Break out the punch bowls! S&C has two great holiday drinks for you. Our friends LC and CA hosted their annual gift exchange party over the weekend. LC served the delicious champagne punch she makes every year. I think it is a family recipe. It is bubbly and festive and everybody loves it. If you don’t make it for the Christmas holiday, it would be perfect for a New Year’s Eve bash.
LC’s Family Punch
- 2 bottles of champagne
- 1 bottle of white wine
- 8 oz. apricot brandy
- 8 oz. triple sec
- 1 liter club soda
Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl. Add block of ice. For less potency, half the amounts of brandy and triple sec. (As the night goes on and you continue to refill the punch bowl, halving is not a bad idea.)
After attending the Holiday Cocktails seminar, I was inspired to make homemade eggnog for LC’s party. Eggnog is quite easy, as long as you have an electric mixer. And by mixing the ingredients one by one, it ensures that they are well blended. This recipe is an adaptation of several I’ve seen. I didn’t add cognac or brandy (a spirit found in most recipes), mostly because I didn’t want it to be too boozy. I also added more vanilla extract and spices to make it more indulgent and dessert-like. I think the final product was a perfect accompaniment to chocolate pound cake and the other fine desserts served at the party. It is also a fine substitute for cream and sugar in your coffee.
- Dozen eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon clove
- 2 teaspoons nutmeg, plus extra for garnish
- 4 cups heavy whipping cream
- 5 cups milk
- 2 cups dark rum (I used Gosling’s Black Seal)
In a large bowl, beat the eggs until frothy. Add sugar, continue beating. Add vanilla, clove, nutmeg, continue beating. Add heavy cream, little at a time, continue beating. Add milk, little at a time, continue beating. Chill for 1-2 hours. Before serving, add rum and mix well. Garnish with nutmeg. For less indulgence, substitute some of the heavy cream with milk.
S&C Wishes You Happy Holidays and Best in 2009!