Make the season a little merrier with eggnog, mulled cider, hot chocolate, and other top-rated holiday drinks. These festive favorites are even tastier with a touch of booze. So once you've served the kids the non-alcoholic versions, add a little Christmas cheer to your own. We've included suggestions for which spirits make the best additions.
It's a rich, indulgent favorite, and Christmas wouldn't be the same without it.
Which Spirits Mix Best with Eggnog: Rum is a classic match, but bourbon and brandy stake their claim, too. Feeling bold? Add a touch of all three.
Coquito (Tropical Eggnog)
It's the next best thing to Christmas on a tropical island when cream of coconut combines with spices and white rum.
A Note about Raw Eggs: Some eggnog recipes contain raw eggs. For safety's sake, use pasteurized eggs or heat the eggnog mixture to pasteurize them yourself. Eggs need to reach a temperature of 160 degrees F (71 degrees C). Here's how to do it:
- Beat the eggs in a saucepan with the sugar and milk or cream called for in your recipe. Sugar has an insulating effect, and will help prevent the eggs from coagulating in the heat.
- Stir the mixture constantly over low heat until it thickens slightly and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
- Use an instant-read thermometer. When the mixture reaches the correct temperature, immediately place the pan in a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking.
A classic winter warmer, hot chocolate goes to cozy extremes when you mix in the spirits.
Which Booze Mixes Best with Hot Chocolate: There are just so many ways to go with hot chocolate. The short answer is rum, bourbon, brandy, and tequila. Chocolate is a New World original, so maybe it's not unusual that hot chocolate would pair so well with tequila and mezcal..try it with chiles and a dash of cinnamon. Or go Irish, with a touch of Bailey's...and maybe a drop or two of Irish Whiskey. Liqueurs also work wonders with hot chocolate: try Grand Marnier, Kahlua, Frangelico, and peppermint schnapps.
Gingerbread lattes, peppermint mochas, chocolate lattes -- spice up your cup of joe this season.
Which Spirits Combine Best with Coffee Drinks: Bailey's (with or without Irish whiskey), Kahlua, and peppermint schnapps are classic companions with coffee. Amaretto, Frangelico, and Grand Marnier are other magical additions. Or try combining Tia Maria and rum.
- Gingerbread Coffee
- Irish Coffee
- Brown Sugar-Caramel Latte
- Abbey's White Chocolate Latte
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Nothing alerts the nose to the holidays quite like the aroma of hot spiced cider.
Which Spirits Mix Best with Mulled Cider: You can't go wrong adding a little dark rum to the mix. Bourbon would also pair nicely with a spiced apple drink. Or add a splash of vodka for boozy benefits without altering the flavor profile.
Wassail and Punch
Traditionally made with ale, wassail is also a friendly place for fruit juices and rum. It'll cure what wassail's ya.
Which Booze Pairs Best with Christmas Punch: Many of these recipes call out the spirit of choice, but play around; punch is the perfect playground for booze. Rum, brandy, bourbon, vodka, they can all work Christmas miracles.
- Christmas Wassail
- Peppermint Punch
- Warm and Spicy Autumn Punch
- Lion House Wassail
- Wassail Punch
When the mood calls for simple sophistication, you can't beat champagne cocktails.
- Holiday Mimosa
- The Champagne Cocktail
- Annex Theater Champagne Cocktail
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