The Candy Cane

Only 8 days left until Christmas!!! All of my presents are wrapped and shipped. My house is warm and festive with lights and a beautiful tree. The candy canes hanging on the limbs, inspired me to create this creamy frozen dessert cocktail. The cool flavors of mint and cinnamon with vanilla running through, make this delicious drink a perfect ending to a holiday meal. Alternating layers of creamy vanilla mint shake and fluffy light cinnamon whipped cream…really makes this a special holiday cocktail.

In a blender:

For the drink:

  • 1-3 Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 Cup Crushed Ice
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 2 Shots Vanilla Vodka (your favorite brand)
  • 1 1/2 Shots Peppermint Schnapps

For the Whipped Cream:

  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Red Decorative Sugar
  • 1 Splash of Cinnamon Schnapps – I used Goldschlager (use any brand you like)

Add all drink ingredients to your blender and mix until creamy with the consistancy of a thick shake. There are no real exact measurements required here. The key – is to have the whipped cream and the drink mixture about the same thickness…so you can layer in your glass.

Mix the decorative sugar and heavy cream with a whisk or hand blender until thick and creamy. Again, try to keep the consistency about the same as the shake. The red sugar will turn the whipped cream a dreamy blush pink color. If you don’t have decorative sugar, food coloring will work here, but make sure you add sugar too. ¬†Add a SPLASH of Cinnamon Schnapps to just flavor the whipped cream. Taste test – until you get a strong “hint” of cinnamon..not too much.

In a tall thin glass, alternate layers of the shake and whipped cream. Do this with a small spoon. The color layers will look like a candy cane when you’re done.

To Make It Virgin: Use Peppermint Extract in Your Shake instead of schnapps and omit the Vodka. Substitute Cinnamon Extract for the Cinnamon Schnapps for the whipped cream.

To Make It Special: Crush up part of a Candy Cane or Mint Candy and Sprinkle on Top

Sending all of you Warm Wishes for a Great Holiday, and Happy New Year!!! Cheers and Enjoy!!!

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