The holidays have come and gone, but the parties aren't over yet! If you're still feeling the holiday spirit, or should we say, spirits, then you'll enjoy some of our favorite holiday drink recipes. Be warned, they are adult beverages and not to be shared with any Tiny Tims.
While the traditional mimosa is served with orange juice and champagne, an easy switch to cranberry juice makes the drink not only festive but also still fruity enough to be enjoyed over an early holiday brunch. Not only does this cocktail from The Blonde Cook look festive but it’s also the easiest one to make; a delicious classic. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and a few fresh cranberries to create a drink that’s just as beautiful to look at, as it is delicious to drink.
· Cranberry juice
· Orange liqueur
· Fresh cranberries
· Rosemary sprigs
· Fill a champagne flute or glass of your choice with 1/3 cranberry juice and 2/3 champagne
· Add a splash of orange liqueur *optional
· Top with cranberries and rosemary
Many people enjoy eggnog on its own and although it may be easier to just mix some store bought ‘nog with a splash of whiskey, this recipe from Belly Rumbles for homemade eggnog and brandy is quick, easy and sure to wow your guests with the creamy flavor and hint of nutmeg. Don't let the name fool you, this is an eggnog recipe that can be enjoyed throughout the holidays, not just on Christmas.
· 8 egg yolks
· 125 grams caster sugar
· 2 cups milk
· Ice cubes
· 2 cups cream
· 1/3 cup 80ml brandy
· Grated or ground nutmeg to taste
· Whisk together egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until thick
· In a saucepan, warm the milk on low heat. Slowly pour in egg and sugar mixture, stirring for approximately 5 minutes. Be careful not to let it simmer and to keep the heat low so the eggs do not scramble.
· Once thickened, pour the mixture through a mesh strainer and start letting it cool down
· Mix in cream and brandy
· Serve warm or chilled over ice and add nutmeg to flavor.
HOLLY JOLLY PUNCH
For a large gathering or party, it’s easiest to throw together a good punch and this recipe for Holly Jolly Punch from The Cocktail Project is sure to impress. With a mixture of seasonal fruits and spices it basically tastes like Christmas in a cup. This recipe is so tasty, it can be enjoyed year-round.
· 1 part orange liqueur
· 2 parts vodka
· 3 parts cranberry juice
· 6 parts Ginger Ale
· 2 parts orange juice
· Cinnamon allspice
· Pour all liquids into a giant punch bowl and mix together
· Add cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
· Drink up!