Little Rock-based gardening and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith offers this appealing recipe for Peppermint Hot Chocolate to keep you warm.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Heat sugar, milk and salt in a saucepan over a low heat. Do not boil. Add chocolate. Stir constantly until the chocolate melts.
Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and peppermint extract.
Divide hot chocolate between 4 cups and add an ounce or so of peppermint schnapps to each cup. Drop in a few marshmallows and a peppermint stick.
Makes four servings -- the more schnapps, the merrier!