Reindeer's Breath Christmas Drink

{Cocktail Time} A Reindeer’s Breath!

by Megan on December 2, 2011

I’m a morning person.
The hubby? He’s a night owl.
So I have the coffee pot maker primed and set, ready to brew me a fresh pot at 6:00am. Sometimes 5-5:30!

The hubby lazily wakes up hours later to coffee that’s been on the burner way too long, and it’s usually cold.

Recently I was sent a couple of boxes of Starbucks coffee K-Cup portion packs. They are individual little  packs that really do brew the perfect cup of coffee.  So now… I can have a fresh brewed cup of coffee at 6AM, while the hubby can have a fresh brewed cup of coffee at 9AM

How perfect is that?

And with 6 different Starbuck  blends to enjoy, we can have a Starbuck experience right in our own home. I like to have the Breakfast Blend in the morning, as soon as I wake up. It’s a light bodied, mild roast, but I also enjoy the Cafe Verona for an afternoon pick me up, or to make this hot toddy!.

It’s really a win win situation!

Starbucks coffee drinks

The Starbuck K-Cup portion packs really do make it easier to brew up a cup of good quality coffee, in like… a minute. Seriously!

And that makes it even easier to whip up this holiday drink,

The Reindeer’s Breath.

You see…back in yesteryear, I lived in Reno, Nevada for a spell. On the way up the mountain, en route to Incline Village on Lake Tahoe, there is a quaint little lodge/bar, named The Reindeer Lodge. There, they had a nice hot drink called The Reindeer’s Breath. I remember it was half coffee, half hot chocolate, and it had four different liquors. That was many moons ago, and I don’t really recall the liquors anymore, but I have made up my own version of the infamous Reindeer’s Breath.

Still half coffee, half hot chocolate, but my version is spiked with a shot of Brandy and a shot of Kahlua Peppermint Mocha liqueur.  If you cant find this limited edition Kahlua, you can substitute some regular Kahlua,  or a mocha liquor and some peppermint Schnapps. Top that with a good shot of whip cream, some Christmas sprinkles, and garnish with a candy cane.  Sit back and enjoy the season!




Reindeer’s Breath

Serves two

1 cup Hot Chocolate

1 cup Strong coffee

2 ounces brandy

2 ounces  Kahlua

whip cream

Red and green sprinkles

2 candy canes

Pour half a cup of hot chocolate and half a cup of coffee into 2 10-ounce coffee cups. Pour in brandy and the Kahlua  peppermint mocha liquor. Stir and top with whip cream and sprinkles. Use a candy cane as a stirrer stick in each cup.


As a Featured Publisher with Foodbuzz, I received a coffee maker and a few boxes of Starbuck K-Cup coffee to try. However, all opinions  are 100% my own!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 sara December 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm

This looks so amazing! I am definitely going to be trying it this holiday season…yum! :)

2 Lyndsey @The Tiny Skillet December 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm

You sound so much like me and I actually have both breakfast blend and Cafe Verona! My husband likes Irish cream in his coffee on the weekends! This is so cute… Reindeer’s breath…I have to make it! Love it!

3 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes December 3, 2011 at 7:20 am

A drink never looked prettier!

4 Platanos, Mangoes and Me! December 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Something else for me to add to my list of goodies. My brunch next sunday will be a hit with this.

5 Salad in a Jar December 5, 2011 at 8:53 am

We have the exact same problem at my house with the early/late riser bit and the coffee. I like your solution. Must try those Starbucks coffees.

6 Marla December 19, 2011 at 9:23 pm

The name of this drink is so cute! Sounds like a perfect way to enjoy the holidays :)

7 Lynn July 21, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Hi Megan!
I once lived and worked at the Reindeer Lodge and made hundreds of these wonderful hot drinks (and still do for family and friends during the holidays). Your recipe looks wonderful and I wouldn’t change a thing!

So strictly for historical purposes, I offer the original recipe:

One large coffee mug, heated.
Fill to:
1/3 strong coffee
1/3 hot chocolate
1 shot Vodka
1 shot Peppermint Schnapps
1 shot Kahlua
Top with:
Generous slosh of whipped cream
Drizzle of Green Creme de Menthe
Final Touch:
What else but a Candy Cane for stirring.

We also served a Hot-Buttered Rum that was to die for because we actually melted a generous chunk of butter, fresh from the local dairies in a stemmed-glass half-filled with hot water and 2 oversized shots of dark rum and used cinnamon sticks as stirrers.

Did you stand in the fireplace? That was the big attraction – the huge cobblestone fireplace big enough for at least 4 lumberjacks to stand in, side by side :)

Thanks for this post Megan – Those were good years for me full of great memories :)

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