What’s more fun than a holiday dinner? How about a holiday dinner that includes a martini lab? This year, with daughters home early (hooray!) for Thanksgiving, I invited over my sister-in-law and put a ham in the oven. After a casual dinner, we set to mixing up holiday martinis, including the White Peppermint Bark Martini featured today.
Now this isn’t the first time I’ve mixed up martinis for a crowd. Years ago, I hosted a chocolate martini party outdoors on a lovely summer evening. My mother had remarried and I decided to invite her new husband’s family over to get better acquainted. A couple hours later the (figurative) ice was broken. What a great way to begin new relationships!
Of course, the first party had one real advantage—then I started with recipes. This time I just had concepts… along with leftover liqueurs, cream, juice and a dozen flavored vodka minis!
We had a lot of fun getting creative, and in the end, we had some clear successes. Like today’s White Peppermint Bark Martini. Along with some so-so attempts. One solid failure. Plus, a lesson or two.
Biggest lesson? Read the labels on your little bottles. I picked up the (failed) snickerdoodle martini and almost fell over, just from the fumes. More cream. Daughter (thinking me over-dramatic) tasted and began to sway. Yup, 100 proof cinnamon schnapps—don’t they preserve things in that? Clearly stronger than Godiva white chocolate …
Other lessons? Varied little bottles are super if you are doing a “lab” but will make seconds a challenge if your creation is a hit. Though Berry Vodka is pretty near as good as Plum Vodka in a Sugar Plum Martini…
If you are looking for a fun way to add festive to your season, I’d heartily recommend the White Peppermint Bark martini. Or hosting a lab…
Aren’t holidays wonderful?
- • 1 ounce white chocolate liqueur (like Godiva)
- • 1 ounce peppermint schnapps
- • 1-2 ounces half & half (or cream)
- • Crushed peppermint mixed with sanding sugar for the rim and/or candy cane for stirring (optional).
- Place liqueur, schnapps and half & half, with ice in a shaker. Shake a couple times, then pour into martini glass (see notes below if you'd like to rim the glass).
- To rim the glass, I used a clean finger to run a little vodka around the rim of the glass. Then I mixed crushed peppermint with red and white decorating sugar on a small plate. Rather than dip the whole rim in the sugar at once, I rolled the rim in the mixture, which seem to result in a thicker, more even coat.