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peppermint hot chocolate cocktail

You may have seen a few tweets or photos on instagram from me about my love for peppermint hot chocolate, so I thought it was high time to give you guys the scoop on what I’m sipping on this holiday (and winter!) season.  I add in winter because this is actually my favorite drink to warm up with after a long day on the mountain (which is typically in January or February).  A side note: friends and family already know this about me, but here on House of Earnest, I don’t know that I’ve ever shared how much I love to ski.  Someday I’ll tell you guys the story of when Matty and I moved in together and our adventure living in Vail, but today, let’s just say that I love to ski and after a day of skiing, this is my number one apres ski cocktail.

I usually have to direct the bartender in exactly how I want it made, so it’s nice to have all of the ingredients at home this Christmas to be able to whip up a batch for a snowy evening.

For this particular post, I decided to take the cocktail one step further and make some homemade peppermint chocolate marshmallows.

peppermint and chocolate marshmallows

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Homemade marshmallows really kick this drink into treat territory and are as pretty as they are delicious.  I love how the soft pink color looks melting in a sea of chocolate.  I challenge anyone not to smile while drinking fluffy pink foam.

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Keep reading for the full recipes!

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For printable versions of these recipes, click here!

Even if you don’t drink this treat slope-side, I think it makes such a wonderfully indulgent treat for the holiday season!  There are a few different takes on this.  If you’re not a huge peppermint person, or if you’re using a hot chocolate that isn’t very rich, I would omit the schnapps.  The peppermint Kahlúa has a wonderfully subtle flavor and then combined with the marshmallows, you’ll have plenty of minty taste! I hope you’ll enjoy playing with the recipe and making it just as you like it!

 

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