White Christmas Martini

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...hey, a girl can dream even though it has been 40 degrees in Minnesota, it is brown outside and there is no snow in the forecast in the next five days.  It just doesn't seem right to not be going nordic skiing, for walks in the snow, and staring out at the glittery white beauty.  I went for a walk after work today and saw a guy in shorts!  Really?
Last year at this time we had plenty of fluffy white goodness outside and I was skiing at this point.  Since I can't have my snow and I can't control the weather, I thought I would create my own "White Christmas" in the form of a delicious drink.  Eggnog sounded good, but I wanted a non-dairy version that didn't come from a carton.  So I came up with my own twist on the classic made creamy with coconut milk, spiced with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg and scented with vanilla and almond.

It seems that people like different types of liquor in their eggnog, but I decided to skip the rum and do a combination of cognac and bourbon which is what I have on hand.  It was the best eggnog I have ever had (if you can really call it that, but it is my blog so I will).  It was smooth and boozy but also contained light and beautiful flavors due to the vanilla and almond.  I garnished it with some sprinkles because I could and I just couldn't resist!  It tasted like Christmas, and a snowy White Christmas at that!  If I hadn't looked out the window I could have sworn we had snow.  If you are snow deprived as well, I have included the recipe if you wish to make a "White Christmas". If you have snow I am jealous, but you should still make yourself one.  Cheers!

White Christmas Martini
Makes 1

Rim:

 

Drink:

  • 4-6 large ice cubes
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 3 oz bourbon*
  • 1 oz cognac*
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla bean syrup*
  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • nutmeg for sprinkling

 

Instructions:

  1. To make rim, Spread sugar out on a small plate. Coat the rim of the martini glass with the syrup by dipping it into it on a plate, then dip the agave coated rim into the sprinkles and set aside.
  2. In a martini shaker add the ice, vanilla, almond extract, liquors, vanilla bean syrup, coconut milk, cinnamon and place top on shaker.
  3. Shake until well blended. Pour through a strainer into a the prepared martini glass, dust with a little nutmeg and serve!

 

*Vanilla Bean Syrup:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • seeds of one vanilla bean

 

Heat water until boiling, remove from heat and whisk in syrup and vanilla beans, until nectar is dissolved. Chill well before using in drinks. Makes 1/2 cup syrup

*You can find out if your liquors are vegan on Barnivore.

 

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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

16 Comments
  1. December 21, 2011 at 01:36
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    That looks amazing! So festive. Much lighter than eggnog too, I might have to try this for the holiday :)

  2. December 21, 2011 at 01:50
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    Impressive! You should write a book, or better yet, open a restaurant, I'll be your partner. Classy drinks, small plates, neighborhood atmostphere, Minneapolis needs this!

  3. December 21, 2011 at 09:53
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    What a perfectly festive drink! I could do with one of those right now to help with the gift wrapping....!

  4. December 21, 2011 at 15:42
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    This looks so great! And I love that it's vegan, being lactose intolerant. I bet the coconut milk tastes great with the bourbon and cognac too! :)

  5. December 21, 2011 at 16:16
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    It has been unseasonably warm, hasn't it? Although it might not look very Christmas-y outside, this drink sure looks festive!

  6. December 21, 2011 at 16:36
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    The drink is exactly where I want my white. Last year's winter did me in for a few years. And this is so much prettier than long-term snow! Very clever. Very sweet. Wishing you a joyful holiday week.

  7. December 21, 2011 at 21:38
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    So pretty with that candy rim on the glass--wishing you snow! I would send you some if I could.

  8. December 22, 2011 at 14:30
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    What a lovely holiday drink. This is my first visit to your blog so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really love the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  9. December 22, 2011 at 15:47
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    This snowy martini is lovely. Love those no-pariels on the rim. Also love the no egg. We don't see snow here in FL but I can pretend. Thanks for sharing this. Happy Holidays!

  10. December 23, 2011 at 00:51
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  11. December 23, 2011 at 00:56
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    Looks scrumptious! I am getting snow right now and it's cold outside...so...Oh Ya! Looks like a holiday drink is in order! I don't have bourbon, but I do have Grand Marnier which I think will be pretty Christmasy! and I'm sure will warm me up! Luv your recipes, and have linked your blog to my new website: http://www.2healthandwellness.org/ <br />showing your festive foodies to all! <br />Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and yours! Namaste Jwls

  12. December 23, 2011 at 08:24
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    Hope Santa brings you some snow this Christmas!!

  13. December 26, 2011 at 16:13
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    This drink looks so festive and delicious!!

  14. December 5, 2014 at 14:52
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    This looks AMAZING. Would it be okay with you if I feature your recipe in a roundup? I'd love to include a photo in the collage, and of course I'll link over to this post.

    • December 5, 2014 at 14:55
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      Thank you :)! Of course you can, if you link back I never mind.

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