I can’t believe that it is already December 16th! Only 9 days left until Christmas. It just doesn’t seem possible. I feel like I am missing a whole week or something. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older, or that I’ve been so busy with work and family, but it just seems like this past year has flown by way too quickly. It’s hard to imagine that 2010 is almost at close, and with it the first decade of the millennium.

The past 10 years has seen a lot of changes: I got married, bought a house, had a kid, gave up my cheffing career for a more stable lifestyle (which also means I’ve grown up and matured, at least somewhat), and started a blog. Of course, there has been lots more over the last 10 years, but those are a few of the highlights. I’m excited to see what the next 10 years bring!

With the holidays approaching so quickly, I’ve hardly had a chance to get into the holiday mode. Yes, we did get the tree up. I have gotten most of my Christmas shopping done, and have even made a batch of gingerbread men, but I still don’t quite feel Christmassy enough. Hopefully a couple of these cocktails will cure that.

I created this “dessert” martini a few years ago when I was the dining room manager for a small Mediterrean bistro. Of course there are numerous “candy cane cocktail” recipes floating all around the internet, but I’m partial to this one. It’s rich so you’ll probably only want 1 or 2, which is a good thing as this drink packs a decent punch. Enjoy!!!

Candy Cane Martini
makes 1 drink

1 1/4 ounces Peppermint schnapps
1 1/4 ounces Creme de Cacao
3/4 ounce Stoli Vanilla Vodka
splash Cherry juice
1 ounce Cream
Red Sugar (optional)
1 each Mini Candy Cane

If using the red sugar, Moisten and rim a chilled martini glass with the sugar. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the three liquors. Add the cream and cherry juice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into the prepared martini glass and garnish with a mini candy cane.

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  1. Matured? REALLY???? Make me one of these this weekend! I love you!

  2. I served these at a holiday party last week. We ran out of candy canes.

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