Chances are pretty high that as you're putting together your New Years party, you're just as busy cleaning up from Christmas and you've got an excessive amount of candy canes lying around. So do the right thing and put those canes to use: Crush them up and dump them into a bottle of vodka. Over the course of 48-72 hours, the candy will dissolve and create a peppermint infusion perfect for adding to hot cocoa or by itself. In the absence of candy canes, Skittles or Life Savers will provide the same effect -- just fruitier.
Karl Merton Ferron, The Baltimore Sun
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