How to Make Two Delicious Holiday Drinks
The winter holidays are an excellent time to relax with a festive beverage. Whether you’re simply splashing some cranberry juice into soda water or making mock-tails with local shrubs (a syrup and fruit vinegar mixture that goes great with holiday flavors), here are a couple of holiday drinks to have in your repertoire.
This delicious drink is the taste of the season for many. Homemade eggnog takes nothing more than a standing mixer, a handheld eggbeater, or a few stout arms.
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
- 1 pint whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 ounces bourbon
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 4 egg whites*
- With mild dish soap, wash four whole eggs in cold water. Open and separate yolks from whites, discarding shells.
- In a standing mixer bowl, whip the egg yolks until lightened in color.
- Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved.
- In a thin stream, add the milk, cream, bourbon and nutmeg and stir to combine.
- Transfer mixture to another medium bowl.
- Clean and wipe out mixing bowl.
- Place the egg whites in the bowl and beat to soft peaks.
- With the mixer running sprinkle in the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
- Whisk the egg whites into the cream mixture.
- Chill for one half hour and serve.
*Full Circle suggests caution in consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs due to the slight risk of salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, organic, properly refrigerated, clean grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell.
Somehow this drink born of cold nights on the rough seas has become a staple of winter cheer. Quick and easy to prepare, have some buttery mixture on hand for those chilly winter evenings.
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups light brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
- Pinch ground cloves
- Pinch salt
- 3 oz dark rum
- Boiling water
- In a bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
- Refrigerate until almost firm.
- Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture into a small mug.
- Pour about 3 ounces of rum into mug.
- Top with boiling water, stir well, and serve immediately.
If you’re looking for tasty non-alcoholic alternatives for your guests, check out various lines of drinking balsamic or shrubs. Full Circle carries a couple of varieties, one made by local Seattle producer Sweet Caroline, San Francisco producer Happy Girl Kitchens for our Bay Area members, as well as an imported Italian drinking balsamic. All can be found in our Holiday Drinks category.
Sure to bring cheer to your table for old and young alike!