Pour on the Cheer: Peppermint Schnapps Hot Cocoa


Bundle up with booze in your cup! The cookies are stacked in jars in a row, but the presents need wrapped with a shiny bow, and I just don’t have patience for one more thing, so pour me some cocoa with a peppermint zing.

And that’s how I’ll dash to the finish this holiday season, amid a snow and ice storm, and broken glass. (A window in our bedroom shattered because of the cold.) I will need a lot of Peppermint Schnapps.

If a window blew out in your house, and it’s freezing outside, and the trash is piling up because of non-existent road treatments in the region where you live, so that mail and waste-management trucks and ambulances and window repair people can’t get through—and the power might go out at any moment—make hot cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps before the world goes dark.

This suggestion comes from Aunt Dorothy in Krampus, who is heroic in the face of disaster, calming the children with a recipe for “Peppermint Schnapps,” which is hot cocoa with a generous pour of Peppermint Schnapps, stirred with a candy cane. (This drink is not really for children. For a non-alcoholic version, make hot cocoa and dip candy canes into the mixture for a peppermint, chocolate kick. Omit the Schnapps.)

Here’s how I “Aunt Dorothied” last night:

First, I made the cocoa by pouring about a cup of milk into a mug and heating it for about a minute in the microwave. Then, I stirred in a packet of hot cocoa mix, threw in just under an ounce of of Peppermint Schnapps, and mixed with a candy cane.

Results: Very merry, indeed! Bring on the snow, ice, and evil elves. The best part of waking up is Krampus-antidote in your cup. Cheers!

Your Turn: What’s your favorite warm beverage?

18 thoughts on “Pour on the Cheer: Peppermint Schnapps Hot Cocoa

  1. Merry Christmas in advance to you and yours! Also, my favorite warm beverage is the tried and true hot chocolate with floating marshmallows. (Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional, right?)

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  2. Love love love hot chocolate–if the roads here weren’t closed, I’d go buy some peppermint schnapps to go with it! Sorry about the window–that actually sounds pretty awful, but I hope you were able to board it up and stay warm!

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  3. Boozy hot chocolate! Yes! I am not a peppermint schnapps fan, having left most of a bottle of it by way of my stomach over the side of a ski lift many years ago. However, hot chocolate with Bailey’s or Kahlua is something I can get behind. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, Cecilia!

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  4. Hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps sounds great! So sorry about the insanity of your weather. I hope it’s better by the time I’m finally reading this. A cold snap is not the time to have a broken window. Did you do an elegant cardboard box duct taped to the frame? Did the craft alert bells tell you to decorate the heck out of that cardboard?

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    1. Yeah–it’s a bummer, but Nate already made plywood cutouts a long time ago to go in the window frames. They’re supposed to block out light from the neighbors’ street lamps–and they work really well–and we were glad they were in place when the window broke–the window that broke was on Nate’s side of the bed, and the plywood, in the window well, prevented the glass from shattering all over him. Eventually, maybe mid January, it will be fixed. Keeping our fingers crossed.

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