitters, infused alcohol and DIY blends. So I resorted back to an old tried and true standard and made my own peppermint schnapps. The one ingredient guaranteed to take your hot chocolate to a level perfect enough for sipping on Christmas eve and sharing the joy of the holidays with loved ones.

Because it’s the holidays and because of The Boys Club I decided to make schnapps again. For you. And also a bit for me. So head on over to my post on The Boys Club to read the full post and get the recipes for this amazing cocktail. Plus, check out a few different pictures while you’re at it. 

Happy holidays!!

Michael

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ana cooks December 10, 2012 at 11:38 am

i could kill for one of those rigth now! :)

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Michael December 11, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Prison isn’t as glorious as you’d think. Thank you nonetheless!

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Love your holiday spin on hot chocolate. Gorgeous photos!

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Michael December 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Thank you Laura! Happy holidays to you.

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Meghan December 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

That just makes me wish it was still the weekend even more. It looks SO cozy and delicious and now I’m just imagining myself drinking one on my couch with a blanket and fuzzy socks.

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Michael December 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Now that sounds like a great idea!!

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Brooks at Cakewalker December 11, 2012 at 10:38 am

Michael, before I click over to The Boys Club, I had to tell you how glorious these photos are—epecially the opening one where the square of chocolate slightly melts into the warm mug of hot chocolate. Your recollections of holidays past conjures up nice imagery too. Bravo!

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Michael December 11, 2012 at 11:30 am

Thanks so much Brooks!! The holidays have always been a special time for me. Happy holidays to you and yours!

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Tiffany December 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm

You had me at boozy!

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Deliciously Organic December 13, 2012 at 11:56 am

My husband loves peppermint schnapps. I think I’ll be making a bottle of this and putting it in his stocking. And your photos are beautiful! I feel as if I could reach out and pick up the steaming mug. Merry Christmas!

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marla December 17, 2012 at 9:05 am

Hey now…..I likey ;)

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Annalise December 24, 2012 at 10:19 am

You’re own peppermint schnapps? I gotta see this. Gorgeous photos, Mike!

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