Drinking Lessons: The Minty Stuff
Nothing says “holiday flavor” quite like the brisk taste of peppermint…and nothing says “peppermint” like schnapps. The lads take a dive into the minty liqueur by concocting their own minty beverages – one warm, one cold, one somewhere in between – and finding out the true nature of the plant that gives us the taste of what Luna describes as “a melted snowman in a cup.” It’s not as horrific as it may sound.
Peppermint Schnapps Recipes from the Episode
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by Steven Luna
- 1 - 2 tbsp flavored coffee creamer
- 1 tbsp baking cocoa powder
- 7 oz hot water or coffee
- 1 oz peppermint schnapps
- 1 oz Kaluha or other coffee-flavored liquor
- Candy canes
Mix coffee creamer with cocoa powder and add hot water (or coffee) to dissolve. Add schnapps and Kaluha; top with marshmallows and garnish with candy canes, then get somewhere comfortable and winter it up like a madman.
Minty Egg Schnog
- 6 large eggs
- 3/4 cup cinnamon simple syrup (recipe below)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups whole milk, divided
- 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cups heavy whipping cream
- Additional nutmeg, optional
- Peppermint schnapps to preference
In a saucepan, whisk together eggs, simple syrup, and salt. Pour in 2 cups of the milk, slowly, while stirring. Cook over low heat, stirring, until temperature reaches about 160 degrees (15-20 minutes). Do NOT allow it to boil. The goal is to heat the mixture without cooking the eggs into lumps. It's hard. Practice makes perfect!
Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Stir in vanilla, nutmeg, and remaining milk. Place bowl in an ice or ice water bath until the mixture is cool. (If the mixture separates, use a blender to reincorporate it.) Refrigerate, covered, at least three hours.
When ready to serve, beat the whipping cream separately until soft peaks form. Then pour eggnog mixture into a glass or jug, dollop in the whipped cream, and stir to combine. Add your peppermint schnapps, stir a little more, top with additional nutmeg, then enjoy the heck out of it!
Cinnamon Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 cinnamon sticks
Combine water and sugar in a saucepan. Drop in the cinnamon sticks. Heat the saucepan on low, and do not allow the mixture to boil. Heat, stirring, until the sugar is incorporated with the water. Set aside, let cool, then strain out the cinnamon sticks.
- 1 pint chocolate chip ice cream
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 – 2 oz peppermint schnapps
Blend and serve and bring everybody to the yard!