This Peppermint Holiday Cocktail recipe is creamy n’ smooth, and tastes exactly like the inside of an Andy’s mint! It’s gorgeous color and peppermint flavor make it the perfect cocktail for your holiday and New Year parties!
Update: This post was originally published in December 2015. I made edits to the photos and added a recipe video to show you how easy this holiday cocktail is to make! However, the actual story and written words below in this post remain the same.
Happy Christmas Eve’s Eve, friends! Hopefully you guys are ready for the big day, because hate to break it to you, but if you aren’t… well, you might not ever be. At least not this year. Which is totally fine! Because, we can be friends who aren’t doing anything together!
Okay, that isn’t entirely true. Boy and I are going out to a romantic dinner tomorrow and then I am going to cook us a nice surf n’ turf meal (in my pajamas) on Christmas. So, we are celebrating… we are just doing it in low key style.
Anyways, since I’m hoping most of you have your menu planned out, I thought it would be a great idea to share a fabulous cocktail perfect for Christmas or Christmas Eve! *Drum roll please…
Peppermint Holiday Cocktail: recipe overview
Ya’ll this libation is deliciously legit. It is the perfect nightcap as you kickback and enjoy the company of your loved ones, after you have devoured your holiday meal.
This holiday hustler is creamy, smooth, peppermin-tastic, and has the consistency of a thin milkshake.
It tastes exactly like the inside of an Andy’s mint or like a boozy version of a Shamrock Shake.
Not only is this libation a party for the taste buds, it also is festively fun and gorgeous. Just look at that minty green color!
If you want to get really Christmas-y with it, I suggest adding a candy cane to the glass as a stirrer. And if you really want to indulge, a little whipped cream on top never hurt anybody. 😉
How to make a Peppermint Holiday Cocktail? (Notes, tips & tricks)
- If you can’t find Peppermint Irish Cream, you can substitute plain Irish Cream and add 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract.
- The Crème de menthe is a sweet, mint flavored liqueur, and it’s what gives this cocktail it’s minty green color, so I do not advise you skip it! However, there are Crème de menthe syrups that you can substitute if you would like, just make sure you are using the green colored variety and NOT the colorless syrup!
- While I used Original (plain flavored) Almond Milk in my Peppermint Holiday Cocktail, you can absolutely use regular milk. Or, if you are looking for an even more indulgent, rich drink, you can use half-and-half!
This cocktail is a fabulous alternative if you are sick and tired of eggnog, or if you are like me and detest eggnog. I urge you to add this Peppermint Holiday Cocktail to the desert portion of your Holiday evening, I pinkie promise you are going to gulp it up!
Until next time, Cheers and warmest wishes for a very Merry Christmas, friends!
**Disclosure: I received free bottles of various flavored Irish Cream from my friends over at Saint Brendan’s for my own personal tasting. I loved their holiday flavors of Irish Cream so much I freely chose to develop a drink with it. For more flavors and great recipes check out their website here.
The best Peppermint Holiday Cocktail recipe and step-by-step video👇
Peppermint Holiday Cocktail
- 2 ounces Saint Brendan's Peppermint Bark Irish Cream
- 1 ounce Green Crème de Menthe
- ½ ounce Chocolate Hazelnut Vodka
- 3 ounces Original Almond Milk
- 1 cup Ice
- Mint Sprig for garnish
- Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into desired glass and garnish with mint sprig.
- Optional - top with whipped cream and crushed candy canes.
- If you can't find Peppermint Irish Cream, you can substitute plain Irish Cream and add 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract.
- The Crème de menthe is a sweet, mint flavored liqueur, and it's what gives this cocktail it's minty green color, so I do not advise you skip it! However, there are Crème de menthe syrups that you can substitute if you would like, just make sure you are using the green colored variety and NOT the colorless syrup!
- While I used Original (plain flavored) Almond Milk in my cocktail, you can absolutely use regular milk. Or, if you are looking for an even more indulgent, rich drink, you can use half-and-half!
*Recipe adapted from Saint Brendan’s.
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