Christmas drinks to get you in the holiday spirit

Christmas shouldn’t just be celebrated on one day. The spirit of the holidays can be enjoyed for the entire month preceding Dec. 25. This way you have tons of time to enjoy all the festive drinks that are concocted during this season. Here are a few classics and new creations to bring out the merriment in all your holiday guests:

Classic eggnog
For any traditional recipe it’s best to turn to the queen of home cooking: Martha Stewart. This classic recipe begins with mixing six egg yolks in a bowl until they thicken and become pale. Then, at a slow pace, stir in 3/4 cup of fine sugar. Continuing mixing and add 2 cups of whole milk and 3 cups of heavy cream. Then add a mix of bourbon, rum and Cognac. Martha’s recipe uses 1/2 cup of bourbon and 1/4 cup of the other spirits. Place the mixture inside the fridge for 24 hours so the flavors can meld. Health note: The eggs in this recipe are raw, so don’t serve the eggnog to pregnant women, the elderly and anyone under the weather.

When you are ready to serve your guests, stir in whipped cream to lighten the mixture. Then add a dusting of nutmeg and cinnamon. To add some festive appeal to your eggnog drinks, serve them in custom stadium cups. Write “Merry Christmas” on each and give your guests a tasty beverage and a keepsake to take home.

Christmas punch
Bring out the punch bowl for this next drink recipe. Mix 2 cups of pomegranate juice, 1 cup of cranberry juice and 8 ounces each of vodka and Cointreau. Mix in 1 cup of club soda, 1/2 cup of lemon juice and 1/2 cup of simple syrup. Make sure everything is well incorporated, then it’s ready to offer to guests.

Customize martini glasses and coasters with either the name of guests or a festive message. Place fresh cranberries in each container and serve with a smile.

Mulled wine
To make warm mulled wine, combine your favorite dry red varietal and mix with sugar, cinnamon and other seasonal spices. Serve in a mug wrapped in a personalized ribbon that says “Be Merry.”

Holiday hot chocolate
Transform your hot cocoa to incorporate the holiday spirit. For kids, add a bit of red food coloring so it takes on a bold hue. Serve in a glass mug so you can see the festive color. Top with whipped cream and shavings of peppermint candy. For the grown ups, simply add a bit of brandy to each glass. Top each mug with a custom stir stick with the name of this Christmas drink.

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