ReThink Your Drink

‘Tis the season for entertaining and being entertained!  As a new  year rapidly approaches, another year comes to an end.   We’re socializing more than ever so in keeping with the spirit of this holiday season  I’ve assembled a collection of  adult beverage recipes that feature: Eclectic Cocktails, Creamy Concoctions  and Lovely Libations.   Please note to  ensure full delectable delectation  add dashes  of flair where ever possible  and remember to pour generously.

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Let’s get this party started!

Champagne is the international party starter. Add fresh red fruit (pomegranate , cranberries, raspberries)  to the flutes  prior to pouring and you’ll  ‘bounce up the bubbly!’

 

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Creamy Concoction

 

You’ve been hearing a lot about the Latin-inspired USA made beverage RumChata so I’ve included this Latte recipe that I promise will warm-up both body and soul.  In a mug add equal parts of RumChata and warmed milk.  Foam together with a frothing wand or if you have one, an espresso machine. Colorful sprinkles or dark chocolate shavings for toppers provide additional Holiday cheer.   TIP: For additional pick-me-up add espresso shots.

Run, run, run!

Gingerbread Martini anyone?  1 oz Vodka 1/2 oz. Kahlua 1/2 oz. Irish Cream 1/2 oz. gingerbread syrup 1 oz. milk  TIP: use almond milk for a nuttier flavor!  Mix all ingredient in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a Martini glass rimmed with graham cracker crumbs. Top with whipped cream.

 

 

Here’s my family recipe for Spanish eggnog “Coquito”.  At medium speed in a blender combine: 1 can evaporated milk,1 can coco lopez,1 can condensed milk,8 egg yolksCoquito2,1/2tsp cinnamon,2 tsp pure vanilla extract,a dash of salt,white rum* or vodka* (*as much as you want) mix until frothy! Keep refrigerated until ready to serve in well-chilled Margarita glasses add a stick of cinnamon as festive garnish.or sprinkle more cinnamon or use cocoa powder.  TIP: Cold is key so chill all ingredients before blending and remember to store vodka in the freezer (Vodka’s consistency and flavor are best a zero degrees or colder!)

Humor your guests and serve ‘layered shooters’ in   ‘Libbey Pisa glass‘.  These mini-glasses lean, giving a unique,mind-bending illusion.   TIP: Gold schlager cinnamon schnapps, sour green apple schnapps & grenadine are colorful, easy to layer, and when combined taste amazing!

Finally, the all-American classic Bourbon!  Served at room temperature or ‘on-the-rocks’ in a wide-mouthed Old Fashioned glass you decide if it’s a single or double-shot kind of Christmas.  TIP: For added enjoyment wear a Santa Hat while sipping and swirling this warming brown elixir.

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Decisions, decisions!

Can’t decide on a favorite or just want it all?  Hot- and-cold-drink-friendly   Espresso glasses  paired with tasting paddles (for easy carrying) are the answer! Mix batches of drinks, arrange a table with garnishes it’s  a “DIY Holiday Cocktail Buffet.”

 

Let me know which of these recipes has been your favorite, feedback is always appreciated- I may quote you in my next entry!

Cheers and Happy Holidays,

Blog_Joyce

 

 

Sources:

http://rumchata.com/

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