Fairbanks went from 20 below zero to 10 above zero in the matter of hours. We got a Chinook, a warm wind from the south, and the temperature rose by 30 degrees literally overnight (right now we are 45 degrees warmer than Monday). It is amazing how much easier things are above zero. The house is warmer, you can breath outside without a scarf, you don't even need a coat! (well, almost) So, we are celebrating with a drink of the week that is cool but will warm you up from the inside out.
for 1 drink
1.5 oz. vanilla vodka
1 oz peppermint schnapps
1 Tbsp. heavy cream or a little more to taste ( I use fat free half and half and feel guilt free!)
mini candy cane for garnish
Add all ingredients except candy canes to drink shaker. Shake well, until very cold. Strain into glass, garnish with candy cane.
For 6 drinks
9 oz. vanilla vodka
6 oz. peppermint schnapps
3 oz. heavy cream - or substitute
6 mini candy canes for garnish
Fill pitcher with ice, add vodka, schnapps and cream. Stir very well, strain into glasses and garnish with candy canes.
And remember, the roads are very slick when a Chinook blows through. Never drink and drive.
December 2, 2011 Daylight 4 hours, 38 minutes, 52 seconds Current Temp. 25 ºF