12 fresh cranberries for garnish
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice (100 percent juice)
1/4 cup (2 oz.) white creme de cacao
1/4 cup (2 oz.) ces) 100-proof peppermint schnapps
1/4 cup heavy cream lightly whipped with 1 tsp. sugar for garnish
pinch of Matcha powder for garnish
"Replace the fresh cranberry garnish with an old- fashioned candy cane if you wish," says Mary Lou Heiss, who also co-owns a gourmet store in Northampton, Mass. with her husband. "Either way, a dusting of matte green matcha adds an elegant finishing touch." It's also important to use 100-proof peppermint schnapps, she says. "The 40-proof version does not provide the desired balance of flavors."