Sunday, December 14, 2014

Advent Calendar Day 14

Today we're sharing holiday cocktails. Post the recipe to your favorite holiday cocktail below and I'll randomly select three commenters to receive your choice of an audio book download code.

Actually one of my very favorite holiday drinks is just hot cocoa with a dollop of whipped cream and a splash of peppermint schnapps. But if you want to get fancy...

Espresso Martini Recipe

1 1/2 ounces vodka
3/4 ounce Kahlua coffee liqueur
1/4 ounce white crème de cacao
1 ounce cold espresso

1.Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Shake well.
3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


  1. I'm not much into cocktails myself, but this is something my friend Reb (who likes her vodka a lot) use to make me (the measures are estimations, you can always try to change it a little if it's too sweet or sour):

    Chocolate and orange cocktail
    0.60 dl orange syrup (homemade or not)
    0.40 dl orange juice
    1 dl crème cacao
    vodka (to your heart's content)
    some ice

    Just put everything together in a shaker and shake to some happy rhythm. Serve in a chilled glass. You can use chocolate shavings for decorating (though, honestly, we used to skip that step) and voilà! Enjoy! ;)

  2. I do like a good Mojito, but had this on a netball team night out last week!
    Banoffee Pie Cocktail
    2 parts vodka
    1 part butterscotch liqueur
    1 part fresh cream
    1 part banana liqueur

    Mix together, adjusting for taste.
    Drizzle melted chocolate on inside of cocktail glass then pour in mix. Maybe some grated choclate for decoration

    Will be checking bak later for more recipes but the Choc Orange one from booksandmore will get an outing over the holidays!

  3. I just like the classic White Russian:

    1 part Kahlúa
    2 parts Vodka
    1 part heavy cream

    Fill a rocks glass with ice. With the help of Vodka, and a kick of Kahlúa, float thick cream on top to create the iconic classic. Swirl with a straw to mix up a perfect storm.

    Interesting note that I once ordered this and the person told they had no Russians working in the restaurant.

  4. I can't eat eggs, and I love coconut, so this one has always appealed to me.

    Coquito (Puerto Rican Rum No Eggs Eggnog)

    1 15-ounce cans cream of coconut
    1 14-ounce cans sweetened condensed milk
    1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
    6 ounces white rum (use less if you like)
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 teaspoon coconut (or vanilla) extract

    1. Mix all ingredients in a blender.
    2. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving. Serve cold.

    Serves: This recipe makes about 36 ounces.

    1. I'm not a huge fan of eggnog, so this sounds enticing.

  5. 2 cl Advocaat ( Egg liqueur)
    3 cl Havana Blanco
    1 cl Cream
    1 cl Almond sirup
    4 cl Cherry Juice
    4 cl Pineapple Juice
    1 Pinch Cinnamon
    You put the advocaat in a margarita glass. Then give the other ingredients with crushed ice in a cocktailshaker, shake it very well and put it then on the advocaat.
    Debby, your story made be smile :-)

    1. Oh wow, that's a real combination of flavors. Very festive.

  6. I don't actually drink so it's usually hot cocoa for me but I did make some orange liqueur ( I also have passion fruit liqueur maturing in a dark closet) so I might add a splash. Big gigantic MIGHT. Usually not. I also like to throw a packet of mulling spices in to a crockpot with some apple juice and let the aroma fill the house.

  7. After our trip last month, my mom and I are talking about having a Puerto Rican Christmas meal. This sounds really good.

    Coquito (Puerto Rican Egg Nog)

    1 can coconut milk, not coconut water or coconut cream (13.5 ounces)
    1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
    1 cup water
    1 cup whole milk
    2 sticks cinnamon
    4 egg yolks
    *ground cinnamon, to taste
    1 cup white rum

    Step 1 In a 2-quart saucepan heat the coconut milk, condensed milk, water, whole milk, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil very briefly, then remove from the heat.

    Step 2 In a separate mixing bowl whip the egg yolks with a whisk or electric hand mixer. While whipping, drizzle about a cup of the hot mixture into the eggs.

    Step 3 Return the milk/egg mixture to the saucepan and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
    Step 4 Allow to cool completely before adding the rum. Store in the refrigerator, best when made 1 day in advance.

    Step 5 Serve in shot glasses. Sprinkle a bit of ground cinnamon in each cup before serving.

  8. Oh, I just noticed the recipe for the eggless coquito above. But I like eggs :)

  9. I get classics on Christmas. The food,the drinks. For me, it's mulled wine. Not sure if it's technically a cocktail. This how I make it:
    1 liter of wine
    2-3 deciliters of water
    150 grams of sugar
    6-7 cloves
    1 cinnamon stick
    1 small pack of vanilla sugar
    orange peel

    You boil wine, water, cinnamon and cloves. Ones boiling, you add sugar, vanilla sugar and orange peel. You boil it for 20 minutes.
    And happy holiday to all!


  10. Any cocktail made with champagne works for me, but my favorite is also the simplest: kir royale.

    Put 1 tablespoon creme de cassis (black current liqueur) in a champagne flute. Fill the flute with chilled champagne. If you prefer a more intense blackberry taste, add more creme de cassis (up to 1 part to 4 parts champagne). Add a few berries (muddled or intact) if you like.

  11. These days I enjoy of my BIL's hot spiced cider (no alcohol) on Christmas Eve, and maybe a glass of wine, a then a cognac after every else is in bed. But for most of my childhood years Christmas Eve meant the Tom & Jerry cocktails (homemade eggnog with rum and brandy or cognac) made by my third "grandpa" when we dropped by the home where my mother boarded before meeting my dad. Making the T&J's was quite a production and even the kids got to have a sip. Here's a website with a recipe that's closest to what I remember and tried to duplicate later.

  12. Diet Dr. Pepper, neither shaken nor stirred, on the rocks!

    (I am working on 25 years of sobriety)

  13. Not a drinker, party pooper right here. I love hot chocolate with a candy cane hanging on the side of the mug to flavor the hot chocolate just a bit. Sorry guys :)

    Yield: 1 Martini

    1/2 ounce white cranberry juice
    1/2 ounce lime juice
    1/2 ounce orange liquor
    1 1/2 ounces stoli cranberry vodka
    4 frozen cranberries


    1. Mix juice and liquor together in a shaker with ice.
    2. Shake well.
    3. Pour into martini glass.
    4. Add cranberries as garnish.


  15. I mostly drink mocktails, as I am often the designated driver, but a friend of mine recommended the following 'Candy Cane Christmas Cocktail' which looks really naughty: but also check out 'Christmas Jello Shots' which are so naughty, but would look impressive to your guests:

    Happy Holidays and thank you for a chance to win one of your books in audio format

  16. I just realized that I have a bottle of Michael Godard gin that someone gifted me. So maybe a gin-gin mule?

    Mint leaves
    1 oz. simple syrup
    ¾ oz. lime juice
    1½ oz. gin
    2 oz. ginger beer/ale

    Muddle mint leaves, simple syrup, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add gin and fill with ice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled cocktail glass; top with ginger beer. Garnish with mint.

  17. I can make a mean peppermint hot chocolate with the Tassimo. ;-) Hubby likes Vov (Italian egg liqueur).

  18. I don't drink alcohol, so my usual go to for the holidays is sparkling apple cider. Nothing fancy, just make sure it's chilled. :)

  19. I love just plain old eggnog with a splash of rum in it. That is my go-to holiday drink. Yum!

  20. Gotta be a hot toddy! Hot water (or tea), generous splash of whiskey, a little sugar, and a slice of lemon with a few cloves stuck inside it. Cures what ails ya and lifts your spirits! haha.

  21. having had two variations at different restaurants, I think my fav holiday cocktail (besides the white russian!) would be something like

    1/2 oz honey vodka
    cinnamon stick
    whip cream
    4 oz warm apple juice

    To enhance flavor, you can crock pot the apple juice with some cloves.