Hot Mistletoe and Holly Red Cocktail

Hot Mistletoe and Holly Cocktail is a beautiful drink to serve at any holiday party and the taste of warm peppermint and cranberry juice is perfect for the season.

1 1/2 cups cranberry juice (100 percent juice)
1/4 cup white creme de cacao
1/4 cup 100-proof peppermint schnapps
1/4 cup heavy cream lightly whipped with 1 tsp. sugar for garnish
12 fresh cranberries {garnish}
Pinch of Matcha powder {finely milled green tea} for garnish
Bamboo skewers or swizzle sticks for garnish
Irish Coffee Mugs or hot beverage cups

In a small saucepan, simmer cranberry juice over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat.  Add the Peppermint Schnapps and creme de cacao. Stir to blend and release some of the alcohol and cook over low heat for exactly one minute. 

Carefully pour the hot beverage into Irish coffee mugs and garnish with a small dollop of whipped cream in each. 

To garnish, add three cranberries to a bamboo skewer or other heat proof swizzle sticks. 

To finish, use a fine-mesh sieve to gently tap a light dusting of Matcha over the whipped cream - Matcha is green, so you'll have a light dusting of green on top of the whipped cream - just dust for the color, not the taste. 

Serve hot.  Makes 4 servings

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