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Recipes: Cocktails to Spice Up Your Christmas


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Kick your holiday entertaining up a notch with these festive cocktails!

eggnogHoliday Egg Nog

Ingredients: 

4 cups milk
5 cloves, whole
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
12 egg yolks
1 ½ cups sugar
2 ½ cups rum
4 cups light cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ tsp ground nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Combine milk, cloves, ½ teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan, and heat over lowest setting for 5 minutes. Slowly bring milk mixture to a boil.
  1. In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. Whisk together until fluffy. Whisk hot milk mixture slowly into the eggs. Pour mixture into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 3 minutes, or until thick. Do not allow mixture to boil. Strain to remove cloves, and let cool for about an hour.
  1. Stir in rum, cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and nutmeg. Refrigerate overnight before serving.

peppermint bevHeidi

Ingredients:

4 cups milk
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (reserve 1 oz. for garnish)
8 peppermint candy canes (4 crushed, 4 whole)
1 cup whipped cream, fresh
4 oz peppermint Schnapps (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, heat milk until hot. Do not boil.
  1. Whisk in crushed peppermint until melted, then add 3 oz. of chopped chocolate. Continue to whisk until chocolate is melted and cocoa is smooth.
  1. Remove from heat and add peppermint Schnapps, if desired.
  1. Pour into serving cups and place a generous dollop of whipped cream. Garnish with remaining chocolate and serve with a candy cane.

Hot Buttered Rum PunchHot Buttered Rum

Ingredients:

4 cups pineapple juice
4 cups water
2 cans jellied cranberry sauce (16-ounce cans)
1 cup dark rum, or to taste
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp ground allspice
10 cinnamon sticks
5 teaspoons butter, or to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine pineapple juice, water, cranberry sauce, rum, brown sugar, cloves, salt, nutmeg, and allspice in a slow cooker, breaking the cranberry sauce apart with a fork.
  1. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours.
  1. Ladle punch into mugs and add 1 cinnamon stick and about 1/2-teaspoon butter to each mug.

Pomegranate-Champagne Punchpom punch

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups pomegranate juice
1 cup pear nectar
¼ cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
1 bottle champagne or sparkling cider (750 ml)

Directions: 

In a large pitcher, combine pomegranate juice, pear nectar and orange-flavored liqueur. Slowly add champagne. Serve over ice.

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