Feature one of the following beverages at your next holiday gathering for a delightfully memorable touch. Large mugs full of delicious Hot Buttered Rum are perfect on a cold winters night.
Hot Buttered Rum
1/2 lb Butter, softened
1/2 lb brown sugar
1 qt softened vanilla ice cream
Cream together the butter and brown sugar.
Slowly add ice cream
Season with nutmeg and cinnamon to taste. Pour into a freezer container and freeze.
To serve, put a medium scoop of the frozen concoction into a large mug.
Pour in a shot glass full of rum.
Fill with boiling water.
Sprinkle cinnamon on top and add a cinnamon stick to stir.
Hot Mulled Cider is another warm and tasty treat to serve when it’s cold outside. This is delicious with or without the whiskey. Having a nonalcoholic version is a good idea for most parties. Label well and let all your guests enjoy your festive cider.
Hot Mulled Cider
2 cinnamon sticks
12 whole cloves
1 teaspoon allspice berries
1 gallon cider
2 cups bourbon whiskey
Fill a small gauze bag, or a piece of cheesecloth with the cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Tightly tie, if using cheesecloth.
Pour the cider into a medium sized stockpot. Place the spice bag in the cider and hear until hot.
Simmer for 30 minutes, so that the spices can permeate the cider.
Add the bourbon before serving, if desired.
Serve piping hot in large mugs.
In New Orleans, Cafe Brulot is flamed with brandy. This sweet, spiced dessert coffee makes the perfect holiday beverage. Offer the brandy version to your guests, or serve sans alcohol. Either way, this classic drink is absolutely special.
6 cups strong coffee
5 Tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 sticks cinnamon
1 teaspoon whole allspice
In a large saucepan , mix all the ingredients.
Cook over very low heat for about 10 minutes.
Strain into coffee cups and serve.
Add a shot glass full of brandy if so desired.
What list of holiday drinks would be complete without Wassail? The word itself was derived from old English words meaning. “be well”.
Wassail is traditionally prepared with dark ale, but you can substitute red wine. Switching to cider, makes a yummy nonalcoholic version that can be served to carolers of all ages.
4 quarts water
20 tea bags
1 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
3 lemon slices
6 cups dark ale or dry red wine
1 quart cranberry juice
Boil the water.
Place tea, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl or pitcher.
Pour boiling water over the tea mixture, steep for 5 minutes
Strain and add ale or wine and fruit juice.
Serve hot from a coffee urn or crock pot
Large mugs can be found for pennies at your local thrift shop if you are short for a party. Mix matched holiday mugs, or other unique mugs make it easier for guests to locate their lost drink.
Use candy sticks as stirrers. Old fashioned candy sticks are just as much fun for adults. Provide a variety of flavors and offer as sweet swizzle sticks.
Pop your glasses in the freezer until frosty. then dip the rims in colored sugar before pouring their drink.