It's winter. It's cold and dark. The holidays are upon us, but perhaps the spirit is missing? Well, here are some holiday "spirits" to lift your mood, warm your toes, and maybe even put a smile on that bah humbug face of yours.
Eggnog. A classic Christmas drink made from eggs, milk, cream, nutmeg, and vanilla, bourbon, and brandy. Rum can also be used or left out for those underage drinkers in the home. There are hundreds of variations, including flavored eggnogs, eggless eggnogs, and even vegan eggnogs. Some thick, some thinner, but all served chilled. Leftover eggnog makes great french toast, sweet breads, pancakes and bread pudding, Even lattes!
Here we go a wassailing...... a-who?Wassail, amulled wine, cider or ale used for celebrations, has many variations. Alton Brown adds madeira and ale to his recipe while others use rum, and some use a base of apple cider and no alcohol at all. Nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon are most commonly used to spice up the base and all are served hot.
Gluehwein is a German/Austrian winter-holiday drink that most tourists know as an after-ski drink.This is truly your mulled red wine and will warm you up quick, but goes right to your head. Be sure your boots stay off after this one!
Of course there is the traditional peppermint hot chocolate, or Baileys, Godiva, Butterscotch, chambord, or whatever else one chooses to flavor their hot chocolate. Don't forget the whipped cream!
Same goes for coffee....Irish, Mexican, Italian, Keoke, or a little Cafe Amore with amaretto and cognac can be the perfect dessert drink on a cold night.
Hot Toddies are made from tea, lemon, honey with a little brandy or rum. Hot Buttered Rum is another rum drink with spiced butter on top to help smooth the edges.
Here are some recipes to get you going, but a web search will bring up many more variations. Do you have a custom, tradition, or just a favorite hot drink to warm the winter chill? If so, please share and have a safe, warm holiday with a little extra glow.