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What do you do if your Secret Santa recipient says they like peppermint bark candy and Grey Goose Vodka? You make peppermint bark liqueur!
The flavor of this liqueur is very pepperminty! The chocolate flavor is more subtle, but to remedy that, I’ve increased the cacao nibs in the recipe. (Plus, I had to gift this to my co-worker before it had a lot of time to infuse. A longer infusion time will definitely help!)
Peppermint Bark Vodka
1.5 ounces Candy Canes (about 10 mini candy canes) or Peppermint Candies
1/3-1/2 cup Cacao Nibs
1 1/2 cups Vodka
4 Tablespoons Simple Syrup (or to taste)
Crush the candy canes. Combine first three ingredients in a jar, and close tightly. Shake well to combine. The candy canes will dissolve quickly, but it will take a while for the cacao nibs to infuse properly into the vodka. Ideally, you would wait about…
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A great video (and Youtube series in general) about the history and recipe of this delicious drink.
(PS: Sorry I have not been posting anything lately. Ever since my camera was stolen I haven’t been in the mood to make new posts.)
It’s 95 degrees out right now.
Real feel is something like 101.
Humidity is pretty awful.
Time for a gin drink. A GIN drink! With fresh herbs and citrus juice.
Let’s get right to it:
Lemon Verbena (or any herb, really) simple syrup:
- For the simple syrup
- Equal parts sugar and water, plus several leaves (no stem) of herb of choice. I used lemon verbena leaves.
- Add all ingredients to sauce pan over low heat, stir until sugar dissolves. Let cool, then strain into jar, and put in fridge. Lasts up to a week or so.
- A gimlet is:
Gin + lime juice + sugar (or simple syrup)
For this recipe I did:
- 2 oz gin
- 2 oz lime (this is very citrusy, which was great for the heat!)
- 1 oz simple syrup
- lemon verbena leaves and mint leaves as a garnish
Shake vigorously with ice, double strain, garnish.
The herbs for garnish are not just for looks. When you stick your nose in the glass, your nose is overwhelmed with a lot of aroma. The smell is a big part of the cocktail experience. I used a toothpick because I plucked the leaves from the stem.
Enjoy, and stay cool. Drink lots of water!*
*A great thing I heard regarding drinking water right when you wake up: Drink a glass of water right when you wake up. Why? It’s been 6-8 hours of no drinking fluids. Wouldn’t you be thirsty otherwise? It’s a great, easy way to wake up.
I want to promote a Youtube channel that I’ve been following for a while: Distinguished Spirits.
I think these are the best shot cocktail recipe videos on Youtube.
Here is an example of a drink I love (of course it uses mezcal):