With Christmas and New Year’s coming up, ’tis the season of hosting family parties and get-togethers with friends. Show off your skills with these easy DIY cocktails for your festivities:
1 c. sugar
3 c. water
peel of 1 lemon
2 cinnamon sticks
Bring to a boil for 10 minutes.
4 oz. brandy
2 bottles red wine (I use red zinfandel or cabernet sauvignon)
Heat- do not boil. Strain. Serve hot in mug with orange slice.
Easy Irish Coffee
Coffee (drink local!)
Irish Cream to taste*
1 oz Irish Whiskey (if desired)
Whipped cream (if desired)
*Irish Cream Recipe:
1 2/3 c. Irish Whiskey
1 c. heavy cream
1 14 oz. can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
2 T. chocolate syrup
2 T. cold coffee
2 t. pure vanilla extract
Use blender to blend on high for 30 seconds. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 months.
Hot Buttered Rum
3 oz. light rum
1 old fashioned lemon peel
1 stick cinnamon
Place rum, lemon peel, cloves and cinnamon in pewter tankard or heavy mug. Fill with boiling cider. Float a pat of butter and stir well. Serve hot.
1 oz. Irish whiskey
6 oz. black tea (I use cream royal)
1 T. honey
fresh lemon slice pierced with whole cloves.
Put honey and whiskey in a mug, add hot tea then lemon and cloves.
Brandy Cider Sparkler
Put a splash of brandy and 3/4 cup cider in a shaker with ice. Shake. Fill champagne flute 1/4 way with brandy-cider mixture, fill with Prosecco. Dust with cinnamon and garnish with a lemon twist.
Fill highball glass with ice, add:
1 1/2 oz Rieger whiskey
4 oz. Cock & Bull Ginger Beer
5 dashes Angostura Bitters
Squeeze in lemon wedge & stir.
May your holiday gatherings be full of good cheer!