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Thirsty Thursday: Drinking with purpose

The holidays are all about fun, friends, family and of course some seasonal cocktails. Kelly’s at SouthBridge is offering its All That Glitters Eggnog Martini for $25. While the cost may seem steep, 100 percent of that is going to nonprofit Andrea’s Closet. The drink is made with homemade eggnog, Bacardi Rum, a splash of Tuaca and garnished with edible gold flakes.

Andrea’s Closet is for all kids who are going through a tough time in a hospital. The organization hosts a closet full of new toys that kids can choose from. You can find out more about the organization by visiting www.andreascloset.org

The drink will be on sale at Kelly’s at SouthBridge (7117 E. 6th Ave.) until Dec. 31.

All That Glitters Eggnog
4oz homemade eggnog
1.5oz Bacardi 8 rum
Splash og Tuaca

To make:

Combine all ingredients with ice in shaker tin. Shake and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with a sugar/gold flake rim and grated nutmeg.

Sparkling Pomegranate Holiday Punch, Courtesy of The Cove Trattoria

Thirsty Thursday: Sparkling Pomegranate Holiday Punch

If you’re looking for something a little lighter than spiked eggnog at your next Ugly Sweater Party, behold The Cove Trattoria’s Sparking Pomegranate Holiday Punch!

The ingredients are bulky, so this should be good for more than a few servings of sweet, bubbly holiday cheer.

Sparkling Pomegranate Holiday Punch:
1 bottle of champagne or sparkling
1 cup of pomegranate juice
1 cup of seltzer/ club soda
16oz of citrus vodka
Lemon twists for garnish

Visit The Cove Trattoria at the Seville Shopping Center, 7001 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale.

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