Yule Need a Recipe for that Cuppa Cheer

One of the things that makes this season just a bit warmer and more cheery is what we put in our bellies.  Nothing makes a holiday feel quite so much like a holiday as much as its food and drink, and when it comes to the latter, our family enjoys a mix of traditional and not-so-traditional beverages.  For most of these, we can give thanks to our dear friend Saccharomyces cerevisiae (and his allies) for the wonderful transformative alchemy of fermentation…though a few are non-alcoholic (can’t leave the kids out of the fun!).

Momma’s Favorite–Kahlua Hot Chocolate with Bailey’s Creamer:  Hot Chocolate recipe of one’s choice, add a shot of Kahlua and a dash of Bailey’s Creamer.

My Momma’s Bourbon Slush: Combine 12 oz frozen orange juice concentrate thawed, 6 oz frozen lemonade concentrate thawed, 1 1/4 cup bourbon, 1 1/2 cup sugar, 7 cups of water, and two cups of strong tea (pour 2 cups of boiling water over 5 tea bags and steep).  Mix well then put in freezer, stirring every 2-3 hours til set.  For best results, freeze overnight. Remove from freezer 10-15 minutes before serving.  Serve in glass and pour white soda over it, about half and half.

Tidewater Tea: Combine 1 quart strong tea, 1 c cherry juice, 3 tbsp lemon juice, 1/4 c orange juice, 4 whole cloves, 1 cinnamon stick and simmer for 20-30 minutes.  Serve hot.

Munchkin Favorite–Peppermint Stick Hot Chocolate: This mix recipe is readily available on the net (makes a great jar gift and a great way to use up those candy canes), but I like the pics on this one best…its super simple to whip up a jar for your kitchen and make it to serve as a before bedtime (and teeth-brushing) snack.  For more fun, serve with a candy cane stir stick!

Wassail Tea: 1/2 c sugar, 1 c water, 3 whole cloves, 1 stick of cinnamon, 1 whole allspice, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 3/4 c OJ, 1/2 c lemon juice, 2 c apple juice–heat and let steep at least an hour before rewarming to serve.

Hot Buttered Rum: In a sauce pan, combine 1 quart apple juice or cider, 1/4 c butter and 1/4 c dark corn syrup. Heat until butter melts and stir continuously…do not boil.  Pour into mugs, add a shot of dark rum or a dash of rum extract.  Serve with a cinnamon stick for a stirrer.

Momma’s Favorite–Pomegranate Cosmo: 2:1:1:1/2 ratio of a quality vodka (in our house, Finlandia), Cointreau (orange liqueur), pomegranate juice and lime juice served cold in a sugar frosted martini glass. Optional–garnish with lime peel.


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Occasionally doting wife, damn proud momma of two adorable children, veteran of the United States Navy, semi-steampunk bohemian beach addict from middle America, Civil War reenactor and Victorian natural history aficionado, canoeing and kayaking and paddleboarding fanatic, Unitarian Universalist and pantheistic Pagan, devotee of various aquatic deities, and practitioner of bioregional witchery View all posts by thalassa

4 responses to “Yule Need a Recipe for that Cuppa Cheer

  • Diandra

    Sounds yummy. I have decided to try egg nog this time, for the first time. Wheeee!!!!

    (I was also tempted to stash a bottle of tequila at the office.)

    • thalassa

      Oooh! Tequila…I’ve found that too be a dangerous drink! I will say that for egg nog, I don’t make it myself (although I think my foodie hero, Alton Brown has a Good Eats episode on how to do so)…I buy the Southern Comfort brand, which is quite tasty.

  • thalassa

    Reblogged this on musings of a kitchen witch and commented:

    https://i1.wp.com/3.bp.blogspot.com/-DEX6-p6W4pk/ULOmFyuFaaI/AAAAAAAACXY/Id4_vrF8Zf4/s320/YuleBlogParty.jpgI’m cheating a bit here for the 21 Days of Yule Blogging Party from the Domestic Witch and reblogging one of my posts about some of our favorite Yuletide drinks from last year. I’ll have a new post finished and published tomorrow, but for now the hubby (since he’s back from six weeks in San Diego) and I are canoodling on the couch watching Star Trek: Next Generation… Enjoy!

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