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  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz apple cider
  • 1 Tbs whipped cream
  • 1 pinch cinnamon


In a 2 ounce shot glass, combine vodka and apple cider. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a pinch of cinnamon.



  • 2 oz whiskey or apple brandy
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • hot apple cider
  • lemon wedge for garnish
  • cinnamon stick for garnish
  • 2-3 whole cloves for garnish



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I’m going to be sending a lot of recipes your way from now until Christmas – for both food and drink – so tune in and turn on that holiday cheer!

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The never-ending candy-cane extends infinitely in both directions

Candy Cane Shot, Version 1:

  • 1/4 oz Peppermint Schnapps
  • 3/4 oz Cherry Brandy
  • Garnish with small candy cane or a sprig of fresh peppermint

Candy Cane Shot, Version 2:
Layer in a shot glass.

  • 1/3 oz Grenadine
  • 1/3 oz Peppermint Schnapps
  • 1/3 oz Creme de Menthe

Peppermint Aztec
Pour in order listed and garnish with peppermint stick.

  • 2 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
  • 1 oz. Kahlua
  • 1 cup chocolate milk

The never-ending candy-cane extends infinitely in both directions

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These particular drinks both call for Cinnamon schnapps, of which the most famous variety is Goldschlager, a Swiss product with flakes of real gold floating in it. Some have been concerned that the gold may cause an adverse reaction in individuals who are sensitive, but Wikipedia assures us that “there is currently less than a tenth of a gram (0.1 g) of gold flakes in a 750 ml bottle of Goldschläger[1], which, as of July 9, 2008, amounts to about 3.00 USD on the international gold market.[2]” I don’t know why this information, in itself, should assure us, but no matter: you can get cinammon schnapps without the gold (although certain other brands have copied Goldschlager). DeKuyper’s Hot Damn!™, for example, doesn’t contain gold flakes, and it is on the Washington State Liquor Stores Current Price List.It also has the advantage of being a fiery red color, which goes with Christmas.

Now, having made all these qualifying statements, the recipes themselves are very straightforward–


– 1/2 oz Cinammon Schnapps
– 1 oz. Vodka


Pour both liquors into glass – do not mix or stir. Serve on the rocks or straight up. Add cinnamon stick garnish.


3/4 oz Apple Schnapps
1/4 oz Cinnamon Schnapps
2 oz Vodka

In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine ingredients and shake. Strain into glass. Drop in a thin wedge of green apple (e.g., Granny Smith var.) or mount on glass and add cinnamon stick.

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This guy should not get behind the wheelDon’t do it. Not on Christmas, not on New Year’s, not EVER. You know better. If you don’t know better, or if you think you can handle it, you’re an idiot. Chain yourself to some heavy object and enjoy a bowl of wax fruit this Christmas.

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Hot Buttered RumSimple as can be. That old north wind is blowing in Bellingham right now, and hot-buttered rum hits the spot, especially if you’ve been out in the cold.

1.) Go to the grocery store and purchase some hot-buttered rum batter. Harvey’s is a popular brand, but Haggen makes their own this time of year, as well. I think Reser’s also makes it (I’m a Harvey’s man, myself).

2.) Go to the spices section and pick up a bottle of rum or brandy flavoring, or both (Locals: Fred Meyer has both varieties).

3.) Prepare according to instructions, substituting a few drops of the flavoring for the booze.

4.) Sprinkle a bit of cinammon and/or nutmeg on top, as you like it. Garnish with cinammon stick and/or lemon.

5.) Be warm, and make merry!

If you prefer alcohol in it…well, you know what to do. 🙂

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Cranberry Punch Recipe:

  • 2 cans frozen cranberry juice, prepared*
  • 1 can frozen orange juice, prepared*
  • 2 16 fluid ounce bottles of ginger ale or lemon-lime soda
  • Add fresh or frozen cranberries and oranges slices

Combine liquids, add cranberries and sliced oranges.

For an alcohol based version: add gin or vodka.

*or equivalent bottled juice

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