Shake-and-Serve Holiday Cocktails from Mixologist Patricia Richards

11/17/2010 at 06:00 AM EST

Holiday Cocktails from Patricia Richards
Patricia Richards
Alex Karvounis
When it comes to holiday cocktails, mixologist Patricia Richards stirs by a simple approach: Just shake it! Lucky for us, what Richards mixes in Las Vegas for the famed Wynn Hotel, isn't staying there.

The famed drink-pert says a merry recipe is as simple as 1-2-3: combine the contents, shake over ice and serve with festive garnishes. Toast your festive guests with these effortlessly chic drinks to get your holiday party started!

Menu:

• Peppermint Hot Chocolate (see below)
Gingerbread Spiced Nog


Shake-and-Serve Holiday Cocktails from Mixologist Patricia Richards

Joseph De Leo

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

• 3 tbsp. hot chocolate powder
• 1½ cup boiling water
• 1½ cup scalded milk
• 1½ tbsp. crème de menthe
• 1½ tbsp. peppermint schnapps
• 1 tbsp. whipped cream
• Red and green sanding sugars
• Mint sprig



1. Combine cocoa powder, boiling water and milk in a mug and stir well.
2. Add remaining ingredients and gently stir.
3. Garnish with whipped cream, red and green sanding sugars and a sprig of mint, and serve.

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