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Holiday Libations (Cocktails……Yeah!!)

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Holiday Cheer to All

Holiday Cheer to All

Oh that  After-Christmas-Party- Morning !

I am sure most of us have had a couple of these over the course of our many,many Christmases. They come for one of many reasons:

1. I hate my job…and boss…and co-worker…….and my life.

2. Isn’t she or he cute looking tonight!!! I’ve got to loosen up a bit to snatch this one.

3. Ugh! The family is coming over in two days. Got to numb my anxiety.

4. These nuts are making me thirsty!

5. Nobody likes me!! Waaaaaaa!

So let’s figure out a way to not end up like this and actually stay positive, somewhat sober, and stay safe this year. Let’s have our own

Holiday Libation Cocktail Party

this year at our own place, and make it special with some very special Cocktails.

Real Eggnog

Real Eggnog

One of my favorites.

Traditional Eggnog recipe

This makes a little over two quarts.

6 eggs

    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 3/4 cup brandy
    • 1/3 cup dark rum(or bourbon)
    • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
    • 2 cups of whipping cream
    • 2 cups milk

    Refrigerate all the liquids and get them very cold before you make the drink. Beat the eggs at medium speed until they’re very frothy. Gradually add the sugar, vanilla and nutmeg as you continue beating. Now turn the mixer off and stir in the whipping cream, milk, brandy and rum. Chill it until you’re ready to serve. It’s best to keep it chilled at all times. Garnish each individual serving with the nutmeg sprinkled on top and a cinnamon stick.

    1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups of whipping cream
  • 2 cups milk

Refrigerate all the liquids and get them very cold before you make the drink. Beat the eggs at medium speed until they’re very frothy. Gradually add the sugar, vanilla and nutmeg as you continue beating. Now turn the mixer off and stir in the whipping cream, milk, brandy and rum. Chill it until you’re ready to serve. It’s best to keep it chilled at all times. Garnish each individual serving with the nutmeg sprinkled on top and a cinnamon stick.

Hotty Toddy

Hotty Toddy

My favorite while a student at my SEC University….Go Rebels!

  1. 1 1/2 cups water
  2. 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons honey
  3. 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  4. 2 cups apple brandy, preferably Calvados
  5. Eight 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  6. In small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the honey until dissolved. Stir in the lemon juice and apple brandy. Set a cinnamon stick in each of 8 mugs or heatproof glasses, pour in the hot liquid and serve.
Santa Sleigh Sipper

Santa’s Sleigh Sipper

You have to have three or four of these. It is a very smooth way transition from Holiday madness to Holiday Cheer.

Ingredients

  • White sugar crystals, preferably coarse
  • 2 cups store-bought eggnog, chilled
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup amaretto liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • cinnamon sticks

Directions

Dampen the rims of 4 martini glasses and then line the rims with sugar crystals.

Combine eggnog, brandy, amaretto, nutmeg, and ice cream in a blender; process until smooth. Pour mixture into martini glasses and garnish each glass with a whole cinnamon stick.

For All of You Wine Drinkers

For All of You Wine Drinkers

  1. Seeds from 1 pomegranate
  2. Two 750-milliliter bottles cava or other sparkling dry white wine, chilled
  3. 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  1. Fill 12 flutes with cava. Add 1 teaspoon of the pomegranate juice to each flute, garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve.
Silent Night

Silent Night

And last but not least……The Silent Night….and I mean it!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 shots sweetened coconut milk
  • 2 shots pineapple rum
  • 2 shots coconut rum
  • 2 shots passion fruit rum
  • 1 shot cranberry juice
  • Ice

Directions

Combine all ingredients into a pitcher filled with ice and stir. Serve in martini glasses.

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And if all else fails…..pop open a can of Bud Light to the tune of “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”!

Be Safe and Stay Sober!

If you don’t watch it, you’ll get so liquored up you will throw yourself to the ground and miss!

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