After-Dinner Cocktails with Pinnacle Vodka | Recipe for The Very Merry Mint Mocha

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Chocolate, coffee, cocktails, crafting… If you’ve read this blog before, you know these things tend to top my constant list of favorites. It should come as no surprise that I hunted down some java and chocolate to pair with my booze at the recent blogger Handmade Holiday Cocktail Party.

I play Holly Hostess as often as possible, but my list of cocktail recipes is painfully short. To be honest, it’s pretty much two part beverages: vodka tonic, whipped vodka and Coke, rum and Coke… Tasty, yes, but total yawns compared to what’s possible. Normally I just use alcohol as the answer to the well-appreciated “What would you like me to bring?” question from guests. So in hopes of expanding my boozey horizons, I RSVP’d with enthusiasm to this DIY party at the ALIVE Magazine office, featuring a wide variety of Pinnacle products, as well as other festive favorites like candies and mixers.

Now let’s talk vodka. I used to mock flavored vodkas with zero remorse. Sissy drinks. Totally girlie. I’m too tough. Blah blah blah. And then I tried one. And then everything changed. I’d say I ate my words, but I was too busy sipping to do so. Pinnacle Whipped Vodka holds a special place in my freezer, and the holiday Pinnacle Peppermint Bark flavor is about to snuggle in right next to it. Find my totally scrumptious Pinnacle cocktail recipe below; it’s perfect for Thanksgiving, the winter holidays and standard post-work weekdays, making it exactly the always-appropriate alcoholic concoction you need in your life.

The Very Merry Mint Mocha
Serves 1

  • Pinnacle Peppermint Bark Vodka, 1 part
  • Hot Coffee, 4 parts
  • Chocolate Liqueur, 1 part
  • Half & Half, 1 part
  • Peppermint candies, for garnish
  • Whipped cream, for garnish
  • Chocolate syrup, for garnish

I know, I know, doesn’t that sound good? The warmth of the coffee (and the ‘warmth’ of the vodka) is the perfect evening pick-me-up during these chilly months.

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Note: Wondering how to create a peppermint candy rim? Dip the rim of a glass in water, rub it with a lemon wedge or dip it in chocolate (as seen here, yummmmm), then submerge the wet part of the cup into a bowl of crushed candies. Festive sprinkles or sugars would also look (and, let’s be honest, taste) great. 

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But wait, there’s more. When you go pick up your bottle of Pinnacle, keep an eye out for a cardboard rebate around the neck of the bottle. While shopping yesterday, I found a mail-in rebate form for $21 back after the purchase of 3 bottles (good through January 6, 2014), which brought my price down to roughly $5/bottle… Take a peek at it on that high, high shelf, and then look to the right and left. Anything else up there running that affordable? Didn’t think so.

Cheers!

PS: Love all things handmade? Join me at ALIVE’s upcoming Handmade Holiday Party in December! There will be Pinnacle cocktails and shopping… and a bacon bar. I really just should have started with bacon bar. THERE WILL BE A BACON BAR.

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