Sunday, December 2, 2012

Cocktail Hour : "Baby, It's Cold Outside"

"Baby, it's cold outside". Sing it Johnny.

That song always pops into my head on wintry days. And since it is cold outside, I thought a warm cocktail would be nice.

My friend said, "How about a Snuggler?"

"A Snuggler?" I asked. "Oooo, what's that?"

"Hot cocoa and peppermint schnapps."

"Oh." I thought, deflated.

Any use of the word schnapps in a drink recipe suddenly gives me visions of college frat boys and goldschlager. Definitely NOT a poodle kind of cocktail.


But then I thought, "Who's gonna turn down a junior mint?! It's chocolate, it's peppermint- it's delicious!"

Words of wisdom Kramer, words of wisdom.

So I did a little research. Schnapps is actually a traditional German liqueur pre-dating the 18th century. German Schnaps is a clear fruit distilled brandy with no sugar added. American schnapps on the other hand, have quite a bit of sugar added to create a syrupy sweet drink.

DeKuyper is one of the largest producers of schnapps today, and dates back to Holland in 1695. They refer to the same Snuggler recipe as a Chocolate Mint Kiss.

I'm beginning to see a pattern here.

Apparently hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps=LOVE.

Or at least they equal a toothsome tipple that cut through this poodle's pretensions.

Say, what's in this drink?

Toodles Poodles!

1 comment :

  1. This is my go to snuggie drink on those cold days.. Love it!