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January 14, 2011

#14: Adult Hot Chocolate (aka Peppermint Kiss, Cocoanapps, Snuggler)

2 oz Peppermint Schnapps
Fill with hot chocolate and stir
Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with shaved chocolate or sprinkles

Schnapps, at least American Schnapps, is made from mixing neutral grain spirits with fruit or other flavors, then bottled with added sugar and glycerine, making a smooth, syrup-like drink. The alcohol content can be anywhere from 15%-50%. Technically they are liquers due to the added sugar content.

This sounds like something you ask for from the girls working down on the corner. "Fifty bucks for an Adult Hot Chocolate, another 25 for the Snuggler".

It is very tasty, and definitely hot chocolate for adults. Really, who doesn't like hot chocolate? And the Peppermint Schnapps adds just the right kick. Not too much kick, and not too little. You could make it without the Schnapps for the kids, and sneak it in for yourself. The sprinkles only partially melt, being insulated from the hot chocolate by the whipped cream, so when you get one in your mouth, they add a burst of chocolate flavor to an already sweet drink.

I would be embarrassed to order this drink unless I was at a holiday office party, or I was hanging out in the bar while snowed in at the Holiday Inn.

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