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Thursday, December 22, 2005

World's Best Egg Nog


Christmas is my favorite time of the year. It's a time when nostalgic feelings and memories come alive. Memories of childhood days, having family close and just being there for each other. It's also a time to enjoy those simple pleasures that come around only at this time of the year. One of those pleasures is drinking egg nog. Drinking egg nog is a tradition that forms a basic part of the Christmas festivities. A few days ago I came upon a wonderful recipe that I'm sure you will enjoy. Thanks to Molly at Orangette for providing her great-grandfather's recipe and for the great photograph.

6 Large Eggs
1 cup Granulated Sugar
2 ½ quarts (5 pints) Half-and-Half
1 750ml Bottle of Brandy
1 cup Dark Rum
½ cup Bourbon
½ cup Dry Sherry
½ tsp Nutmeg

In a very large mixing bowl, beat the eggs to break up the yolks. Add the sugar, and beat on medium speed until the mixture is foamy and lightens a bit in color. Add the half-and-half, whisking to combine. Add the brandy, rum, bourbon, and dry sherry, whisking to mix thoroughly. Add the nutmeg, whisk to distribute it evenly, and chill until serving.


Sunday, December 18, 2005

The Jamaican Ten Speed

Jamaican Ten Speed

I was thumbing thru the pages of New Classic Cocktails and came across this gem of a recipe. I know it's the holiday season, and it's cold outside, and a warm inviting drink would be better suited, but this drink is just too good to wait for the warm weather to get here.

1 oz. Vodka
¾ oz. Midori Melon Liqueur
¼ oz. Creme de Banana
¼ oz. Malibu Coconut Rum
½ oz. Half & Half

Fill a shaker half full of ice. Add all of the above ingredients and shake until creamy and well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


Saturday, December 10, 2005

The Godiva Truffletini

Godiva Truffletini

You might as well give in now. This cocktail is simply irresistible. Two different Godiva liqueurs infused with vanilla vodka create a chocoholic's fantasy come true.

1 oz. Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
2 oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
1 oz. Vanilla Vodka

Place ice in a cocktail shaker. Add the liqueurs and vodka. Shake vigorously until well blended. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with chocolate shavings. Enjoy!