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Recycling Christmas - Candy Cane Martini & Body Scrub

File this under the “happy hands at home” section.

I’m typically done with Christmas decorations by the start of the new year. But I admit to being late on a lot of things lately.

But as of Saturday, my decorations are all safely tucked away for next year, with just the candy canes that adorned my tree still on the coffee table.

I love mint anything, and there was the temptation to make a mint and chocolate bark. But that’s been done, right? And it’s 13 degrees outside. So I decided on a post-Christmas zen moment: a hot bubble bath with my lucky birthday candle, a candy cane body scrub, and a delicious candy cane martini.

Candy Cane Martini

12-14 candy canes (6-8 inch)

4 cups good vodka

Glass bottle

First, set aside 2 or 3 candy canes. If you have a high powered blender like a Vitamix, you can simply blend the vodka and candy canes on high for a few minutes or until you don’t see any large pieces of candy.

Let the mixture sit for at least half an hour, shaking occasionally. In a spice grinder or a Ziploc bag, pulverize the 2 or 3 candy canes and place on a shallow plate. Wet the rim of the glasses with either water or vodka and dip the rim of the glass in the crushed candy. Pour the vodka in the glass and if desired, drop a small piece of candy cane in the glass.

Get the bath ready.

Candy Cane Body Scrub

6 candy canes

1 cup white sugar

3/4 cup coconut oil (or olive oil if you like)

15-20 drops peppermint essential oil

Break the candy canes into large pieces, and put them in the work bowl of a food processor or spice grinder. For the scrub, you REALLY don’t want any big sharp pieces in the dust. They hurt.

Add the sugar, oil, and peppermint oil to the processor and pulse until the mixture sticks together and resembles wet sand. Transfer the sugar scrub to lidded glass jars or another type of lidded container. Store away from heat (not in the shower) if you want to maintain the creamy texture.

“Alexa, play some meditation music.”

Congratulate yourself that you got through the holidays in another weird year.

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