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Day 4: TRIM-THE-TREE CIDER PUNCH
1 gallon apple cider 12 whole cloves 2 large apples (such as Granny Smith or Rome Beauty), peeled, left whole 2 cinnamon sticks Ground nutmeg Rum
Pour apple cider into large pot. Insert 6 cloves into each apple. Add apples and cinnamon sticks to pot. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and barely simmer over very low heat 1 hour to allow flavors to blend. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over low heat before continuing.) Ladle hot cider punch into mugs. Sprinkle with nutmeg and serve. Add rum to taste. Source, Bon Appétit, December 1995
Day 5: NOSE-WARMER PUNCH
3 bottles dry red wine 1 1/2 cups brandy 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 cinnamon sticks 8 whole cloves 3 small lemons, zest scored lengthwise if desired with a channel knife and fruit sliced thin crosswise
In a large saucepan bring wine and brandy to a simmer with sugar, cinnamon and cloves, stirring, and cook at a bare simmer 2 minutes. Stir in lemon slices and ladle into heat-proof cups. Serves about 12. Source: Gourmet, December 1994
Day 6: SNOWBALLS Cold
1 pt Vanilla ice cream 1/3 c Creme de cacao 1/3 c Kahlua Combine ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Serve after dinner. I serve this because in south Texas it’s often hot on Christmas Day.
HOT (go figure) (source: Fran)
½ oz. Cinnamon Schnapps ½ oz. Kahlua Hot Coffee
Day 7: THE EQ COACH'S RUM TODDY
1 qt. Vanilla ice cream 3 sticks margarine 1 box brown sugar nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice
Combine above. Then place in each mug 1 heaping T. of mix, add 1 jigger of rum and water to taste.
Day 8: TheIntrovertzCoach's SPECIAL FRIENDS ESPRESSO
½ cup instant espresso 2 T. brown sugar 1 cup Kahlua ½ cup Irish crème liqueur Boiling water Orange zest Sweetened whipped cream
Combine ingredients and store in frig. For each serving, use 3 T. mix to ½ C. boiling water. Top with whipped cream and zest.
Source: Nancy Fenn, TheIntrovertsCoach, http://www.introvertzcoach.com
Day 9: THREE WISE MEN Source: www.bardrinks.com
Combine 1/3 oz. of each of three wise men, Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Johnny Walker.
Day 10: CANDY CANE Source: Pat Mills
Add in order listed, layering in small festiveware: 1/3 oz. Grenadine ½ oz. Green Crème de Menthe 1/3 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
Day 11: SNOW CONE ½ oz. Black Haus 1 1/2oz. Blue Curacao
Mix with ice, shake, strain into shot glass.
Day 12: COAL IN YOUR STOCKING If You’ve been naughty, what do you get?
1 oz. Crème de Cacao 1 Hershey Kiss
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