White Christmas Martini

White Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas movies.  I would watch it with my Mom when I was little, and I always have to watch it at least once every year.  I love classic old movies like that, with the women all elegant in their fancy dresses and the spectacle of it all.  I am not always a musical person, but the songs from this movie are classics that I enjoy because they remind me of when I was little and my parents used to play them around this time of the year. Hopefully this year in Minnesota we will have our own white Christmas, with just the right amount of snow on the ground.  It is looking a little brown right now, so more snow by Christmas would be nice so I can go skiing!
A few years back, when we had no snow for Christmas and it was brown outside, I created my own "White Christmas" in the form of a delicious drink.  It is kind of like eggnog, only I didn't go buy a carton at the store and just add some liquor to it, I created my own martini instead.  It is 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.  This has become something that I make at least once a year around the Holidays.

People like different types of liquor in their eggnog, but I skip the rum and do a combination of cognac and bourbon which is what I usually have on hand.  It is some of the best eggnog I have ever had (if you can really call it that because it is technically not eggnog, but it is my blog so I will).  It is smooth and boozy but also contains light and beautiful flavors thanks to the vanilla and almond.  I garnish it with some sprinkles because I can and I just can't resist being festive!  It tastes like Christmas!  Whether you have snow on the ground where you live or not, you deserve to enjoy one of these, kick back and forget about Holiday stress, and you should totally 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
  • 1 1/2 oz bourbon*
  • 1 1/2 oz cognac*
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla bean syrup*
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk (well mixed together)
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • nutmeg for sprinkling

 

Instructions:

  1. To make rim, Spread sprinkles 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 syrup 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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