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PostSubject: 10 Holiday Drinks   Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:20 am

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  1. Wassail
    Wassail was originally a word that meant to greet or salute someone — groups would go out wassailing on cold evenings, and when they approached a door would be offered a mug of warm cider or ale. Typically concocted with a variety of ingredients which include cider, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus fruit, sugar and cloves, there are many variations which may include the addition of your favorite alcoholic beverage.
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 3 hours, 00 minute
    Ingredients:

    1 Gallon apple cider
    2 C. cranberry juice
    1/2 C honey
    1/2 C sugar
    2 oranges
    Whole cloves
    1 apple, peeled and diced
    Allspice
    Ginger
    Nutmeg
    3 cinnamon sticks (or 3 Tbs. ground cinnamon)
    1/2 C – 1 C brandy (optional)

    Preparation:

    Set your crockpot to its lower setting, and pour apple cider, cranberry juice, honey and sugar in, mixing carefully. As it heats up, stir so that the honey and sugar dissolve. Stud the oranges with the cloves, and place in the pot (they’ll float). Add the diced apple. Add allspice, ginger and nutmeg to taste — usually a couple of tablespoons of each is plenty. Finally, snap the cinnamon sticks in half and add those as well.

    Cover your pot and allow to simmer 2 – 4 hours on low heat. About half an hour prior to serving, add the brandy if you choose to use it.
  2. Angel Delight
    Creamy, pink and absolutely delightful, the Angel’s Delight is a semi-classic cocktail ideal for dessert.

    Ingredients:

    1 oz cream
    3/4 oz triple sec
    3/4 oz gin
    2-3 dashes grenadine

    Preparation:

    Pour the ingredients into a shaker with ice cubes.
    Shake well.
    Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  3. Egg Nog
    The origins and even the ingredients used to make the original eggnog drink are debated. Eggnog, or a very similar drink, may have originated in East Anglia, England, though it may also have been developed from posset (a medieval European beverage made with hot milk). The “nog” part of its name may stem from the word “noggin”, a Middle English term used to describe a small, wooden, carved mug used to serve alcohol. Another name for this British drink was Egg Flip. Yet another story is that the term derived from the name “egg-and-grog”, a common Colonial term used to describe rum. Eventually the term was shortened to “egg’n'grog”, then “eggnog”. Whatever story you believe, eggnog is a classic holiday drink that everyone can enjoy.

    Ingredients

    4 cups milk
    5 whole cloves
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    12 egg yolks
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    2 1/2 cups light rum
    4 cups light cream
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    Directions

    Combine milk, cloves, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan, and heat over lowest setting for 5 minutes. Slowly bring milk mixture to a boil.
    In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. Whisk together until fluffy. Whisk hot milk mixture slowly into the eggs. Pour mixture into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 3 minutes, or until thick. Do not allow mixture to boil. Strain to remove cloves, and let cool for about an hour.
    Stir in rum, cream, 2 teaspoon vanilla, and nutmeg. Refrigerate overnight before serving.
  4. Christmas Jones
    This sweet highball drink begins with a blend of strawberries, pineapple and vodka and is topped with lemon-lime soda for a refreshing holiday cocktail. It’s topped with a mint garnish that adds a little cheer to the final presentation and is a great all-around holiday drink for two.

    Ingredients

    4 fresh strawberries
    1 part vodka
    2 tsp superfine sugar
    5 oz pineapple juice
    7-Up
    mint sprigs for garnish

    Preparation:

    In a blender, whiz the vodka, strawberries, sugar and pineapple juice together.
    Pour the mix equally into two highball glasses.
    Top with 7-Up.
    Garnish with a sprig of mint.
  5. Mulled Wine/Glogg
    Mulled wine (or Glogg as it’s called in Sweden), is wine, usually red, combined with spices and typically served warm. Nowadays, it is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas and Halloween.

    Ingredients

    2 (750 milliliter) bottles red wine
    2 ounces dried orange zest
    2 ounces cinnamon sticks
    20 whole cardamom seeds
    25 whole cloves
    1 pound blanched almonds
    1 pound raisins
    1 pound sugar cubes
    5 fluid ounces brandy

    Directions

    Pour wine into a large pot. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Wrap orange zest, cinnamon sticks, cardamom and cloves in cheesecloth, tie with kitchen string and put into pot. Let boil for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in almonds and raisins and continue to boil for 15 more minutes. Remove from heat.
    Place a wire grill over the pot and cover with sugar cubes. Slowly pour on brandy, making sure to completely saturate the sugar. Light sugar with a match and let it flame. When sugar has melted, cover pot with lid to extinguish flame.
    Stir and remove spice bag. Serve hot in cups with a few almonds and raisins.
  6. Candy Cane
    Candy Cane is a delectable dessert drink made with peppermint, chocolate and berry flavors. Just the name alone will get you in the holiday spirit!

    Ingredients:

    3/4 oz SKYY Berry vodka
    3/4 oz Peppermint Schnapps
    3/4 oz white Crème de Cacao
    1/4 oz grenadine
    half and half
    Soda water

    Preparation:

    Pour the vodka, Peppermint Schnapps, white Creme de Cacao and grenadine into a cocktail shaker with ice.
    Shake well.
    Pour into a cocktail glass rimmed with crushed peppermint candy.
    Fill with half and half.
    Top with a splash of soda water

    Rim the glass with crushed candy canes or other peppermint candy, using the Schnapps or Crème de Cacao to wet the rim.
  7. Caroling Wine
    After a frosty night of caroling, this makes a marvelous hot drink for those who need a bit of help warming up.

    Ingredients

    1 cup water
    1 cup brown sugar
    2 cups pineapple juice
    1 cup orange juice
    6 whole cloves
    3 whole allspice berries
    2 cinnamon stick
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    4 cups red wine
    2 oranges
    8 cinnamon sticks, garnish

    Directions

    In a large non-aluminum saucepan, combine water, brown sugar, pineapple juice, and orange juice. Season with cloves, allspice, 2 cinnamon sticks and salt. Cut the rind of 2 oranges into strips and stir into the mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.
    Pour in the wine. Heat to just boiling and remove from heat. Serve hot with a cinnamon stick for garnish.
  8. Grinch
    This green cocktail has none of the nasty elements of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday character. On the contrary, it’s reminiscent of the changed Grinch with the sweetest flavors; melon-flavored Midori and lemon juice. It’s all sweetened even further with a little simple syrup. Add a maraschino cherry for the garnish for color and to represent the changed heart of the green man.
    Prep Time: 2 minutes
    Total Time: 2 minutes
    Yield: 1 Drink
    Ingredients:

    2 oz Midori
    1/2 oz lemon juice
    1 tsp simple syrup
    maraschino cherry for garnish

    Preparation:

    Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
    Shake well.
    Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  9. Hot Buttered Rum
    This recipe from Emeril Lagasse for the traditional winter beverage, is a wonderful addition to any holiday party or yuletide gathering (just not for the kiddies!).

    Ingredients

    1 stick unsalted butter, softened
    2 cups light brown sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
    Pinch ground cloves
    Pinch salt
    Bottle dark rum
    Boiling water

    Directions

    In a bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Refrigerate until almost firm. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture into 12 small mugs. Pour about 3 ounces of rum into each mug (filling about halfway). Top with boiling water (to fill the remaining half), stir well, and serve immediately.
  10. La Vie En Rouge
    This beautiful crimson cocktail not only brings out the color of the season, but a few of the favorite flavors. It is a delectable mix of Grand Marnier orange liqueur, cranberry and rosemary and makes a stunning drink pairing for almost any holiday meal.
    Prep Time: 3 minutes
    Total Time: 3 minutes
    Ingredients:

    1 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
    1 1/2 oz. fresh pressed cranberry juice (can substitute with bottled cranberry juice)
    1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
    1/2 oz. simple syrup
    Fresh rosemary needles

    Preparation:

    In a tall mixing glass, muddle 10-12 rosemary needles lightly with simple syrup.
    Add remaining ingredients then add ice and shake vigorously.
    Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass with ice.
    Garnish with a rosemary sprig.
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