The holiday season is all about indulging. In addition to all the savory dishes and sweet treats you will be cooking, you should also try making some holiday-themed drinks to ring in the festivities. Below are three alcoholic drink recipes, adapted from alcoholprofessor.com, that will help you celebrate the holidays.
Cousin Eddie’s Eggstrordinary Nog
Eggnog, meaning ‘in a wooden mug’, is believed to have come from medieval Britain and consisted of milk, cream, cloves, eggs and alcohol. Here’s a modern day version for today’s palate, offering rich and creamy comfort, wrapped in a warm, boozy blanket. Don’t worry about the raw egg yolks – the booze “cooks” it so it’s safe to drink.
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- 2 cups of whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 large eggs (separated – you will need both yokes and whites)
- 2 oz spiced rum
- ½ oz Bananas Schnapps (optional)
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Beat egg yolks in a bowl, then slowly beat in the sugar. Whisk whole milk and cream into the mixture. Add rum and Bananas Schnapps if using. Cover bowl and place in fridge for two days. Take out of the fridge and just before serving, beat egg whites (only use half the amount of egg whites) until they are stiff. Spoon into the eggnog and stir gently. Grate nutmeg on top and serve.
If you are feeling a little naughty but would like to sip on something incredibly nice, try this spiked hot chocolate.
- ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 2 cups whole milk
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ¼ tbs sugar
- 2 oz. Vincenzi Amaretto di Torino
- Topping : whipped cream (optional)
- Garnish: side plate of Italian almond cookies (biscotti)
Heat milk and cream in a saucepan, then slowly add and stir in chocolate chips and sugar, until fully dissolved. Pour Amaretto into the hot chocolate last maximum flavor. Pour into a thick glass or large mug and top with whipped cream. Serve with a plate of biscotti.
Modern American Sherry Cobbler
Sherry has made a big come back in recent years as a cocktail ingredient. The holidays are hectic, so here’s a simple Sherry Cobbler for that tree lighting ceremony.
- 3 oz sherry (dry Oloroso or Amontillado is best here)
- 1 oz cranberry juice (100% juice – not cranberry cocktail!)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 orange slices
- Crushed Ice
- Garnish: mint sprig
Place oranges and sugar in a shaker. Add sherry and cranberry juice with crushed ice, then shake. Fill a glass (metal cobbler/julep glass preferred but not necessary) with crushed ice. Strain liquid from shaker and pour into the glass. Garnish with mint and serve.