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A toast to remember this New Year's Eve

By Kary Osmond on

This New Year's Eve, a bunch of us are planning to head up north to a cabin in the woods -- far, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A place where the kids and dogs can run wild and the adults can unwind around the kitchen island, laughing and chatting. The thing that I'm most looking forward to is being able to cook for friends in my most comfortable clothing with a crackling fire in the background. I couldn't think of a better way to ring in the new year.

So far, we have everything planned for the getaway: The cottage is rented, meals and snacks have been decided, and we've chosen the board games, music and movies to keep everyone entertained. All that's left to plan is a delicious holiday shooter for the adults to cheers with on New Year's Eve.

I want to make something that everyone will love and that's not too strong, almost like a sweet treat. I have the perfect recipe in mind: a carrot cake shooter. I used to make this all the time when I worked in a bar; it was the most requested shooter, especially during the holiday season. A little sugar and spice makes everything nice! With so many almond-based Irish cream whiskeys on the market, and so many recipes online detailing how to make your own dairy-free Irish cream whiskey, this recipe is the perfect vegan holiday shooter.

This shooter tastes best chilled, so pour all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, give it a good shake, pour and enjoy!

Carrot Cake Shooter

Makes 8 shooters

4 ounces dairy-free Irish cream whiskey


4 ounces butterscotch schnapps

Splash of cinnamon schnapps

1. Pour all ingredients into a martini shaker filled with ice.

2. Shake, strain and pour into eight shot glasses.

3. Enjoy responsibly!

(Kary Osmond is a Canadian recipe developer and former television host of the popular daytime cooking show "Best Recipes Ever." Her easy recipes include helpful tips to guide you along the way, and her love of plant-based cooking offers healthy alternatives to some of your favorite dishes. Learn more at




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