Snowshoe Grog Cocktail

Snowshoe Grog Cocktail With Whiskey and Peppermint Schnapps

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
146 Calories
0g Fat
4g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 146
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 1mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for snowshoe grog is a simple lowball cocktail served on the rocks that's guaranteed to warm you up from the inside out. It's very easy, too, because all you have to do is pour and stir and you have a minty drink to enjoy.

The snowshoe grog is a favorite in chilly northern climates and it's made with either bourbon or brandy. Though the two spirits have entirely different profiles, each works well with peppermint schnapps. Either way, it's a quick drink to mix up on cold winter days.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a Snowshoe Grog Cocktail
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  2. In an old-fashioned glass filled with ice, pour the bourbon or brandy and peppermint schnapps.

    Mixing a Snowshoe Grog Cocktail
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  3. Stir to combine.

    Mixing a Snowshoe Grog Cocktail
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  4. Serve and enjoy.

    Snowshoe Grog Cocktail
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  • Peppermint schnapps ranges anywhere from 15 percent to 50 percent ABV (30 to 100 proof). The stronger versions will have a significantly stronger peppermint flavor. If you're using one of those, you might want to back off a bit on the schnapps.
  • If you want to skip the ice (and the potential dilution that comes with it), pour this drink into a frosty glass.
  • You can also chill your bottle of schnapps before pouring it. Simply place it in the freezer for an hour or so. There's no need to worry about the liquor freezing, especially if it's a higher-proof schnapps.

Recipe Variations

  • Quite often, people like to make a big batch of this drink to take along on outdoor winter adventures. To do so, simply combine as much of the two liquors as you like—keeping the ratio at 3:1—and pour it into a flask or thermos.
  • Another popular variation is to serve this drink warm by heating up the mix on the stovetop. Use a small saucepan and make a larger batch to pour into a thermos. Keep the heat low and don't let it come to a boil. Also, remember that alcohol is flammable, so be careful not to spill, particularly if you have a gas stove.
  • Other mint liqueurs, such as crème de menthe, can be used instead of peppermint schnapps.

How Strong Is a Snowshoe Grog?

The snowshoe grog is a tough drink that packs a punch in both flavor and alcohol. When made with 30 proof schnapps, it mixes up to 27 percent ABV (54 proof). Jump that up to 44 percent ABV (88 proof) with a 100 proof schnapps. It will be even stronger if you skip the ice and opt for a straight pour.