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Candy Cane Martini

What you need: 5 ounces Van Gogh vanilla vodka, .75 ounces Godiva White Chocolate, .75 ounces Peppermint Schnapps, 1 ounce simple syrup, 1.25 ounces heavy cream; plus mini candy canes, sugar, Hershey's Strawberry Syrup and peppermint extract for garnish. Recipe: In a shaker, combine all ingredients with 10 ounces of ice. Shake vigorously 10-12 times. In a chilled martini glass, dress the rim with red peppermint syrup and dip into sugar. Finally, with a tight strain pour into glass. Garnish drink with mini candy cane, which will hang inside the cocktail. To make the peppermint syrup: Fill half a squirt bottle with Hershey's Strawberry Syrup and add about 6 drops of peppermint extract. Taste as you add. You will be looking for a subtle flavor; it's important the peppermint isn't overpowering. From: Steve Martorano, owner of Martorano's eateries. 3343 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-561-2554; 5751 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-584-4450;
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