Holiday libations and lamentations
I wrote this column four Christmases ago. I’ve since retired and like many I’ve spent a lot of time at home in 2020. However, even with all that time on my hands, I still find myself in the same situation that prompted me to originally write this column. If you missed it the first time, enjoy! Hope it brings a chuckle. Happy holidays and warm wishes for a better year.
T’was a few days before Christmas and here is the rub, not a task’s been completed, it’s all stuffed in tubs. Not a cookie’s been baked, not a gift has been wrapped and all I can do is yearn for a nap.
I’d love to sit by the fire and admire the tree but there’s too much to do, oh woe is me! I’ll get it all done, I always do, but I’d rather relax, sharing with loved ones a drink, or two. Wouldn’t you?
2 quarts prepared eggnog
1 cup bourbon
1/2 cup white rum
1/2 cup brandy
1 T. vanilla extract
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 quart eggnog-flavored or vanilla ice cream
Directions: In large container combine the eggnog, bourbon, rum, brandy, vanilla and nutmeg. Mix gently. Refrigerate till ready to serve.
When ready to serve, pour the eggnog mixture into a punch bowl. Float small chunks of ice cream in the eggnog. Makes 3 1/2 quarts. (For a smaller portion cut recipe in half.) Refrigerate any leftovers.
(Substitute vodka for the water for an alcoholic version. Add after removing from the heat.)
2 tsps. whole allspice
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 sticks cinnamon
2 tsps. whole cloves
2 cups cranberry juice
2 1/2 cups pineapple juice
1/2 cup water
Directions: Place first four ingredients on a piece of cheesecloth and tie closed. Place the spices in a large saucepan and add the juices and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Remove spices and serve. Serves 6.
2 red apples, cored and chopped
1 (750 ml) bottle white wine (like Riesling)
6 cups apple cider
1 cup caramel-flavored vodka
Several cinnamon sticks, if desired
Directions: Place the chopped apples in the bottom of a large pitcher. Pour in the wine, cider and vodka and stir well to combine. Refrigerate overnight, or till well-chilled. Stir before serving. Serve over ice. Serves 10.