February 08, 2010 (Day 9) — Iceberg

Maybe peppermint schnapps in an aquired taste. Perhaps it just takes time to identify the subtle nuances of the liquor, learning the ins and outs of the various complexities of the flavors. I hope that’s the case, and there’s a flavor to it other than “mouthwash.”

Woooo! Let’s get this PAR-TAY STARTED!!!

Okay, that’s not entirely fair. Peppermint schnapps does a damn fine job of giving a nice minty kick in drinks that already have a stronger, more dominant flavor. And Hiram Walker schnapps is one of the better ones you can get without breaking the bank.

Mixed with just vodka, however, the schnapps delivers three quick junk-punches and leaves the vodka crying outside the bar in a fetal position.

That is to say, it’s a smidge overpowering. This drink led me to wonder if it wouldn’t be more cost-effective for me to just drink the schnapps straight out of the bottle and avoid wasting the vodka.

I’m going to take every chance I’ve got to use this photo.

But, you know, maybe there are some people out there who like peppermint schnapps more than I, so here’s the recipe for those who want to give it a shot:

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint schnapps

Mix, pour into chilled martini glass.

Smooth drink or cocktail from hell?

I actually tried two versions of this drink. One with the 1/2 tsp of schnapps, another we a full-on SHOT of the schnapps. It’s hard to say which is better, as both are pretty sinister. The one-shot Iceberg does an excellent job clearing out your sinuses. And searing off the majority of your tastebuds. And ensuring a lasting buzz. (Jenn refused to finish hers.) On a positive note, the warmer the drink got, the better it tasted. That, or it tasted better because I was finishing off Jenn’s. Anyhoodle, there’s no way in hell this atrocity is coming across my bar again.

And if I’ve got a craving for it again, I’ll just slam some of my Listerine.

Listerine… Shaken, not stirred.

Genieße das Leben ständig!

Du bist länger tot als lebendig!

— Mark


  1. Like a pepperminty punch in the face. This might also be a not-so distant cousin of the Stinger family.


  1. […] not bad, actually. As I mentioned in last night’s drink, peppermint schnapps is an overpowering addition to any cocktail. Unlike the mellower creme de […]

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