Holiday Cocktail Party Ideas

eggnogby Steven Doyle

Holiday season is in full swing with parties abound. You will want to serve up some fine libations to set the mood and lift the spirits, making your holiday cheery and bright. We asked  Elliot Schaum, wine, beer and spirit expert with Dallas-based Goody Goody Liquor, what his top three drinks that will be a hit with guests. Schaum offers us three classic recipes, and we suggest that the egg nog would make a delicious gift for most everyone on your Christmas list.     

Holiday Classic – Eggnog

Ingredients

6 cups milk, 2 cups heavy cream, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 12 pasteurized egg yolks, 2 cups sugar, praline or bourbon liqueur (can substitute brandy, rum, bourbon or whiskey if desired), freshly ground nutmeg

Preparation

Cook milk, heavy cream, and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes or until steaming (about 150°). Reduce heat to low. Whisk together egg yolks and sugar in a large saucepan until smooth. Cook over low heat, whisking constantly, until mixture reaches at least 160° (about 25 minutes). Whisk milk mixture into egg mixture. Cool 30 minutes; transfer to a pitcher. Cover and chill 3 to 24 hours. Pour desired amount of preferred alcohol into each glass, if desired. Top with eggnog. Sprinkle with freshly ground nutmeg.

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Jingle Juice

Ingredients

5 cups orange juice, 1 cup vodka, 1/3 cup orange liqueur, ¼ cup fresh lemon juice, ½ cup maraschino cherry juice, garnishes: fruit-flavored candy cane sticks, cherries with stems, orange and lemon slices

Preparation

Stir together orange juice and next 4 ingredients; serve over ice. Garnish, if desired. Or, use orange liqueur instead of vodka, and add 2 cups chilled lemon-lime soft drink.

Bloody Mary Punch

Ingredients

1 (46-oz.) container low-sodium vegetable juice, 1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper, 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 1 tablespoon hot sauce, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, ½ teaspoon seasoning, ½ cup vodka, celery sticks

Preparation

Combine vegetable juice and next 5 ingredients and vodka in a punch bowl or pitcher. Serve over ice in glasses. Serve with celery sticks if desired.

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