For the third installment of homemade Christmas gifts, I bring you homemade peppermint schnapps. Schnapps always makes me think of "The Backwards Episode" from Seinfeld. Haven't seen it? Go watch it. You'll thank me.
2 1/2 cups water
2 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tbs peppermint extract
1 handle (1/2 gallon) vodka
Create a simple syrup by first boiling the water. Once boiling, add the sugar and stir fairly continuously. Allow it to come to a boil again and stir for a minute or so longer. Remove from the heat and allow to cool a bit. Add the peppermint extract and continue to cool until it comes to room temperature.
Combine the vodka and simple syrup. Voila: homemade peppermint schnapps!
If you can wait, let it hang out and mature for a week or two.
I will be gifting mine, so I poured it into these cute little 8.5 oz swing top bottles and tied some ribbon around the neck. I was able to get 9 bottles (plus a little extra for me) out of this batch.
Need some help figuring out what to do with all this schnapps? Maybe make a cocktail or two. Here are a few ideas:
The Mint Icicle
Candy Cane Martini
Mint Chip; Peppermint Kiss; Icy Apple Martini
Or you could do what I was planning to do: add a little splash to some hot chocolate (preferably made using some of this homemade hot chocolate mix!).