Mistletoe Prep Gin Christmas Cocktail

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Gin up the season with this marvelous green Gin Christmas Cocktail. A sweet and refreshing drink with Crème De Menthe, Crème De Cacao, Gin, and heavy cream for a creamy holiday treat.

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Creamy, sweet, and boozy, this minty Gin Christmas Cocktail is sure to raise holiday spirits (and cool family tensions). Based on the popular Grasshopper cocktail, this drink has Gin added for a botanical kick and is shaken with crushed ice for a creamy frozen concoction you must try.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

If you love chocolate and mint flavors this cocktail is for you. Creamy, sweet, and boozy, this Gin Christmas cocktail hits the spot for a winter holiday warmer. The cool minty green color is eye-catching and festive, perfect for a holiday party or after-dinner drink. You can also make a fun non-alcoholic version of this for non-drinkers and kiddos alike.

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Ingredients needed for this Gin Christmas Cocktail:

  • Gin. Pick your favorite.
  • Crème De Menthe. The green variety. You can also substitute with white Crème De Menthe and add green food coloring.
  • Crème De Cacao. You’ll need the white (clear) version of this.
  • Heavy Cream. You can also use milk, but the cream gives it a lush decadence you don’t want to miss.
  • Crushed Candy Canes. This is for the garnish.

Tools you will need:

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How to make this Gin Christmas Cocktail:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in your shaker.
  2. Shake vigorously with crushed ice and pour into your glass. Top with more crushed ice as needed.
  3. Garnish with the crushed candy canes on top.
  4. Cheers!

What if I don’t have crushed ice?

The reason for crushed ice is that we need the ice to melt into the drink faster than normal to balance our drink. The cheap and dirty method for crushed ice is to put cubed ice into a thick Ziplock bag and smash it with a mallet (bonus: it’s a great stress reliever too). You can also purchase a Lewis bag which definitely works better than a plastic bag. I’ve had mine for years and have never had any regrets.

Is Peppermint Schnapps the same as Crème De Menthe?

No, Peppermint Schnapps is not the same as Crème De Menthe. Peppermint Schnapps has a more intense peppermint flavor and is less sweet. It is available in 15%, 30% and 50% ABV levels.  Crème De Menth is available in 15% -18% ABV.

An American Schnapps is produced by mixing a grain spirit with other flavors and sugar. A Liqueur is made from distilled alcohol that has been flavored with fruit, cream, spices, herbs flowers or nuts and bottled with sugar. Liqueurs are typically much sweeter, especially “crème” liqueurs which have a high sugar content.

What does Crème De Menthe go with?

The most popular Crème De Menthe cocktail is the Grasshopper, but this minty liqueur pairs well with any creamy or chocolate-based cocktail. It also makes a fantastic refreshing mint Julep when paired with lemon and lime juices.

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What is the difference between white Crème De Cacao and dark Crème De Cacao?

White Crème De Cacao has a slightly more delicate chocolate flavor with hints of vanilla, and dark Crème De Cacao is slightly more bitter like dark chocolate with hints of citrus and vanilla. Either one will make a delicious chocolate cocktail, but if the color of your drink matters you will want to use the white version.

How to make a non-alcoholic Mistletoe Prep Drink:

You can easily make this a mocktail by substituting the Crème De Menthe for a non-alcoholic Crème De Menthe syrup and substitute the Crème De Cacao for a white chocolate syrup.

Ingredients needed:

Shake all ingredients with crushed ice and top with crushed candy canes. Enjoy!

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When to enjoy a Gin Christmas Cocktail:

  • At the office Christmas party, when you were bamboozled with GARLIC hummus (enough to ward off vampires and all prospects) and are in desperate need of a minty breath refresher.
  • After the Christmas parade and you just don’t know what to do with all those mini Candy Canes that were chucked at your kids.
  • To wash down the Christmas Caramel Popcorn you couldn’t stop devouring during your annual viewing of Die Hard.
  • After the 13th airport pickup.
  • When you need to maintain a minty fresh demeanor as you enjoy your Mother-in-law’s backhanded compliment about your Christmas dinner Roast Beef.
  • Christmas morning after the urchins have cloaked your living room in wrapping paper, bows and packaging…and you need a little pick-me-up to get through the mess.

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Mistletoe Prep Gin Christmas Cocktail

This marvelous green Gin Christmas cocktail is a sweet and refreshing drink with Crème De Menthe, Crème De Cacao, Gin, and heavy cream for a creamy holiday treat.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes


  • 1 oz. Gin
  • 1 oz. Crème De Menthe (the green one)
  • 1 oz. White Crème De Cacao
  • 2 oz. Heavy Cream (you can sub half & half or milk if preferred)
  • Crushed Candy Canes


  • Combine all the ingredients in your shaker.
  • Shake vigorously with crushed ice and pour into your glass. Top with more crushed ice as needed.
  • Garnish with the crushed candy canes on top.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gin christmas cocktail
Servings: 1

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