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Stirring Once, Stirring Twice: A Guide to the Holidays
José and Maria Cuervo

The holiday season is upon us, bringing with it the usual measure of goodwill and joy. Across America, houses fill with children home from school, family visiting from out of town, holiday newsletters from long-lost college roommates, and the white noise of caroling, complaining, and holiday television extravaganzas. Inevitably, thoughts turn to that age-old question: Is it too early to start drinking?

In our home we find that December goes down easy when it’s well lubricated. The crush of children, in-laws, trips to the mall, and visions of Jessica Simpson in a reindeer sweater becomes tolerable, even enjoyable, with a rum chaser. And whether the sun setting at 4:30 in the afternoon leaves you shaken or stirred, the good news is that happy hour starts early.

And so, in an effort to bring a little joy to the world – or at least take the edge of a season that can bring out the Grinch in the best of us – we bring you these holiday recipes. This is the first in a series: In the coming months we’ll bring you our favorite drinks on a regular basis, to help the year go down more easily.


EggNog-Yer-Socks-Off
Let’s face it, eggnog is disgusting. We say lose the egg, cut way back on the nog, and add a whole bunch of chocolate and schnapps. Now we’re talking holiday cheer.

1/2 c sugar
1/4 c cocoa
1/3 c hot H2O
4 c milk
vanilla
6 oz peppermint schnapps
3 oz vanilla vodka
marshmallows and candy canes for garnish

Mix sugar, cocoa and water in saucepan, cook for a minute or two, add milk and vanilla and heat but do not boil. Add liquor and heat for another minute or two. Serve in mugs garnished with marshmallows and candy canes. (Fun for the kids, too!)


Vodka Latkes
Potatoes (vodka) and applesauce (sparkling cider), just like Grandma used to make (or would have if she were Protestant). How better to celebrate the festival of lights than to get lit with this old favorite.

So, fill a glass with sparkling cider, add a shot (or two) of your favorite vodka, a squeeze or two of fresh lime juice, and l'chayim!


Maccabee Margaritas
Blue and white, like the Israeli flag.

1 1/2 c white tequila
3/4 c blue curacao
1 can limeade
fresh lime juice
ice (crush with a hammer, like the Maccabees!)

Combine in blender, serve in salt-rimmed glass.


Solstice Sunrise
Bid farewell to those S.A.D. blues with a drink that’s pure sunshine.

2 shots tequila
couple dashes of grenadine
OJ to taste


New Year’s Tropical Champagne Punch
1 bottle champagne (make it the cheap stuff from Sam’s)
coconut rum
pineapple juice
mango juice
fresh lime juice
pineapple rings, limes for garnish

Combine in a big bowl, serve in flutes rimmed with sugar and garnished with a slice of pineapple or lime.

Ring it in, baby…

Comments [post a comment]

Posted by jocelyn johnson on Saturday, December 27th, 2003 at 1:12 PM
I could have used these lovely drink recipes on Chrismas morning, after my mom plugged in the animatronic black Santa Claus who shakes his ass to an endless round of Jingle Bell Rock. (I still can't shake that damn song from my head). Then I rifled through my first gift bag to find among the tissue paper: A Walmart gift certificate, a tee-shirt with a nike swish on the front, as big as my forearm, and a very Cosby chrismas sweater circa 1989. "thanks alot," I smiled, wide-eyed. Does my family know me at all? yep, drinks would have definitely helped!



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