Pumpkin season is great and all, but peppermint season is what I live for. Why do you think it’s the last month of the year? It’s literally the headliner for the entire year in flavor profiles.

So when DeKuyper put me up to task of creating a holiday cocktail, there was one ingredient and one ingredient only that came to mind and got me even more excited than usual for a trip to the liquor store: Peppermint Schnapps.

I whipped up the Peppermint Patty (or Peppermint Party, whichever you prefer): 1 part DeKuyper Peppermint Schnapps, 1 part DeKuyper Crème de Cocoa White, and 2.5 parts half and half over ice. You can also strain it and serve as a martini. And if you’re really fancy, you crush up candy canes and do a peppermint rim. I somehow actually managed this Pinterest-worthy maneuver and am still shocked it turned out. Ish.


And just a note: Since half and half is something you typically put in coffee and coffee is something you typically drink in the morning, the Peppermint Patty is officially a before-noon cocktail. Get on board.

But of course this white chocolate-y, pepperminty deliciousness can be enjoyed any time of day and is perfection for holiday parties and when you feel like drinking your dessert.

peppermint selfie

After I (kinda’) mastered this drink, I started tumbling down the Peppermint Schnapps rabbit hole and can’t wait to make these gems:

Snowflake Shot (my translation: Dirty Santa)
40e6b80685c212d2c5cbac7c888ab7c3Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 12.54.52 AMIn case you’re not a drink detective, this is just the Peppermint Patty plus vodka FTW.

Chocolate Mint Kiss (my translation: Christmas Morning In Your Mouth)
candy cane hot chocolateScreen Shot 2014-12-16 at 12.55.57 AM

I also think I can just pour some peppermint schnapps into my coffee with a little half an half in the morning and start the rest of these December days with a fresh, minty kick to the face (in a good way).

It’s what the holidays are all about.



Tis the season for great cocktails! What will wow your guest and set your holiday party apart, the perfect cocktail made by you. DeKuyper offers over 50 mixable and versatile flavors of cordials, liqueurs, crèmes, brandies and schnapps for thousands of amazing cocktails. Explore our website at dekuyperusa.com to find one that is perfect for you or visit us on Facebook and Pinterest to see some of our favorites. Plus, you can always create your own recipe and share it with us!

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Hot chocolate image and candy cane image from Pinterest. 

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