A Cup of Christmas Cheer
These traditional wintertime drinks are sure to spice up your holidays.
Home-Whipped Bourbon Eggnog
You can’t dispute the absolute excellence of a chilled glass of nutmeg-enhanced eggnog with a delightful spike of bourbon on Christmas Eve. Instead of serving your favorite folks the store-bought sludge—often pumped up with artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, carrageenan or other thickeners, and sometimes containing no actual eggs at all—whip up a homemade batch this year. We promise you’ll taste the richer flavor of the real deal immediately! This recipe uses bourbon, but any darker liquor will work wonders! Some swear by spiced rum or cognac, while others are all about the bourbon. You can even try some peppermint schnapps if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.
The possibility of contracting salmonella from uncooked eggs exists, but is exceptionally low. According to CDC estimates from the 1990s, only about one in every 20,000 eggs may be internally contaminated with salmonella, which cannot grow as long as eggs are kept below 45°F.
Hot Buttered Rum
Hot buttered rum is a super-versatile drink for cold weather entertaining, since you can prepare the spiced butter in advance and keep it stored in the fridge for weeks. When it’s time to serve, just plunk a couple of tablespoons in your mug, add as much rum as you require, and top it off with boiling water. Sweet warmth!
Mulled Christmas Wine
For the crowd that’s not so into liquors, consider a spice-filled mulled wine that’ll let the smell of Christmas fill your home. The key to this one is to let it simmer low and slow for a couple of hours to really let the spices infuse the wine and get fragrant. There is no absolute traditional recipe for mulled wine, as the types and amounts of spices can vary, so feel free to experiment with different spices or proportions to taste. Serve it warm right out of the pot!