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Holiday Chocolate Peppermint Martini

16 Dec

As we wrap up our holiday shopping (pun intended) and finalize our travel plans this holiday season, many of us can’t help but to think of what delicious food and drink we will be enjoying before the New Year. One particular ingredient that comes to mind when I think of the holidays is peppermint. This cool and refreshing herb is the star of many beverages and desserts during this time.

Fresh peppermint is a very good source of Calcium, Copper, Dietary Fiber, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Riboflavin, and Vitamins A and C. It is also a good source of Niacin, Phosphorus and Zinc (source). In addition, peppermint boasts various health benefits. Check them out in a previous post, here.

This easy and festive martini features chocolate and peppermint to satisfy your sweet tooth, with a candy cane dusted rim. Should you prefer, a virgin beverage can be made by either adding ½ to 1 teaspoon candy cane dust or ¼ to ½ teaspoon peppermint extract (depending on how flavorful you want your drink). Add an extra shot of almond milk in place of the peppermint schnapps.

Happy Holidays, my friends!

Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Holiday Chocolate Peppermint Martini

1 regular-size peppermint candy cane
2-1/2 shots regular unsweetened almond milk*
1/2 shot peppermint schnapps
1 tablespoon non-dairy chocolate syrup
1 ice cube

Chocolate Peppermint MartiniUsing a food processor or mortar and pestle, process/crush candy cane until it reaches a consistency similar to that of dust. Dip rim of martini glass into water and then dip into candy cane dust; set aside.

Combine almond milk, peppermint schnapps, chocolate syrup and ice cube in a martini shaker. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds and pour into martini glass. If desired, garnish with non-dairy whipped cream and a sprinkle of candy cane dust.

*Should you prefer an even creamier beverage, you can easily substitute your choice of non-dairy creamer in place of the almond milk.

Shamrock Shake

16 Mar

St. Patrick’s Day is named after Saint Patrick, a patron saint of Ireland. Now a celebration of the Irish culture in general, blue was originally the color of choice until green was adopted later on (source). In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’ve created a vegan version of the popular fast food dessert, the Shamrock Shake. Peppermint, a hybrid mint, is a cross between wintermint and spearmint (source). It has multiple health benefits, some of which include soothing an upset stomach, inhibiting the growth of bacteria and tumors, and most commonly, alleviating breathing problems associated with asthma and allergy-related colds (source).

Seamlessly combining the refreshing taste of peppermint and rich flavor of vanilla, this Shamrock Shake is the perfect accompaniment to your Irish-inspired meal. May the Luck O’ The Irish be with you!

Vegan Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake
Yields 2-3 servings

1 quart vegan vanilla ice cream (I use So Delicious)
1-1/3 cups regular unsweetened almond milk
1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
8 drops green food color (optional)

Combine ice cream and almond milk in blender and puree until smooth. Add extract and food color, blending until incorporated.

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