Holiday Drinking

December 29th, 2008

There is the temptation to say that the best holiday drinking is simply pouring a glass of cognac, but this paints too simple a picture. There are as many schools of thought on what to drink for the holidays as there are drink blogs, and believe me, there are a lot of drink blogs.

I’ve been staying away from drink blogging for a bit, because I felt that there are so many blogs, what did I have to offer, but I’ve been feeling festive, and thought I’d get back into the game a bit. I also intend to lay down a few bitters, based on the recipes that my friend, posting under the name causabon back on icelandspar, came up with. It is almost embarrassing how excited I am by them.

First up today though, we have Ted Haigh talking on NPR which I got thanks to A Dash of Bitters. In the segment, he gives the recipe for a drink that is going to make me restock my Benedictine.

Alcademics noted the recent NY Times piece on San Francisco bars in about the same pitch I had intended to. You can always count on the Times for a little condescension about the existence of culture anywhere but New York. It’s worth noting that Alcademics is one of the sites who’s writing renders most of mine superfluous.

And over at Mixoloseum, cocktail nerd has tried various egg nog recipes and mixes so that you don’t have to. It really is better than you think, when you don’t just dump rum into the store bought goop.

Having just bought a micro plane grater as a little Hanukkah gift to mysel, (as well as a second menorah, why do I need a second menorah?) I plan to mix up something out of Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to that feels suitably old.

2 Responses to “Holiday Drinking”

  1. Luscious B Says:

    Best eggnog recipe I’ve found:

    Dissolve 1 1/8 cups white sugar in 2 cups rum or whiskey [I prefer rye, myself], in a large mixing bowl, overnight.

    Beat 6 egg yolks until light yellow; stir into alcohol mixture, cover and chill for at least two hours.

    Whip 3 cups heavy cream until soft peaks form. Fold into alcohol mixture. Stir in whole milk until desired consistency is reached. Pour into glasses, garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

  2. Bottle Imp Says:

    That sounds like just the right amount of effort for my tastes. I’ll have to try that.

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