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Last-minute make-it gift: Peppermint Patty Martini

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A bottle of Peppermint Patty Martinis is a quick and delicious gift from your kitchen./Joan Kostiuk A bottle of Peppermint Patty Martinis is a quick and delicious gift from your kitchen./Joan Kostiuk
The Yule Blog, Dec.15

10 days until Christmas

So there are only 10 days left until Christmas, and you still have a half-dozen people left on your Christmas gift list, not to mention a thinner wallet and mounting credit card bills.

How about something uniquely homemade that doesn’t set you back a bundle? Peppermint patty martinis are a great-tasting gift that that you need no special skills to make. And you can make a few bottles in well under an hour, including prep time.

All you need are vodka, white (clear) crème de cocoa and white crème de menthe, and a few glass bottles and plastic or cork stoppers.

Richland General Store on Route 40 in the Richland section of Buena Vista Township sells a wide selection of bottles and stoppers. The 375 milliliter bottles I used for this batch cost about $10 for a case of 12, and the stoppers are about half a buck each.

Avoid bottles that are made for decorative use; some may contain lead and are not be suitable for use with food or drinks.

The bottles must be sterilized before filling.

To sterilize, wash the bottles and caps in hot, soapy water and then submerge completely in a large pot of water. Bring the water to rolling boil for a full five minutes. Carefully remove from the water and place upside-down on a draining rack to air dry.

I like to print up a festive label that includes serving instructions and tie it on the bottle with a ribbon, but I have also attached adhesive labels directly to the bottle. These can be difficult to remove for reuse, however, depending on the type of adhesive used in the label.

The recipe below makes enough to fill five 375 ml bottles, with a little left over for testing. You might also want to whip up a batch for your next holiday party.

Peppermint Patty Martini

3 cups vodka

3 cups white crème de cocoa

1 cup white crème de menthe

1 cup water

Mix all ingredients well in a large container, and using a funnel, pour into bottles and cap. For big batches, a large water jug with a spigot makes filling the bottles a cinch. 

To serve, pour over ice, shake briefly and strain into martini glass rimmed with crushed candy canes, or garnish with two Junior Mints dropped into the glass.

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