Last week for our Weekend Cook and Tell we asked all of you to share your most festive holiday cocktail recipes for a challenge we called Holiday Tipples. Let's take a look at some of our favorite eggnog alternatives.
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Gilding the lily is one of my favorite activities, but there was something mildly insane about the thought of putting ice cream in champagne. Were drinkers back in 1888 on to something good?
If our Hot Chocolate/Cocoa Taste Test showed us anything, it's that most mixes are not really worth drinking. But you can't deny the convenience of simply stirring a few tablespoons of powder into a cup of hot water or milk. So I decided to try and come up with a homemade recipe that would match the convenience of a powder, and beat it in terms of price and flavor.
This cocktail is tasty and intriguing, at turns sweet, savory, and spicy, with hints of cloves and cinnamon. It's something like a cold mulled wine, which is perfect for the holidays. As a bonus, it's dead simple to make.
An Old-Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail is a simple mixture of whiskey, sugar, bitters and a citrus peel. It is a sublimely simple and delicious preparation for a wide range of spirits besides just whiskey—rum, tequila, brandy—and a fine apple brandy is no exception. Showcasing the earthy flavor of fermented apples with just a bit of sugar and bitters is a perfect preparation to enjoy classic holiday flavors in a new way.
If you are making sachets of mulling spices for holiday gift-giving, include the cider preparation portion of the instructions with the gift. If you think the lucky recipient of your gift would prefer wine over cider, you might suggest mulling...
I remember making mulled cider in kindergarten (Tang plus ground spices!), but wanted to find a more grown-up method for making mulling spices that was easy, inexpensive, and makes a great holiday gift.