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Winter cocktails to warm the soul

Candy Cane Cocktails are like carrying a festive, drinkable decoration around your party!
Candy Cane Cocktails are like carrying a festive, drinkable decoration around your party!
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Don't get me wrong here, I make fun of Martha Stewart as often as the next person- but if there's one thing she knows about- it's drinkin'. No jailhouse sangria here, just lovely winter cocktails. It's a good thing.

For a classic, easy version of Martha's Eggnog Martini, simply mix your favorite store-bought egg nog with a couple shots of brandy over ice and garnish with nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon or any combination of the three. The spice is what really makes this drink tasty and pretty to look at.

If you're feeling really ambitious and want to learn how to make home made eggnog read more at Marthastewart.com: Classic Eggnog - Martha Stewart Recipes 

The Candy Cane Cocktail is about the easiest thing Martha mixes together. Crush up some candy canes to rim your martini glass with. In a shaker mix 2 ounces of strawberry vodka, 4 dashes white creme de menthe, 2 1/2 ounces cranberry juice, and ice. Pour into the candy cane rimmed class and enjoy!

This last recipe is one of my own, and admittedly it needs some tweaking, so if you have a good idea of something to add to it, feel free to leave it in the comments below. I call it the Andes Mint hot cocoa.

Just mix up a mug of instant hot cocoa mix, drop a shot or two of Rumple Minze into it before heating and be sure to stir it up really well after you take it out of the microwave. It tastes like a warm alcohol-filled Andes Mint, or even a Thin Mint girl scout cookie all warmed up. It's pretty decent on a cold, snowy day if you're a lazy drunk like me.

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