As winter casts its enchanting spell, the air resonates with the promise of warmth and celebration. In this season of joy, where the crisp embrace of the outdoors meets the cozy haven of home, nothing beckons the spirit of Christmas quite like the art of crafting festive cocktails. Picture a world adorned with twinkling lights and the fragrance of evergreen, where each sip becomes a moment of magic. Here's Homegrown's collection of Christmas cocktail recipes, designed to infuse the season's spirit into your gatherings and create unforgettable memories around the hearth.
For this Christmas classic, Beat 2 egg yolks with 3 tablespoons of sugar until fluffy. Mix in 1 1/2 cups whole milk, 1/2 cup heavy cream, and 1/2 cup of bourbon, brandy or rum. In a separate bowl, beat 2 egg whites with 1 tablespoon of sugar until soft peaks form, then fold into the yolk mixture. Divide the mixture among four glasses or cups, garnishing each with freshly grated nutmeg.
Make your wine winter-friendly with this recipe that dates back to ancient Roman times. Combine a 750-ml bottle of red wine, sliced orange rounds, 6 cloves, 3 cinnamon sticks, 3 star anise, 1/4 cup honey, and 1/2 cup brandy in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Simmer (not boil) and then reduce to medium-low heat, gently simmering for 10 minutes. Serve warm, garnished with additional citrus slices and cinnamon sticks.
Capturing the festive spirit, this sophisticated yet simple cocktail blends vodka, ginger liqueur, a hint of coffee liqueur, and a touch of simple syrup. If you don't have a ginger liquer, make your own by infusing ginger and sugar into vodka. Shake thoroughly with ice, strain into a chilled martini glass with crushed gingerbread cookie rim, and garnish with a cinnamon stick for an added dash of holiday enchantment.
Start your day with the perfect Irish coffee. Pour 1.5 ounces of Irish whiskey and add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar into a pre-warmed stemmed glass or tall mug. Fill with hot brewed coffee and stir. Finish by topping it with about an inch of unsweetened lightly whipped cream. Garnish it with grated nutmeg for added warmth and spice.
Hot Buttered Rum
Stay warm this winter with this delicious sweet and savoury cocktail. To make the hot buttered rum batter, mix 1 pound softened butter, 1 pound brown sugar, 1 pound white sugar, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground clove, and 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg in a large bowl. Add 1 quart of lightly softened vanilla ice cream, mix, transfer to a sealed container, and store in the freezer. To serve, combine 2 ounces of gold rum with 1 tablespoon of hot buttered rum batter in a mug. Fill the mug with boiling water, stir, and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.
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