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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

politics.gifts

Arizona lawmakers examine lobbying gift ban

Republican Sen. Michele Reagan says she is willing to compromise to pass legislation that would revamp Arizona laws on legal interactions between lobbyists and lawmakers.

Reagan says she asked elected officials and lobbyists what they could stomach when drafting her ethics bill that would require lobbyists to file monthly expenditure reports detailing any legal gifts made to lawmakers. Violators could face felony charges under the proposed changes.

A Senate committee unanimously moved the bill forward Monday.

Last year, the Senate shot down an ethics overhaul that would have limited free meals, trips and other contributions from lobbyists.

A Fiesta Bowl report released in 2011 disclosed that numerous legislators accepted free trips from the bowl in recent years. Many lawmakers did not list the trips on their financial disclosure reports.

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Molina offers holiday gift advice

Az Business magazine sat down with Alfredo J. Molina, owner of Molina Fine Jewelers, to talk about trends he is seeing and suggestions he has for holiday gift-giving this season. Here is what he has to say:

Question: Are you seeing any trends regarding holiday gift giving this year?

Alfredo J. Molina: The major trends that reaches across major gift giving is quality, value and capital preservation. The current depreciation of worldwide currencies is motivating consumers to invest in hard assets as a form of investment. Jewelry represents a vehicle that meets many of the criteria of todays investor. It represents international currency, has great mobility, it can be held, meaning that they can see it, hold it and touch it and its appreciation is not taxable. Precious gemstones and precious metals have been the foundation of every monarcy and were used as the guarantors of all paper currency. The most emotionally charged gift a woman can receive is fine jewelry, especially the one’s containing large gemstones!

Q: What options do you suggest for gifts for female executives this year?

AM: Opinions vary as to the proper use of jewelry for women executives. One opinion is that less is more. The other opinion is the one I agree with and that is jewelry transmits a message of success. Imagine the financial advisor that transports himself to your office in a old dirty automobile. We are all in the people business and studies have shown that within the first 30 seconds people decide whether they are going to do business with you, trust you or believe you. The clothes you wear and the way you accessorize your wardrobe defines who you are and sends a strong message to the subconscious mind of the person you are delaing with.
The staples of a jewelry wardrobe for a professional woman are diamond stud earrings, cufflinks, a fine jewelry brooch, a fine timepiece and o fcourse a diamond ring that is appropriate for daywear. A pearl necklace has great versatility as does a diamond solitaire necklace.

Q: What options do you suggest for gifts for male executives this year?

AM: The rules of engagement for men are the same as for women. They are dealing with people and trust is the most important aspect in developing a mutally beneficial business relationship. My mentor John Teets, past CEO of Dial Corp., used to say ‘A man without cufflinks is improperly dressed.”. Cufflinks are a great opportunity for men to express their tastes and can break the monotony of a mans wardrobe. My grandfather used to say that you could judge a man by the quality of his shoes and his belt. Today, I believe that men are judged by the quality of their timepiece. The more complications a watch posseses the greater the culture and refinment of the man. A wedding ring with diamonds sends a message that a man is comfortable with who he is. A larger diamond transmits a connoisseurship of style. I would caution pinky rings due to their historic association with gamblers.