By Amanda Cortens (@PeppersPennies)
WINNIPEG — Not feeling ‘jolly’ enough this week? The pressures of managing multiple dinners, wrapping gifts and navigating grocery stores can be quite stressful during the Holiday season. The Holidays are supposed to be a time to sit back, relax and reconnect with family and friends, so why not set some time aside to do just that? I always find I am most relaxed over a stiff drink or a hot drink shared with friends, which is why I created my Spiked Canadian Hot Chocolate.
This homemade Spiked Canadian Hot Chocolate, boasts Canadian whiskey and a touch of mint. It’s the perfect treat after a day of adventuring in the snow or spending too many hours with the in-laws. What makes this drink extra special is that it isn’t too sugary. Many premade hot chocolate blends and whiskey liqueurs can be overly sweet, which turns a delicious cocktail into a headache in the making. By making your own hot chocolate from cocoa, you can control the sweetness. I also chose a Forty Creek Whiskey liqueur that is significantly less sweet than Baileys (and more affordable, too!). The cocktail is topped-off with just a faint, festive taste of mint for an ultra-refreshing drink.
Want to share this with the kids? No worries! As the hot chocolate concoction is heated-up separate from the shot of whiskey, you can easily share without needing to adjust the recipe or technique. Bonus, you can make yours a double and call it a day.
Happy Holidays, friends! Thanks for letting me share my recipes with you over the past few months. I look forward to what we have in store for you in 2018!