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The ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Cocktail Makes for a Merry Christmas

It’s a Wonderful Life Cocktail/ Photo by Ren Fuller for Chronicle Books

This recipe is adapted from Very Merry Cocktailsa new cookbook featuring cocktail recipes by lifestyle taste writer and author Jessica Strand.

If only George Bailey could have sipped one of these smooth, creamy cocktails, he would have known right away what a wonderful life he had.

How to Make a “It’s a Wonderful Life” Cocktail

3 oz [90 ml] half-and-half
1½ oz [45 ml] Irish cream liqueur
½ oz [15 ml] crème de menthe
Ground cinnamon, for garnish


Fill an old fashioned glass halfway with ice.

Pour the half-and-half, Irish cream liqueur, and crème de
menthe into an ice-filled shaker.

Shake until cold, then strain into the prepared glass.

Dust with ground cinnamon.

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