The Spirit of the Holidays!

We drink at our house.

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I’m not ashamed.  The knowledge there is a tasty adult beverage waiting for me after a rough day of craziness is all I need to get by at work on some days.  (Read: most days!)  I do LOVE the libations!  During the holidays, we all have good days, and bad.  I think we’re all secretly wishing for a Christmas miracle, and sometimes we just need a little hope and a wish.  Too many musicals as a kid, I guess… because I’m still holding my breath.  But until then, I drink 🙂  And shamelessly!  AND I add it to baked goods, because WHY NOT?

Rum-Spiked-Eggnog-Cupcakes
Spiked Eggnog Cupcakes, anyone? I’ve made champagne cupcakes, too! So yummy!

 

Enter life:  holiday nog.  One of the best holiday memories I have is living in the same loft building with my little brother Jason, and discovering our now-legendary love for Southern Comfort and eggnog with our brother Josh and his wife Mandy.  YUM!!  That was a fun Christmas!

Spiked Eggnog  image from bostoncommon-magazine.com
Spiked Eggnog
image from bostoncommon-magazine.com

We found eggnog is particularly delicious with many adult beverage choices.  Makers Mark, Jack Daniels, Spiced Rum, Dark Rum, Brandy… oh the list of deliciousness that only eggnog can bring.  My littles call eggnog “Christmas Milk,” and so, forever now, “SoCo Christmas Milk” will live on my list of needs for the month of December.

Christmas Milk?  I just Googled it, and found out it's ACTUALLY a THING!  Whoa!  #MindBlown
Christmas Milk? I just Googled it, and found out it’s ACTUALLY a THING! Whoa! #MindBlown

Many who have known me for some time also know of my obsession with Billie Holiday.  I’ve spent years trying to drink gin, and actually enjoy it.  For years, it was a lost art on my tastebuds.  Gin did not jive with me.

Magic
Magic

Today, however, I can sing a different tune, because I love gin, and it loves me back!  Finally, I can pretend to be Billie Holiday, and not feel like I’m faking the funk.  There is REAL gin in my glass.  One of the most delicious recipes made with gin, from Pinterest, is a Hot Gin Punch. Once discovered, this is a favorite for the holidays going forward.  From Buzzfeed.com:

Hot Gin Punch
Hot Gin Punch image from Pinterest

– 3 teacups Hendrick’s Gin
– 3 teacups Madeira wine
– 3 cloves
– a pinch grated nutmeg
– 1 large teaspoon cinnamon powder
– 1 teaspoon brown sugar
– 6 large lemon twists
– 1 small slice orange
– 3 big chunks fresh pineapple
– 4 large spoons honey
– lemon juice
– dash water

Combine all of the ingredients in a small pot and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Pour into a teapot and serve hot in teacups with some gingerbread on the side.

hot gin punch done
Hot Gin Punch image from Pinterest

 

My husband also makes a delicious fall spiked cider.  He likes to say, “cider” like the rat from The Fantastic Mr. Fox.  tumblr_mwddvakh8V1s9816mo2_r1_500He likes to take apple cider, rum, white wine, spices, and some kinda secret sauce he fails to divulge, and create this delicious “drank” that sneaks up on you.  It’s delicious!  And it’s a Thanksgiving favorite that kicks off the holiday drinking season for us.  Thanks, Obama.

*(I’m kidding… that’s an Omar joke!)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  Bottoms up 🙂

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