Don’t let the name Christmas Cookie dissuade you from enjoying this drink any time of the year, no matter what holidays you do or don’t celebrate. But be forewarned: it really packs a wallop with three ounces of alcohol. It tastes a little like a peppermint latte, only much better.
This makes a delicious dessert drink. I specified Carolan’s for the Irish cream because I find it more flavorful than Bailey’s, but of course there are all those holiday variations of Bailey’s which could also work well in this one. Don’t just stick with the best known or most popular liqueurs – there are a lot of good ones out there, and it pays to experiment.
This is also a great cocktail to make with my Candy Cane vodka. That turns the color of the drink reddish, but it tastes at least as good as the peppermint schnapps, in my opinion. In fact, if you find peppermint schnapps a little on the heavy side, you’ll probably really like the Candy Cane vodka as a substitute.
The Christmas Cookie is a definite contender for the cocktail you’ll be sipping on Christmas Eve, after all the shopping is done, and the presents are wrapped, and stockings are stuffed. It’s the perfect form of liquid congratulations for a job well done.
Since this drink doesn’t have any chocolate flavor on its own, it’s great served with chocolate cookies, candies, or any other sort of chocolate treat. (Pictured: Back to Nature’s version of Oreos, which I like much better than Oreos, and the ingredients list is a lot simpler.) Chocolate is a great complement to both the mocha and peppermint flavors in the drink. You can either pour this one into a chilled glass, or you can chill your bottles beforehand. I actually prefer to chill the ingredients, myself.
Christmas Cookie Recipe
- 1 ounce peppermint schnapps
- 1 ounce Kahlua
- 1 ounce Carolan’s Irish Cream
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in all three ingredients. Shake thoroughly until chilled, then strain the mixture into the glassware of your choice.