12 Drinks of Christmas


12 Drinks of Christmas #10: Eggnog Martini

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You have to admit, there’s nothing like homemade eggnog. If you haven’t tried it before, a word of warning: You will never want to drink the store-bought stuff again. But, if laziness trumps taste (which, ashamedly, it sometimes does), there’s nothing wrong with trying this cocktail with eggnog from the grocery store, preferably Southern Comfort’s Vanilla Spice flavor. But take it from me, there is no better way to wow your guests than by serving them something made right in the confines of your own kitchen. Especially when you add alcohol.

Eggnog martini

Courtesy of Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food

Serves 4

1/2 cup sugar

1/8 cup cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice, plus more for garnish

4 cups whole milk

3 large egg yolks

1 1/2 cups brandy

1. Set a large fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl. Place bottom of bowl in an ice bath; set aside. Off heat, in a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, nutmeg, and pumpkin-pie spice. Gradually whisk in 4 cups milk, taking care to incorporate the cornstarch. Whisk in egg yolks.

2. Whisking constantly, cook over medium heat until the first large bubble sputters, 10 to 12 minutes. Reduce heat to low; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute more. Remove from heat; immediately pour through sieve into bowl. Stir in remaining 4 cups milk. Let cool completely in bowl still set in ice bath.

3. Just before serving, stir in brandy, and ladle into glasses; garnish with pumpkin-pie spice.

12 Drinks of Christmas #9: Melon Ball

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♫On the ninth day of Christmas, Kitchenese is giving you…

This cocktail is beautiful in color and has a small surprise at the end: a brandy-soaked cherry. Maraschinos work just fine in this recipe, but the key is to brandy a jar of Bing cherries when they’re in season so that you can snack on them all winter long.

Melon Ball

Courtesy of Crate & Barrel’s Holiday Catalogue

Serves 1

1 1/2 oz. watermelon cordial

Pour into a cordial glass and top with a brandy-soaked cherry.

12 Drinks of Christmas #8: Candy Brandy

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♫On the eighth day of Christmas, Kitchenese is giving you…

For the brandy connoisseur: There’s nothing quite like the fragrant aroma and taste of warmed brandy or cognac. Warming the spirit over a gentle flame helps to unlock it’s flavors, while adding a splash of simple syrup takes off the edge with a bit of sweetness. The garnish is perfect here; the citrus and earthy cloves are a wonderful match.

Candy Brandy

Courtesy of Crate & Barrel’s Holiday Catalogue

Serves 1

2 oz. brandy

1 orange slice, spiked with about 10 cloves

Pour the brandy into a warmed snifter. Add a dash of simple syrup and the orange rind spiked with cloves.

12 Drinks of Christmas #7: Mint Kiss

♫On the seventh day of Christmas, Kitchenese is giving you…

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The perfect after-dinner cordial. Not only does it look beautiful (the creme de menthe floats on top of the creme de cacao), but the combination of chocolate and mint go heavenly together. It’s like those little after-dinner mints that they never leave you enough of.

Mint Kiss

Courtesy of Crate & Barrel’s Holiday Catalogue 

Makes 1 shot

3/4 oz. white creme de cacao

1/2 oz. green creme de menthe

Pour in the creme de cacao and slowly top with the creme de menthe to create two layers. Serve in a glass (or shot) rimmed with watermelon sugar.

12 Drinks of Christmas #6: White Russian

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♫On the sixth day of Christmas, Kitchenese is giving you…

This is super classic, super simple. Vodka, coffee liqueur, cream. You could drink coffee and spike it, or you could drink vodka. You decide.

White Russian 

Serves 1

1 1/2 oz. vodka

3/4 oz. Kahlua

3/4 oz. cream

Pour the vodka and Kahlua into a glass filled with ice. Stir and gently top with cream.

12 Drinks of Christmas #5: Rosemary Fizz

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Rosemary Fizz

Serves 1

3 oz. champagne

1/2 oz. St. Germaine

1/2 oz. rosemary simple syrup

1 sprig rosemary

Add St. Germaine and simple syrup into a glass and stir. Top with champagne and garnish with rosemary.

12 Drinks of Christmas #4: Candy Cane Cocktail

♫On the fourth day of Christmas, Kitchenese is giving you…

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Ahh, my childhood. Pulling the candy canes off of the tree in secrecy, trying my best not to knock the ornaments onto the floor. Wait, was this today?

I love candy canes and I love this cocktail. Sweet, minty, and a little candy to make you feel like a kid again. Unless you never really grew up. In that case, indulge.

Candy cane cocktail

Courtesy of The Martha Stewart Show

2 ounces strawberry vodka

4 dashes white creme de menthe

2 1/2 ounces cranberry juice

1 candy cane, crushed, for garnish

Place crushed candy canes on a small plate or saucer. Wet the outside rim of a chilled martini glass with water. Holding the glass by the stem, rotate the rim to coat with candy.

In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, creme de menthe, cranberry juice, and ice; shake until well combined. Strain into the chilled glass and serve immediately.

12 Drinks of Christmas #3: Bourbon Punch

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Bourbon Punch

Courtesy of Leite’s Culinaria

Makes 1 quart

2 cups whole milk

1/2 cup Kentucky bourbon

1/8 cup vanilla extract

1/8 cup simple syrup

1 cup vanilla ice cream

A pinch of ground nutmeg or cinnamon

Combine the milk, bourbon, vanilla, simple syrup, and ice cream in a blender for about 8 seconds. Pour into mugs or glasses of some sort. Sprinkle with the nutmeg or cinnamon, to garnish.

12 Drinks of Christmas #2: Winter Sangria

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♫On the second day of Christmas, Kitchenese is giving you…

Winter White Sangria

And a Christmas Cosmopolitan.

Sangria is no longer just for summertime sipping. Wine lovers, why wait for warm weather to embellish your booze? This drink works just as nice by the fireplace. Pick up some of your favorite fruit–you can use just about anything–and toss them into a wine glass. Add a nice chilled white wine, and you’re good to go. No overnight-soaking required!

Winter White Sangria

Serves 1

4 oz. chilled white wine (sweet or dry; I like Chardonnay…let the fruit add the sugar!)

Add sliced pears, apples, grapes, peaches, and strawberries and pour into a chilled glass.

12 Drinks of Christmas #1: Christmas Cosmo

A Christmas Cosmpolitan

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♫On the first day of Christmas, Kitchenese is giving you…

A slick twist on a classic cocktail, this Cosmo eliminates the tangy lime juice and the sugary taste of triple sec and replaces it with a splash of zesty, freshly-squeezed orange juice. It also has a bit more cranberry juice than usual, and is garnished with real cranberries and a lemon peel. Wintertime, welcome.

Christmas Cosmo

Courtesy of Crate & Barrel’s Holiday Catalogue

Serves 1

1 1/2 oz. vodka

3 oz. cranberry juice

1 splash simple syrup

1 splash orange juice

Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon peel and a  cranberry.

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10 ADULT Hot Chocolate Fall Drink Recipes


Adult Hot Chocolate

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This is the simplest and most common way to spike hot chocolate because all you need to do is add a little peppermint schnapps to the cocoa. Not only does it add a little alcoholic warmth, but the added peppermint brings some depth to the flavor, making it just a touch sweeter than well.One garnish I find almost essential for this drink around the holidays are mini candy canes. Just hang one on the side of the glass and allow it to melt in the warmth for an even more minty touch.According to The Bartender’s Black Book you may also hear this drink referred to as a Peppermint Kiss, Cocoanapps, or Snuggler.

Prep Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 6 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Pour the schnapps into a mug or Irish coffee glass.
  2. Fill with hot chocolate.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Optionally, top with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles or shaved chocolate.

Cappuccino Cascades

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Chocolate and coffee are a perfect pairing and this recipe is yet another great example to prove this point. In this instance, hot chocolate and freshly brewed coffee are combined with a fun vodka and amaretto.

Crater Lake Vodka is produced by Bend Distillery in Bend, Oregon and it is available in a number of states as well as online (see their website for more info). Crater Lake’s hazelnut espresso vodka is a gem in the current flavored vodka market and is one that I highly recommend trying, if for nothing else, than the novelty of the flavor.

Prep Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 6 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

Chocolate Kiss Recipe

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The Chocolate Kiss is a wonderful spiked hot chocolate drink that will get you warmed up in no time. It’s a variation of the simple Adult Hot Chocolate that adds a touch of coffee liqueur for a deeper flavor profile.

In keeping with the name, I like to top this one with a healthy mound of whipped cream that is crowned by  placing a Hershey’s Kiss chocolate on top.

For a drink that is a little stronger, replace the coffee liqueur with one of the espresso-infused vodkas like those from Three Olives or Van Gogh.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Pour the liqueurs into a mug or Irish coffee glass.
  2. Fill with hot chocolate.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Optionally, top with whipped cream and a Hershey’s Kiss.

Hennessy Hot Coco Recipe

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Brandy (or Cognac, to be precise) does not often make an appearance in the same glass as hot chocolate and it’s a shame really, because it is a fantastic combination. Of course, you could just pour hot chocolate over a shot of Hennessy and call it done, but there will be a lot left to be desired. It is the spiced syrup and vanilla that can take that drink from average to outstanding and the cream top and spicy-sweet garnish is just an added bonus.

I have linked to a brown sugar spiced syrup recipe below, however, if you do not want to make this easy simple syrup yourself there are some commercially available options. One that is very similar is Monin’s Spiced Brown Sugar Syrup.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 Drink

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Add all liquids, except the heavy cream, to a heat-proof glass.
  2. Layer the desired amount of cream on top.
  3. Garnish with grated nutmeg and dark chocolate.

Hot Peppermint Patty

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You have got to love spiked hot chocolate and this is one of the best recipes out there for it. Both peppermint schnapps and crème de menthe add that minty snap to this intensely chocolate warm drink. There’s also a Peppermint Patty on the rocks that you might also enjoy, it has all the same wonderful flavors without the warmth.

Prep Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 6 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Pour the liqueurs into an Irish coffee glass.
  2. Fill with hot chocolate.
  3. Top with whipped cream.
  4. Garnish with shaved chocolate or chocolate sprinkles.

Midnight Snowstorm

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This recipe for a Midnight Snowstorm is very similar to a Hot Peppermint Patty, using crème de menthe in place of the harsher peppermint schnapps. This substitution leaves the minty, chocolate flavor but does so in a very smooth, creamy way.Use white crème de menthe inside the drink and add green crème de menthe on top of the whipped cream for a little color.

Prep Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 6 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Pour white crème de menthe and hot chocolate into an Irish coffee glass.
  2. Top with whipped cream.
  3. Drizzle the green crème de menthe on top.

Mound Bar

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Chocolate and coconut, it has long been a favorite indulgence and this hot drink mimics one of the most famous candy bars with that mix. The Mound Bar does a fairly good job at complimenting the candy and it is very simple, though if you like the “Mound Bar’s” dark chocolate I highly recommend taking the extra time to make hot chocolate the old fashioned way (see this article for the method) and avoid the powdered hot cocoa mixes, as this will result in a richer chocolate base that the coconut rum will compliment beautifully.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Pour the coconut rum into a mug or Irish coffee glass.
  2. Fill with hot chocolate.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Optionally, top with whipped cream.

Oaxaca Chakas

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The Oaxaca Chakas (Mexican slang for ‘cool’) is tasty spiked hot chocolate drink. It features Oaxacan chocolate, which is known for its spicier qualities and is known for making a divine cup of hot chocolate. The flavors of Mexico are built up in this particular drink via agave nectar and a very fine tequila. The Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Anejo is the top of the brand’s portfolio and has a price to reflect it of around $90/bottle. However, for a truly high-end, made from scratch hot chocolate, this tequila’s butterscotch notes are ideal. Delicious, soothing, spicy, and rich, Oaxaca Chakas is a great warm drink for the chilly days of autumn and winter.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a pot.
  2. Heat up to just before boiling.
  3. Pour into coffee cup and top with whipped cream.
  4. Garnish with cinnamon.

Ski Lift

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The Ski Lift takes you to the tropics while still enjoying a warming drink. As opposed to the mints and dark flavors that are usually paired with hot chocolate, this recipe goes fruity tropical with a blend of peach and coconut. It’s absolutely delicious!

Prep Time: 4 minutes

Total Time: 4 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Pour the schnapps and rum into an Irish coffee glass.
  2. Fill the glass with hot chocolate.
  3. Top with whipped cream.
  4. Sprinkle coconut flakes on top of the cream.

Spiked Three-O Mocha

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Looking for something to enhance the average cup of hot chocolate? This recipe is one that will certainly help you in that mission. It adds triple shot of espresso (via Three Olives Vodka) with a touch of amaretto that creates layers to the average hot cocoa and is perfect for a winter evening warming sipper filled with chocolate.My advice is to skip the powdered hot chocolate mixes and start from scratch. This hot cocoa recipe is a good place to start, and this Oaxaca Chakas recipe has tips for using the spicy Mexican chocolate rounds.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Pour the vodka and amaretto into an Irish coffee glass.
  2. Fill with hot cocoa.
  3. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with shaved chocolate.

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Eggnog Fudge


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Ingredients

Original recipe makes 24 servings Change Servings
  • 1 cooking spray

  • 1 cup eggnog

  • 3 cups white sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/8 cup butter, chilled

  • 1/2 (11 ounce) package white chocolate chips

  • 1 cup chopped almonds

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Line a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. Spray the bottom and sides of a large saucepan with cooking spray. Heat eggnog and sugar over medium heat. Bring to rolling boil, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Fold in marshmallows, cinnamon and nutmeg. Return to a boil for 6 minutes, stirring constantly. As the mixture boils it will become brown. Remove from heat and quickly stir in butter, white chocolate chips and almonds. Stir until well mixed and glossy.
  4. Quickly pour into prepared pan.
  5. Cool at room temperature. Remove from pan, remove foil and cut into squares.

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Mangorita


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Yields two drinks or so.

Ingredients:

4 ounces blanco tequila *
4 ounces fresh lime juice (approximately 2 limes)
4 ounces mango juice
2 ounces fresh orange juice
2 lime wedges
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* When drinking tequila, I actually prefer an añejo or resposado – both of which are aged and more complex in flavor. However, in a margarita, I find that blanco suffices and is often less expensive. You can use whatever you prefer.

Directions:

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, lime juice, mango juice, and orange juice. Shake for 10-15 seconds, until the mixture is nicely chilled.

Fill two glasses with ice, then pour the margarita into each glass.

Add a lime wedge to the rim of each glass and serve immediately.

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Hot fall Drinks Non- Alcoholic


Easy Mexican Hot Chocolate

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Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings
  • 3 tablespoons instant hot chocolate mix

  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 pinch chili powder

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 3/4 cup boiling water

Directions

  1. In a large mug, mix the hot chocolate mix, chocolate syrup, cinnamon, and chili powder. Pour in the milk. Add the boiling water and stir.

Snow Flake Cocoa

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • 2 cups whipping cream

  • 6 cups milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 (12 ounce) package white chocolate chips

  • Garnish:

  • Whipped cream

Directions

  1. Stir together the whipping cream, milk, vanilla, and white chocolate chips in a slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot and chocolate chips are melted. Stir again before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and candy canes, as desired.

Mocha Coffee Mix

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Original recipe makes 64 servings Change Servings
  • 1 1/4 cups instant coffee granules

  • 7 cups dry milk powder

  • 5 3/4 cups powdered chocolate drink mix

  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

  • 1 3/4 cups powdered non-dairy creamer

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together instant coffee, milk powder, chocolate drink mix, confectioners’ sugar and powdered creamer. Store in an airtight container.
  2. To serve, place 4 tablespoons of mixture into a coffee mug. Stir in 1 cup boiling water.

Hot Not Toddy (non-alcoholic)

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A Hot Toddy is great but sometimes you want that warm soothing mix without the liquor and that’s where the Hot Not Toddy comes in. Okay, so this is really an enhanced cup of warm tea, but you get the point.Choose your favorite hot tea and watch it be transform it into a delightful winter mocktail by adding some the non-alcoholic elements of the traditional toddy. This is not only great for the non-drinker but to share with kids and it is a soothing relief of cold symptoms – kind of like chicken soup.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 7 oz hot tea
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Grated cinnamon
  • Ground cloves
  • Grated nutmeg
  • Lemon wedge for garnish

Preparation:

  1. In an Irish coffee glass pour the honey, lemon and spices.
  2. Top with hot, brewed tea.
  3. Stir.
  4. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Spiced Apple Cider

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Hot apple cider in the fall. What could be better? Even though it’s still sunny up North, the nights are getting cold. It was down to 30º the other night! We think it’s just about time for spiced apple cider. We made up a big pot last night, simmered with fragrant cinnamon that made the whole house smell wonderful.

Here’s our basic recipe, spicing up fresh, local apple cider with warm cinnamon and cloves. Do you drink spiced cider in the fall? What do you add?

Spiced Apple Cider
1 gallon

1 gallon fresh apple cider
10 cinnamon sticks
5 anise pods
3 teaspoons whole cloves
1 cup extra dark rum (optional)
Orange slices for garnish

Pour the cider into a large pot and simmer with the spices for 10-15 minutes. If you want, tie the spices up in cheesecloth for easy removal later – or just let people deal with cloves in their drinks. Add the rum at the end. Garnish with a slice of orange.

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