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Are there any special drinks/beverages you make for the holidays?

Here are a few ideas.

This past year one of the recipes that I got the most feedback on was the non-alcoholic mead recipe. So I figured I would post it again along with a recipe on eggnog that I found in cyberspace. Hope that you enjoy.

Soft (non-alcoholic) Mead
4 cups spring water
1 cup honey
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 lemon, sliced
1 orange, sliced
Bring the water, honey, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon to a boil in a non-metallic pan.
Stir until honey is dissolved; heaviness should disappear from bottom of the pan.
Use wooden spoon to skim off skin that forms at top of brew.
Add lemon and orange slices, squeezing as they are placed in the pan.
Cool completely; strain.
Store in bottle in refrigerator. courtesy of clannada.org

Indulgent Eggnog Recipe
6 eggs
2 + ½ cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups whole milk
1 cup caster sugar
½ cup brandy
½ cup dark rum
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon nutmeg, ground or grated (fresh is best)
Begin with pre-chilled ingredients for the greatest end result.
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs together hard until they're very frothy.
Add sugar and continue beating.
Sprinkle in nutmeg and vanilla.
Continue beating.
A little at a time, add in the whipping cream, continuing to beat.
Again, only a little at a time, beat in the milk.
Finally, beat in the rum and brandy.
Give your arms a break from all that beating by putting the eggnog in the fridge to chill for 1 – 2 hours.
Serve cold.

 
_Tam_

Asked by _Tam_ at 6:28 PM on Dec. 20, 2010 in Food & Drink

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Answers (10)
  • Mmmm....Tam that sounds awesome! horsesteelers, Mead is pre-beer-era "beer"...but it's usually made with honey. It's REALLY good, and the non-alcoholic kind (such as Tam posted here) can be MUCH better than the alcoholic kind (which ISN'T true for regular beer) =)
    mainemusicmaker

    Answer by mainemusicmaker at 1:07 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • Ooooh... YUM!

    I make a yummy Hot Buttered Rum. But I think I am going to try that mead this year.
    SleepingBeautee

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 6:29 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • that does sound good! I usually stick to the basics of cider and egg nog but I want to try this out!
    beyondhopes

    Answer by beyondhopes at 6:37 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • I just do a very simple hot cider in the crockpot for the time while we are opening gifts. But your recipes sound yummy.
    ChezBelle

    Answer by ChezBelle at 6:43 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • Thanks for sharing that - we will have to try them this year!
    MomIWant

    Answer by MomIWant at 7:04 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • hot apple cider
    Ashlynnsmommy07

    Answer by Ashlynnsmommy07 at 10:29 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • We just drink more hot cocoa than usual -- nothing too special though.
    Pnukey

    Answer by Pnukey at 11:07 PM on Dec. 20, 2010

  • We usually make a punch. Ginger Ale and white grape juice
    sstepph

    Answer by sstepph at 9:12 AM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • What is mead?
    What does the drink taste like?
    I don't make any drinks. We have bought eggnog. I should make it. It would probably be cheaper.
    horsesteelers

    Answer by horsesteelers at 12:32 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • yah..a punch that has juice & soda in it..my sis-in-law makes it every year for the holiday's
    girliemom0406

    Answer by girliemom0406 at 12:34 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

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