December 17, 2018
The holidays are for dressing up – how about dressing up our drinks for the festive season too?
Dreaming up fun drinks for every occasion is truly an art, and the possibilities are endless, but we’ve done the work for you! Because guests might be feeling like tucking into a creamy eggnog or steaming hot chocolate at this time of year, we propose mixing up these creamy cocktails for holiday parties or dinners.
Each of them is the perfect way to accompany good conversation, good laughs, and good food as you reminisce about everything that’s happened over the last year and prepare to welcome in the new one.
Stars of the Show
In these recipes, we’ve used a variety of different liqueurs, including Irish cream, Cognac/brandy, Peppermint Schnapps, Kahlua coffee liqueur, tequila, Triple Sec, and Rumchata rum liqueur. Each of them is very different from each other, but they all create one-of-a-kind, memorable signature drinks.
Irish cream is a creamy liqueur which contains Irish whisky, cream or milk, and potentially other ingredients like coffee. It’s delicious all its own, in hot coffee on Christmas morning, or in mixed drinks. Some of the most popular brands include Carruthers, Baileys, and Carolans.
Brandy is a distilled spirit made from fermented grape juice, apple juice, or pear juice, among others. Cognac is a type of Brandy, which is produced in Cognac, France.
Expect a festive burst of mint in Peppermint Schnapps, a mint-flavored distilled spirit that’s perfect for holiday cocktails.
Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
Kahlua originated in Veracruz, Mexico in 1936, and is the best-selling coffee liqueur in the world. It’s used in drinks like the Espresso Martini, White Russian, and Kahlua iced coffee.
RumChata Rum Liqueur
RumChata is a mix of rum with the Latin American Horchata drink – a cinnamon-spiced rice and milk-based drink. It uses Caribbean rum, fresh dairy cream, and cinnamon, vanilla and sugar. It’s often enjoyed on the rocks, in a root beer float, and in iced coffee, but it’s also a perfect festive spirit for the holiday season.
Here’s how to put these tasty spirits to use.
Irish Peppermint Patty
Pour the Carruthers and hot chocolate into a coffee mug. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle crushed candy cane on top. Garnish with a mint leaf.
Add coffee and liquors to an Irish coffee cup and sweeten to taste. Gently float the cream on top, and sprinkle with sugar or grated chocolate.
White Christmas Margarita
Combine coconut milk, tequila, triple sec, lime juice and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Rim glasses with lime wedge and dip in sanding sugar. Pour into glass and garnish with lime and cranberries.
This recipe is a showstopper; not only does it give you a chance to make homemade eggnog, but it shows off the unique flavours of RumChata. If you don’t want to make the eggnog, you can buy some at your local Co-op store.
Ingredients for Cinnamon-Sugar Rim
Ingredients for Eggnog
Combine cinnamon and sugar on a shallow plate. Moisten the rim of each glass with water and dip into the cinnamon sugar. Set aside.
Next, begin making the eggnog. In a large saucepan, whisk egg yolks and sugar until combined. Add milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla, and turn on heat to medium-low. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Do not boil. (If using a candy thermometer, the mixture should reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit.)
Remove from heat, stirring in heavy cream and RumChata. Refrigerate until chilled. When ready to serve, pour into cups and sprinkle with additional nutmeg. Garnish with cinnamon sticks if desired.
Dazzle your friends and family this season by putting in some extra effort next time they come over. Whip up one of these tasty, creamy cocktails and serve it as a way to welcome guests to your home.
Find everything you need for your holiday party at Co-op Wine Spirits Beer.
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