There are a variety of special holiday beverages, I’ve stocked up on a few special Christmas Beers, and there are a couple of warm drinks that fit the weather.
I don’t have anything nice to say about Egg Nog, the traditional salmonella and alcohol favorite. Here’s why. Properly prepared Egg Nog contains raw eggs, a bad idea when sharing holiday bacteria, and the description of Egg Nog is ” a sweetened dairy-based beverage traditionally made with milk and/or cream, sugar, and whipped eggs. Brandy, rum, whisky, bourbon, vodka, or a combination of liquors are often added”. In other words, it is a vehicle for whatever alcohol you have laying around.
My favorite warm beverage is Hot Buttered Rum. A few years ago I found a bulk recipe, and made a Winter’s worth of mix, which I kept in the fridge so that making the drink was as easy as boiling water, adding mix, and adding rum. This recipe will make about ten servings:
2 cups light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
Bottle dark rum (I prefer Black Seal for this)
Kriek is a cherry beer from Belgium, there are several brands, we prefer Lindemans. It’s a low alcohol (4.5%) beverage, the flavor is black cherry so it’s not exactly “sweet”, and it’s a lovely red color. Another new beverage is from Stella Artois, “Cidre” is an apple cider also rated at 4.5% alcohol.
Several Belgian breweries produce Christmas beers, winner of the cutest bottle is from Delirium.
Which brings us to the effects of alcohol. Know your limits, and those of your guests. The measure of “safe to drive” includes how safe it is to drive with all the other wankers sliding about. Stay close, stay warm, make good memories.