Presidente isn’t the first brandy that I would reach for…
Peppermint schnapps is something that you probably only drink around the holidays, unless you’re German and happen to drink a lot of schnapps in general throughout the year. It’s a very strong mint-flavored alcohol that is slightly sweet and not unlike a candy cane in liquid form. Peppermint schnapps is the perfect thing to have in your bar for holiday parties, but store bought peppermint schnapps tend to be pretty lousy. Their peppermint flavor can be overwhelming and even slightly medicinal, and some of them are simply too sweet and syrupy. I prefer to make my own Homemade Peppermint Schnapps this time of year. My recipe is easy to make and has a nice balance of sugar and peppermint in it, so it is minty and refreshing without being overwhelming. The perfect base for holiday dessert and after dinner drinks.
Once you have schnapps, you’re ready to make peppermint martinis for your next Christmas party or spike a mug of hot chocolate with a little extra flavor as you’re sitting around the fire. You can also bottle this up and give your homemade schnapps away as a holiday gift to anyone on your gift list.
Yield: 1 1/2 cup
1 cup Vodka
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Water
1 tsp Peppermint Extract
Combine the water and sugar in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved. When the sugar is totally dissolved, remove from heat and let cool. Pour the simple syrup into a jar and add the vodka, and the peppermint extract. Seal the jar and shake well until the ingredients are combined.