I can hardly believe Christmas is just around the corner! Every year, I get so excited for this season, the great food, buying gifts, and most importantly the decorations (I do love a good Christmas tree if you haven’t seen my Instagram). I’m at the age now we’re I’m starting to create my own traditions, and it honestly feels kind of weird. Of course, I participate in all of my families traditions, like decorating the tree, drinking out of our special Christmas mugs, and our family gift exchange, but since Matt and I now have our own place we’re figuring out what we can do around our house to make it feel extra festive. I think decorating our tree will always be a tradition and our yearly food extravagnza and gift exchange before we head to our family’s homes for the holiday is one of my favorite days of the year. I can’t wait to see what other traditions form as we spend more holidays together.
Chocolate oranges are a more recent Christmas tradition for me, and luckily Matt is into it too. They weren’t very popular in my family growing up, but as an adult I love the flavor combination. The chocolate oranges sold at the grocery store will always be a classic, but when you want to switch it up a bit (with some other grown ups of course) this cocktail is absolutely perfect.
Honestly, the inspiration for this cocktail came from the almost full bottle of Bailey’s we had left in our fridge that we needed to drink. The creamy consistency of Bailey’s made me want to incorporate something chocolatey, plus my need to make everything in December extra festive adding a bit of orange seemed like the obvious choice. This cocktail is really rich, so I wouldn’t recommend having many more than one, but it makes for an ultimate dessert to sip by the Christmas tree.
To make this cocktail, you will need:
- 2 oz. Bailey’s (or Irish cream of your choice) chilled
- Drizzles of Chocolate Syrup
- 1 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. Cointreau
- Add the Bailey’s, vodka, and a drizzle of chocolate to a shaker and shake until combined
- Drizzle chocolate syrup around the edge of a martini glass
- Pour the Bailey’s mix into the glass
- Top the drink with Cointreau, estimating about a shot’s worth, and enjoy!
This recipe is super easy to double, so make a batch, grab your favorite drinking partner, and cozy up with some Christmasy vibes.
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