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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Angry Elf Cocktail ...inspired by Elf for Food 'n Flix

"Angry Elf" cocktail inspired by ELF for Food 'n Flix via
If I had to name my top 5 Christmas movies - Elf would be on that list.  We actually own quite a few Christmas flicks.  We've built up quite the collection over the years.  We have enough that I don't have the time to watch all of them every year, so I pick and choose the ones I'm in the mood for.  But no matter the year, Elf is always one of the ones that I watch.

It's hilarious.  It makes me cry.  Really.  I've told you I'm a baby like that, right?  Plus, it definitely spreads Christmas cheer.  But is it a foodie movie?  Pssshh.  Of course it is!  Almost anybody can be a foodie movie if you "go into it" that way.  Sure, some take more imagination that others, but still.

Elf is one of those that stokes the fires of the imagination.  From Maple Syrup Spaghetti, to a sweet-tooth (or tooth-ache) inducing breakfast, to coffee with "syrup", there are some obvious triggers.  But if you look further and have some fun with it, there are so many phrases that you could turn into a play-on-words sort of dish.

I tossed around all sorts of ideas this year. But ultimately, I was in a cocktail sort of mood. I thought maybe "Snowballs" - in honor of the awesome snowball throwing scene. Or perhaps a Christmas Gram - think graham cracker-coated rim. But ultimately, I took inspiration from one of my favorite scenes - the "angry elf" scene.
From the "I'm in love, I'm in love, and I don't care who knows it" to the storming of the table, it's a perma-grin packed 2 minutes.  The resulting cocktail is creamy and festive and sweet enough for Buddy to love, BUT it is almost pure alcohol.  With the power of a little Absinthe tacked on, it seemed only right to christen it the "Angry Elf".  It will definitely keep you warm when you're snowed in.

Merry Christmas!

Angry Elf {cocktail}
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"Angry Elf" cocktail inspired by ELF for Food 'n Flix via
by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: n/a
Keywords: beverage nut-free vegetarian Christmas winter

Ingredients (2 cocktails)
  • 3 ounces Cake Vodka
  • 3 ounces Creme de Cacao
  • 2 ounces heavy cream
  • 1 ounce Peppermint Schnapps
  • .5 ounce Absinthe
  • ice cubes
for the rim
  • heavy cream
  • 2 crushed candy canes

Fill a shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Pour in everything else, put the lid on and shake until well-chilled.

Pour a little puddle of heavy cream into a saucer. Place the crushed candy canes into another sauce. Dip the rim of two cocktail glasses into the cream to coat well and then into the crushed candy canes.

Strain the chilled cocktail into the glasses. Enjoy responsibly - these cocktails look innocent, but they pack a vicious punch!

Please note that these cocktails are mostly alcohol - and though sweet and creamy, are very strong. I think that the Absinthe adds that perfect "angry" touch, but if you're not a fan of black licorice flavor, you could omit it for a creamy peppermint-flavored drink.
"Angry Elf" cocktail inspired by ELF for Food 'n Flix via
Food‘nFlix Our Food 'n Flix pick for this month is Elf, hosted by Elizabeth at The Law Student's Cookbook.  Submissions aren't due until November 29, so you still have a few days to join us if you'd like to.  Come on, everybody has to watch Elf at least once this time of year!

And join us next month when Debra from Eliot's Eats will be hosting Food 'n Flix for the very first time with her pick, The Breakfast Club.  Oh yeah, we're kicking off 2014 in (old-school) style.

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