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The Holiday Spirits

1 Dec

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is going to parties and getting to try new wintery cocktails. These are some of my absolute favorites. Eat, drink, and be merry!

Candy Cane Martini

  • 3 oz. vanilla vodka
  • 3 oz. clear creme de cacao
  • 2 oz. peppermint schnapps

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into 2 martnini glasses. Garnish with a mini candy cane or peppermint candy.

The Grinch

  • 2 oz. Midori
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. simple syrup

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a Marischino cherry.

Classic Eggnog

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 quart milk
  • 1/3 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Beat eggs; mix in condensed milk, vanilla, quart of milk and salt. Beat the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Fold in to egg and milk mixture and sprinkle with nutmeg. Serve chilled.

    *Add 1 1/2 cups dark rum before serving to make it even more “festive”

    Hot Apple Pie Cocktail

    • 1 gallon apple juice
    • 1 gallon apple cider
    • 4 cups sugar
    • 6-8 cinnamon sticks
    • 1 quart Everclear (or 180 proof vodka)

    Mix juice, cider, sugar, and cinnamon sticks in large pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 45 minutes. Once completely cooled. add everclear. Can be reheated to serve warm.

    *Watch out, this one is so tasty you might forget to drink in moderation! This works great in a Crock pot.

    What are your favorite winter drinks?

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