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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

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.


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) =)

    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.

    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!

    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.

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

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

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

  • hot apple cider

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

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

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

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

    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.

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

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

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