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.”