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I’m very excited to be sharing a series of Christmas cocktails with you this season – all original and all delicious! The first holiday cocktail up uses Kahlua and Baileys – the Peppermint Mocha Cocktail!
Making new cocktail recipes is one of my favourite things to do in the kitchen. When I am making drinks for friends (alcoholic or not) there is no tiny step that I will skip. The funny thing is that I actually HATE making drinks for myself. Yes, the caps is truly necessary there.
Growing up, my dad always made drinks for everyone (and he still does!). His classic, which we call ‘The George’, is a mix of tea, honey, ginger, and lime (can’t believe I’m so casually spreading the secret recipe ;)). He always offers ‘tea’ after dinner and disappears into the kitchen for a good 45 minutes. I think that just writing this I have discovered where my love for making drinks comes from and the precision with which I insist on making them. The funny thing is that half of the time he wouldn’t have one himself. It’s almost laughable (scratch that, it’s very laughable) how this has stuck with me. I always ask Dan to get me a drink – whether it is a glass of water (like 5 times a day) or a cocktail (even after I have made one for 10 other people). Sorry Dan…
So, if you follow along here regularly you will know the style of cocktail that I gravitate toward. I traditionally love anything that is herby and fresh. Rosemary, thyme, grapefruit, lime, sparkling water, ginger – those are my favourite cocktail ingredients. But today, with Christmas cocktails on my mind, I went for something a little bit sweet and chocolaty to kick off this series. Starting with a base of Kahlua and Baileys (holiday cocktail classics!) I came up with this delicious cocktail that is served warm. It is a little bit chocolate-y, coffee-y and creamy but totally unique with hints of fresh mint and sea salt. Enjoy!!
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