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Eggnog

The Dish: Kentucky Eggnog Spike

Georgia has the best peaches and everyone loves California wine but Kentucky knows its bourbon. Celebrate the holidays with a taste of the South by making this eggnog spike. One glass will be sure to have you kissing under the mistletoe in no time!

This particular concoction is best made at least a week in advance and given time to marinate. So, if you want to be drinking it by Christmas Eve get going now!

Check below the recipe for complimentary gift labels, wrapping suggestions and a tutorial on removing labels from wine bottles.

Kentucky Eggnog Spike

Makes about 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups bourbon
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 2 large cinnamon sticks
  • 7 whole cloves

Preparation

Pour bourbon, rum and brandy into 1-quart bottle. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into bourbon mixture; add pod to bottle.

Using mortar and pestle or bottom of heavy small skillet, crack whole nutmeg into 4 or 5 pieces. Add nutmeg pieces, cinnamon sticks and cloves to mixture. Cork bottle tightly. Let stand in cool, dark place for 1 week. (Can be prepared 3 months ahead.)

To make the eggnog

Ingredients

Makes about 6 servings

  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • 1 quarts half and half
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 1+ cup spike
  • 1 cup milk or more as needed
  • freshly grated nutmeg

Preparation

In a heavy saucepan with an electric mixer beat together half-and-half, cream, sugar, and yolks until combined well. Cook mixture over moderate heat, continuing to beat, until slightly thickened, about 7 to 10 minutes.

Remove pan from heat. Continue to beat mixture until slightly cooled. Stir in vanilla and nutmeg.
Transfer eggnog to a bowl and chill, covered, at least 8 hours or up to 2 days.

Add 1 cup of the spike to start and adjust to taste.

Just before serving, thin eggnog with milk to desired consistency. Garnish with cinnamon or nutmeg.

 

Preparations and Gifting Suggestions

For a quick and easy way to remove labels from wine bottles, check out this tutorial at DIY Idea Time.

Once labels are removed, thoroughly wash and dry your bottle. Using a funnel, pour the eggnog spike in to the bottle followed by the vanilla and spices. Seal firmly with a cork.

Using a thin layer of glue, attach the eggnog spike label to the bottle.

To make your bottle extra special, drip red or green sealing wax around the cork to ensure no leakage and make opening it part of the fun. Finish it off by tying a Christmas ribbon with a big bow around the neck. A fresh piece of nutmeg and a grater would also be great attached to the ribbon.

Use these special touches to let your friends and family know how much you care about their buzz this Christmas.

Click on the image below for complimentary labels or try your hand at designing your own!

Eggnog Label Sheet

Holiday cocktails from Sapporo

Celebrate With Sapporo's Holiday Cocktails

Sapporo Holiday Cocktails

Hear those sleigh bells ringing and jing ting tingaling too? No? That’s because it’s the sound of a martini shaker making your favorite holiday cocktails. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and with holiday parties aplenty, what better way is there to celebrate than with a Christmas cocktail or some vodka with that latke.

Whether you’re attending the company holiday party or hosting a gathering of your own, here are some key ingredients essential to any bar to make for one jolly holiday cocktail:

SomberoTini  (like snow in a glass)

  • 1/2 oz. Patron XO
  • 1-1/2 oz. either vodka or Rock Sake Cloud
  • 2 oz. horchata (Mexican, cinnamon rice milk)
Garnish with a dash of cinnamon.

Pumpkin Pie Martini  (a holiday meal staple in liquid form)

  • 2 oz. Pear infused Svedka Vodka (1 bottle of Svedka, 3 peeled pears, infuse for 3 days)

Holiday Cocktail: Pumpkin Pie Martini

  • 1/4 oz. Cointreau
  • 1/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin purée
Dash of both cinnamon and nutmeg
To prepare: Shake and pour ingredients with ice into martini glass; add whipped cream around the inside rim of the glass to assimilate the look of a pumpkin pie

Plumeria (for those with visions of sugar plums)

  • 2 oz. Pearl Plum Vodka
 Sapporo Holiday Cocktails, Plumeria
  • 3 dashes of Fee’s Plum bitters
  • 1 oz. sweet & sour
  • 2 oz. soda water
Garnish with mistletoe or your favorite flower.

Purple Dream Martini (if you’re dreaming of a white purple Christmas)

  • 3 oz. Rock Sake Cloud Sake
Sapporo Holiday Cocktail, Purple Dream Martini
  • 1 oz. lemonade
  • 1/2 oz. raspberry liqueur (layered)
To Prepare: Pour sake and lemonade into shaker and pour into martini glass. Down the side of the glass, slowly layer raspberry liqueur so that it layers to the bottom of the glass.

For those with at-home holiday soirees, fear not. You don’t need every piece of bar ware to make the aforementioned beverages. More times than not the everyday kitchen utensils can get the job done, but to look like a seasoned professional, some key bar tools include:

  • Glassware: a gin and tonic doesn’t belong in a martini glass
  • Cocktail Shaker: a must for any bar and any drink shaken, not stirred
  • Muddler: an essential tool for crushing mint leaves, fruit, herbs or any other ingredient that requires mashing to extract its true flavor
  • Corkscrew: for those who prefer wine over cocktails
  • Measure/Jigger: this helps keep that heavy-hand in check and prevents guests from getting too sloshy in their ugly Christmas sweaters
  • Knife/Cutting Board: for any fruity accoutrement

Feature one or all four drinks on your holiday cocktail menu this season, but
remember that practice makes perfect. Who said hard work isn’t fun? Enjoy those libations, and have a safe and happy holiday!