“Skillfully concocted from an immense variety of colorful spirits and juices, served in unique glassware, and topped with exotic garnishes, a cocktail is meant to be seen as well as consumed.” (www.bardrinks.com) We think ALL Christmas drinks should be festic.
Alcohol has been around a long time, providing both joy and misery. Assuming Smart Choices and Emotionally Intelligent use of spirits, we proceed to list 10 fun drinks for holiday season.
Pay attention to your serving ware, and GARNISH for that festive look. Any drink with whipped cream, you can put sprinkles atop, candied fruit, Christmas “picks” drizzle with crème de menthe for color, shaved color chocolate, a Candy kiss atop …
If it’s hot: ·Stick in a cinnamon stick or candy cane ·Dollop with whipped cream and garnish with sprinkles, candy, confectioner’s sugar ·Add a holiday “pick” – there are tons to choose from ·Stick a sparkler in each mug and light at presentation time
If it’s cold: ·Use decorated ice cubes – freeze cranberries, mint leaves, anything festive and NON-POISONOUS into cubes and add at presentation time. (Remember that holly berries and all parts of mistletoe are poisonous). ·Float sugar-coated cranberries in punch bowl ·Freeze ornaments or fruits or flowers in an ice ring for punch bowl; be creative – anything you can make hygienic-enough
For traditional eggnog – history, recipes and hazards of egg whites, go here: http://www.indepthinfo.com/eggnog/index.shtml
Whatever you serve, serve it with festive flare, and give it a holiday name!
The First Day of Christmas: CHRISTMAS MINT PUNCH 1 1/2 c Water 10 oz Mint jelly 3 c Pineapple juice; chilled 1/2 c Lemon juice 1 1/2 c Vodka 64 oz Lemon-lime carbonated drink; chilled 1 qt Lime sherbet In small saucepan, combine water and mint jelly; cook and stir until jelly melts. Cool. In large punch bowl, combine jelly mix, juices and vodka. Just before serving, add carbonated beverage and lime sherbet.
Day 2: ANBERRY CHRISTMAS
2 well-chilled 750-ml. bottles champagne or sparkling cider 1 cup well-chilled cranberry juice cocktail, or to taste 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur, or to taste, if desired
In a large pitcher stir together well champagne, cranberry juice cocktail and Grand Marnier. Makes about 7 cups, serving 8. Source: ourmet, November 1993
1 oz. cointreau 3 oz. cranberry juice 1 oz. lemon juice, 1 ½ oz. Vodka
Day 3: DAMN THE WEATHER
2 cups Ruby Port 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice 1 cup fresh orange juice 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice Chilled club soda or seltzer water 6 lemon slices for garnish
In a large pitcher stir together well port and juices. Divide drink among 6 glasses filled with ice cubes. Top off drinks with soda and garnish them with lemon slices. Makes 6 drinks. Source: Gourmet, September 1992