Candy canes are the jolly elf's bread and butter, so recreating those flavors in a boozy beverage ought to get anyone off the naughty list. A touch of sweet raspberry liqueur merges with peppermint schnapps and crème de cacao to deliver a mouth-watering winter concoction. Capturing all the childlike glee a candy cane can provide while muting the bite that usually accompanies peppermint with a hefty dose of candied fruit, courtesy of a solid lug of grenadine, it's a wintery aperitif few could turn down – especially not a man on his 300 millionth home visit.
- 1/2 Fluid ounce Chambord
- 3/4 Fluid ounce Peppermint Schnapps
- 3/4 Fluid ounce white Crème de Cacao
- 1 Tablespoon grenadine
- Splash of half and half
- Splash of tonic
Pour everything but the half and half and tonic into a cocktail shaker full of ice and shake vigorously until well-chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass and top off with the half and half and enough tonic to cut the sweetness and give the drink a little effervescent kick. Garnish with a mini candy cane. If you want to score some serious brownie points with the man in red, pair one of these up with Rice Krispie treats. Sure, it sounds weird, but so does a man flying through the night sky on a reindeer-powered sleigh.