They Are Drinking: Holiday Punch

'Tis the season to raise a glass—and after the year we've had, goodness knows we could use a tall one.

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Becca Cason Thrash

Photo By Steve Eichner

Santa’s Helper

Photo By Kyle Ericksen

Appeared In
Special Issue
WWD Scoop issue 11/24/2008
HOSTESS: Becca Cason Thrash
As a fixture on the Houston social circuit, Becca Cason Thrash knows a thing or two about holiday entertaining. “Our Christmases range from the sublime to the outrageous,” says the girl-about-town, who throws her own over-the-top fetes year-round. To get revelers in the holiday spirit, Thrash serves Santa’s Helper, a riff on a White Russian, which she pours directly into individual glasses. “I haven’t seen a punch bowl since my debutante ball,” says Thrash.

DRINK: Santa’s Helper

5 parts vodka
2 parts crème de menthe
3 parts milk
Combine all ingredients and stir well.
Garnish with a candy cane or peppermint stick.

THE LIQUID CHEF SAYS: “It’s great because it has so few ingredients.” But there’s still room for error. “The drink has to be balanced, so be careful with the amount of crème de menthe.”

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