Cocktail Friday: Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps

by Tokyo Terrace on December 19, 2009

It’s time for another cocktail! I know- we haven’t seen much in the form of solid food on Tokyo Terrace for quite a while. But trust me, more will be coming in the next few days and the wait will be worth it! For the record, this will be cocktail #13. Yep. 13 cocktails in a row.

Did you ever put a candy cane in your hot chocolate when you were a kid? I still like to use a candy cane stir stick in my hot chocolate to get a refreshing peppermint flavor with the rich, warm chocolate. If you want an adult version of peppermint hot chocolate, you have come to the right place! This warming and festive beverage is one that I never miss out on when the holidays are near. Made in Princeton, MN, Phillips Peppermint Schnapps came to be when Al Dorsch, a Phillips salesman, found Minneapolis bar-goers putting peppermints into their whiskey (a little odd if you ask me- but us Minnesotans can be a little kooky at times!) Al then decided to make a liqueur that showcased the flavor of peppermint, which we now know as Peppermint Schnapps.

I love that story, not just because it is on the back of the bottle, but because I can imagine with much clarity those cold Minnesotans sitting at the bar needing something to knock off the chill. Clearly, peppermints in whiskey are the answer, right?

So, from that 1935 discovery by Mr. Dorsch, the modern trend (at least in MN) is to drop a little shot of schnapps into creamy, rich hot chocolate. Wrap your hands around a mug of minty, chocolatey deliciousness this Christmas and become a Minnesotan for a night. Trust me, you’ll love it! I love it so much that I brought my own bottle back to Tokyo from Minnesota last week. Merry Christmas to me!

The hot chocolate is best enjoyed while listening to the album Ella Wishes you a Swinging Christmas by Ella Fitzgerald. Happy Holidays everyone!

Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps
Makes 1 serving

2 oz. good dark chocolate, grated with a microplane
1 cup milk (I recommend using 2%)
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 oz peppermint schnapps
Whipped cream
crushed peppermint candy

Heat the milk in a sauce pan over low heat. When the milk is warm, add the chocolate and vanilla extract. Stir or whisk if needed until the chocolate is completely melted. Pour the schnapps into a mug. Pour the hot chocolate from the saucepan into the mug and stir with the schnapps. Top with whipped cream and crushed candy.

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  • http://ncl117.blogspot.com/ Nicole

    This is the perfect holiday drink! Your pictures make me want it even more.

  • http://ncl117.blogspot.com/ Nicole

    This is the perfect holiday drink! Your pictures make me want it even more.

  • traveleatlove

    I lve doing this! Such an easy and festive touch. Is 9:40 am too early? ;)

  • traveleatlove

    I lve doing this! Such an easy and festive touch. Is 9:40 am too early? ;)

  • http://livinginlangley.blogspot.com/andhttp://cedarbreeze.homestead.com/ Gwen

    I just had one of these last night at the bar! They called it a Peppermint Patty. Back in my skiing days in Lake Tahoe, the resorts all called them “Snowshoe Thompsons.” These are a very yummy winter drink!

  • http://livinginlangley.blogspot.com/andhttp://cedarbreeze.homestead.com/ Gwen

    I just had one of these last night at the bar! They called it a Peppermint Patty. Back in my skiing days in Lake Tahoe, the resorts all called them “Snowshoe Thompsons.” These are a very yummy winter drink!

  • Aunt J in Hendersonville

    Ella Fitzgerald and peppermint hot chocolate? Doesn’t get much
    better than that she says, swallowing rapidly, mouth watering!!!

  • Aunt J in Hendersonville

    Ella Fitzgerald and peppermint hot chocolate? Doesn’t get much
    better than that she says, swallowing rapidly, mouth watering!!!

  • tokyoterrace

    Nicole: I’m glad you like it! This recipe for hot chocolate is rich and creamy and I love it during the holidays. I hope you’ll give it a try!

  • tokyoterrace

    Nicole: I’m glad you like it! This recipe for hot chocolate is rich and creamy and I love it during the holidays. I hope you’ll give it a try!

  • tokyoterrace

    traveleatlove: 9:40am might be too early for the schnapps, but how about using a peppermint stick instead? Glad you like the recipe!

  • tokyoterrace

    traveleatlove: 9:40am might be too early for the schnapps, but how about using a peppermint stick instead? Glad you like the recipe!

  • tokyoterrace

    Gwen: Those are such great names for this drink! I love it! This would definitely be a cozy way to end a day of skiing…

  • tokyoterrace

    Gwen: Those are such great names for this drink! I love it! This would definitely be a cozy way to end a day of skiing…

  • tokyoterrace

    Aunt J: Yeah, it’s a pretty lovely feeling sitting down with your hands around a hot mug of this hot chocolate listening to Ella’s buttery voice. Love it!

  • tokyoterrace

    Aunt J: Yeah, it’s a pretty lovely feeling sitting down with your hands around a hot mug of this hot chocolate listening to Ella’s buttery voice. Love it!

  • http://kitchen-em.blogspot.com/ Kitchen M

    Great idea! I bet Peppermint Schnapps in chocolate truffles would be good too! I like how you decorated your drink. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  • http://kitchen-em.blogspot.com Kitchen M

    Great idea! I bet Peppermint Schnapps in chocolate truffles would be good too! I like how you decorated your drink. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com/ wasabi prime

    Yowza, this looks pepperminty-rockstar! I think we have a random bottle of peppermint schnapps somewhere in the cupboard, so this would be perfect for Christmas Eve. I was thinking of doing a midnight cocoa and biscotti snack with Brock, just to start new holiday tradtions at home. A lil’ peppermint schnapps wouldn’t be so bad!

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com wasabi prime

    Yowza, this looks pepperminty-rockstar! I think we have a random bottle of peppermint schnapps somewhere in the cupboard, so this would be perfect for Christmas Eve. I was thinking of doing a midnight cocoa and biscotti snack with Brock, just to start new holiday tradtions at home. A lil’ peppermint schnapps wouldn’t be so bad!

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  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com/ Divina

    I absolutely need this too. Something sweet, creamy and warm.

  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com Divina

    I absolutely need this too. Something sweet, creamy and warm.

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  • Anonymous

    I’ll definitely use this at my next gallery opening in Gloucester, MA. Thanks.

  • Tokyo Terrace

    Great! Glad you like the recipe and good luck at your gallery opening! I’d love to see some photos of the event if you have the chance to send any!

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    [...] from Bodin Historic Photo on Main Street. The recipe came from Tokyo Terrace blog in Japan: http://www.tokyoterrace.com/2009/12/cocktail-friday-hot-chocolate-with-peppermint-schnapps/ Thanks! Fredrik D. Bodin Bodin Historic Photo 82 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930 [...]

  • Anonymous

    Because of a huge blizzard on Saturday, we had our Chocolate Tour in Downtown Gloucester yesterday (Sunday). The streets and sidewalks were disasters (see Bodin Historic Photo). But they came, they drank Tokyo Terrace peppermint hot chocolate, and ate pretzels. My visitors drank over a gallon of it. Thanks Tokyo Terrace! BTW: Schnapps was on the side, so the children could drink the hot chocolate without the alcohol.

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