January 8, 2023

The holidays may be over, but through January and February the weather outside is still frightful! New Year’s resolutions are in full swing (right now) and one of them may be to forgo alcohol after a festive holiday season filled with parties and celebrations.  But just because your new year’s resolution is a no-booze resolution, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a drink with friends, and this mocktail will keep you warm and toasty this winter even without the liquor.

Escoffier Chef Instructor Greg Bonath’s Peppermint Mocktini is a wonderful mocktail recipe for your after-holiday get-togethers or your restaurant or bar menu. It’s also perfect timing as this week is National Mocktail Week. But just because mocktails skip the ‘juice’ rest assured there is always a way to incorporate the perfect pairing of alcohol, if desired. In this particular recipe, Chef Greg recommends two different flavored vodkas.  Read on to review this seasonal mocktail recipe and its special additions that will include everyone at your party or table.

 

Escoffier Chef Instructor Greg BonathEscoffier Chef Instructor Greg Bonath

“The beauty of a mocktail is having the ability to include everyone in the celebration regardless of age or drinking preference. The versatility of a mocktail still leaves room for the addition of alcohol or endless creativity.”

 

Peppermint Mocktini

Ingredients

  • 1 cup half and half
  • 10 oz. cream soda (light or dark)
  • 2 oz, mint simple syrup (recipe below)
  • Crushed candy canes/peppermint candy
  • Candy cane to garnish (Optional)
  • Mint to garnish
  • Ice

Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Martini glasses

Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. Mix four ounces of water with four ounces of granulated sugar and four mint leaves.
  2. Bring to a boil and allow to cool.

Instructions

  1. Crush candy and place onto a plate wide enough to fit the top of the martini glass.
  2. Dip the rim of the martini glass in some simple syrup to coat and then into the crushed candy to crust the rim.
  3. In the shaker, mix half and half, cream soda, ice, and mint simple syrup.
  4. Stir well and pour into the martini glass. Garnish with a mint leaf and candy cane if desired.

Pro Tip: If you wish to add some alcohol to the mocktail, Chef Greg suggests two ounces of peppermint vodka and two ounces of whipped (cream) vodka.

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