One of the best things about owning a restaurant is getting to try out all sorts of new food and drink recipes "for the good of the company". Every now and again I stumble into inspiration for a new recipe for Caliente. Usually it is a salsa or sauce I think would be interesting to try with our food. Sometimes it's a different way to cook our braised pork or a new option of veggies to add to the menu. This time it was a trip to the liquor store that sparked my creative culinary juices. 

Last year during the holiday season Kahlua released some seasonal flavors of their coffee liqueur. One of the flavors was Peppermint Mocha. Sounds delicious. I can tell you that it is, in fact, delicious. So, as a Christmas "happy" I bought my girlfriend a bottle so that we could make festive White Russians, her favorite cocktail. This new twist seemed to be something right up her alley and we were both very excited to make a White Russian with this new flavor of Kahlua. Well, the drinks we made were indeed delicious, but we thought it lacked a little something.  It didn't seem "Christmas-y" enough. Instead, it was just a tiny bit different from a regular ole White Russian. After a few cocktails and some thought, we realized what was missing. You see, the thing about peppermint is that it is both minty and sweet, and the Kahlua just didn't add enough sweetness.

That's when the inspiration came to me.  I wanted a for-real "Christmas-tasting" drink and was determined to make one. I decided to play around with peppermint schnapps as an addition to the traditional White Russian recipe. This got me half way there. Since the White Russian is already a drink that reminds me of a dessert, I thought it would be a nice addition to add a little sweetness. That's when I decided to use vanilla flavored vodka. That did the trick! The perfect balance of sweet, creamy and minty! A perfect cold-weather drink to enjoy with friends and family after a big Christmas dinner. So, from me to you, cheers to a happy holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year. 

"Christmas-Tasting" Peppermint White Russians:
1 part     Vanilla Vodka (no brand preference, they are all delicious!)
1 part     Peppermint Schnapps
2 parts   Coffee Liqueur (Kahlua or any other brand is fine)
4 parts   Milk (whole milk is best in my opinion)

*** A "part" is whatever measurement you want to use. Could be a cup, could be a jigger. As long as it is an equal amount every time.  It all depends on how many drinks you are planning to make.

Pour this delicious mix over a few pieces of ice and stir. Garnish with a mini candy cane and a sprinkle of cinnamon-sugar on top.

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7/14/2013 08:02:23 pm

Awesome post! The peppermint white Russian is a beautiful drink. The photos added on your page are very pleasant for the eye. The way the preparation is given is elaborate and easy to replicate. Thanks a lot for sharing this post. Cheers!!

8/5/2013 01:27:56 am

I think it would be a nice gift was champagne

9/17/2013 12:18:33 am

The bigger the glass, the more you might want to use, but despite glass size, I usually stick with a single shot. In my opinion, a white russian isn't a drink to get drunk off of, but a drink to enjoy.

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12/1/2013 03:22:52 pm

I didn’t know they made Peppermint White Russians! This sounds seriously delicious Cheers from my house.

3/29/2014 02:45:33 am

The higher quality , this a glass, the greater you may need to make use of, although in spite of a glass measurement, I keep with one particular shot. Many people feel, a new bright ruskies isn't a beverage to get drunk away from, although a glass or two have fun with.

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    Owner/Founder of Caliente Grille, Charles Arinder.

    I consider myself just a normal guy who started a restaurant right out of college. I try to shoot it straight and tell you the real story of entrepreneurship, food, learning on the fly, and the oh so glamorous life of a restaurateur. 


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