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Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmas Drinks

Egg Nog

4 cups milk (you can used evaporated milk, whole milk or 1%-2% milk)
5 whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
12 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups light rum (none or more or less rum)
4 cups light cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. Whisk together until fluffy. Sugar has an insulating effect, and will help prevent the eggs from coagulating in the heat. Combine milk, cloves, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan, and heat over lowest setting for 5 minutes. Slowly bring milk mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. You must have the liquid of the milk in with the yolks or it will coagulate and produce scrambled eggs. 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 but it should reach 160 degrees to kill any bacteria. Use an instant-read thermometer. When the mixture reaches the correct temperature, immediately place the pan in a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking. Strain to remove cloves, and let cool for about an hour. Stir in rum, cream, 2 teaspoon vanilla, and nutmeg. Refrigerate overnight before serving.
Source: Allrecipes.com


Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

4 cups milk
2-3 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped
4 peppermint candy canes, crushed to powder
1 cup whipped cream
4 small peppermint candy canes

In a saucepan, heat milk until hot, but not boiling. Whisk in the chocolate and the crushed peppermint candies until melted and smooth. Pour hot cocoa into four mugs, and garnish with whipped cream. Serve each with a candy cane stirring stick.
Source: Allrecipes.com




Hot Mulled Cider

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 large orange, quartered with peel
2 quarts apple cider

Place filter in coffee basket, and fill with brown sugar, allspice, cloves, cinnamon stick, salt, nutmeg, and orange wedges. Pour apple cider into coffee pot where the water usually goes. Brew, and serve hot. Note: I wasn't too sure about pouring apple cider in my coffee maker. So I make this in a crockpot and put the spices in a tea strainer or cheesecloth. But keep it covered or it will reduce and become too strong and sweet.
Source: Allrecipes.com


Old Virginia Wassail

2 quarts apple cider
2 cups orange juice
1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice
2 (3 inch) cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1/2 cup honey

In a large stock pot over medium heat, combine the apple cider, orange juice, pineapple juice, cinnamon sticks, cloves and honey. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat, or transfer to a slow cooker to keep warm while serving. Strain out cinnamon sticks and cloves before serving if desired. Note: You can make this in a crockpot but it won't come to a boil. So maybe bring to a boil and then transfer to a crockpot? Keep it covered or it will reduce and get too sweet.
Source: Allrecipes.com


Peppermint Punch

1 quart peppermint ice cream
1 cup cold milk
2 liters ginger ale, chilled

Place ice cream in a punch bowl, and allow to soften slightly. Blend in milk and ginger ale. Stir until frothy. Serve at once, or keep chilled until ready to serve.
Source: Allrecipes.com

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