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The Twelve Boozy Days of Christmas – Three Wise Men

Welcome to day twelve of The Twelve Boozy Days of Christmas!

Alright the end is here. Are you tired of seeing alcohol yet? I sure hope not! I still have one little drink left for you 🙂  This little shot packs a punch! I warn you now – DO NOT DO TO MANY OF THESE. It will lead to puke out all your holiday cheer and I don’t want that for any of my readers 🙂

Thank you so much for joining me on my little alcohol infused journey. I’m planning on doing some more events in the future. In fact the next event will be recreations of all my favorite foods from my travels around the world…how fun is that!

Three Wise Men:

Johnnie Walker Scotch Whiskey
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey

Mix equal parts of each liquor into a shot glass. Tip the head back and enjoy!

The Twelve Boozy Days of Christmas – Beer

Welcome to day eleven of The Twelve Boozy Days of Christmas!

Alright. I know beer is not necessarily “winter or holiday inspired” BUT it should never be forgotten.   Here I am showing off all these fancy cocktails and drinks and completely ignoring beer.  There are times that even with all the choices out there I just want a cold beer. That includes the holidays. So while you should definitely make some of the cocktails I have showcased don’t forget the beer drinkers 🙂

Last night I went to a Devil’s hockey game and we were spanked by the Red Wings (I really don’t like them…) so it was a perfect night to drink beer 🙂 Here I am enjoying a cold one! (Are you tired of seeing my smiling face yet?)

Beer:

Beer
Cold glass

Go to the store and buy your favorite type of beer. Stout, ale, red….it will all work. (Not mixed together…that would be gross. With the exception of Black & Tan)

Pour into cold mug and enjoy!

The Twelve Boozy Days of Christmas – Green Elf

Welcome to day ten of The Twelve Boozy Days of Christmas!

Ok so I sorta just came up with the name “Green Elf” in actuality this drink is a Grasshopper BUT that didn’t really seem festive….you know? I’m writing this post quickly because I need to catch a train to NYC. So instead of rambling on and on I will just tell you that this is delicious and very minty. I think it would be great to make into a milk shake…I should try that….

Green Elf (AKA: Grasshopper):
1 oz. green creme de menthe
1 oz. white creme de cocoa
1 oz. cold heavy cream

Combine, shake and strain. Top with shaved chocolate if desired.

 

The Twelve Boozy Days of Christmas – Adult Hot Chocolate

Welcome to day nine of The Twelve Boozy Days of Christmas!

I could really use a mug of this hot chocolate right now. I’m absolutely freezing! If anyone wants to send me on a trip to somewhere tropical I’ll go….gladly 🙂

Now, about the hot chocolate. I made it by warming whole milk, heavy cream and sugar. Once warm I just whisked in chopped chocolate. Oh my talk about delicious. Adding a splash of peppermint schnapps totally put it over the top. A little minty, a lot chocolty and tons of deliciousness…yum!

Adult Hot Chocolate:

1 cup whole milk
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
3-4 ounces semisweet chocolate – chopped (depends on how chocolaty you want it)
3 ounces peppermint schnapps (1 1/2 oz. per cup)

Simmer the milk, cream and sugar together until just boiling. Whisk in the chocolate and whisk until melted. Don’t boil. You can either mix all the peppermint schnapps into the hot chocolate or use 1 1/2 oz. schnapps in each cup of hot chocolate. Top with whipped cream and garnish with candy cane if desired.

This recipe will make 2 large cups of hot chocolate.

 

 

The Twelve Boozy Days of Christmas – Mulled Wine

Welcome to day eight of The Twelve Boozy Days of Christmas!

Did you think I would run this little event and forget about mulled wine?  Don’t worry. I got your back. I decided to try Alton Brown’s recipe. Can you go wrong with AB? I swear that man is a genius. It was delicious. Warm, spicy and perfect for these cold nights we have been having.

I also wanted to share a picture with you 🙂 The first time I had mulled wine was in Germany. Here is a picture of me enjoying this delicious drink. I also had an awesome piece of Linzertorte….mmmm….now I want to go back….

Mulled Wine:

6 whole allspice berries
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
2 whole star anise
3 cinnamon sticks
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, sliced
3 large strips orange zest
3 large strips lemon zest
2 (750-ml) bottles red wine
3/4 cup honey

In the basket of a coffee percolator place the allspice berries, peppercorns, star anise, cinnamon sticks, ginger and citrus zest. Pour the wine and honey into the percolator. Attach basket, cover and let percolate for 1 to 2 hours. Serve hot.

I do not own a coffee percolator so I just warmed the wine and spices on the stove top. Do not boil.

Source: Alton Brown

The Twelve Boozy Days of Christmas – Mistletoe Martini

Welcome to day seven of The Twelve Boozy Days of Christmas!

Oh man I’m cutting it close today.  I almost forgot to put up my post! I was in the kitchen all day melting chocolate and making delicious caramel nutella crisp cookies. After I finally sat down I felt like it would be in my best interest to not move for a couple of hours 🙂 Then for dinner my most lovely boyfriend took me to The Melting Pot. We got my favorite meal. Cheese and chocolate. Yum…….

Now onto the martini.  The original recipe called for cranberry tea but I decided to use pomegranate tea since that is what I had on hand. I found it to be refreshing and delicious – perfect for any holiday party.

Mistletoe Martini:
3/4 oz. lemon juice
3 or 4 ice cubes
3 teaspoons sugar
3 oz. chilled cranberry or pomegranate herbal tea
2 oz. orange juice
2 oz. vodka

Place ice cubes in martini shaker and add all the ingredients. Close the shaker and shake. Strain into two martini glasses. Garnish and enjoy.

Source: That’s the Spirit!

 

The Twelve Boozy Days of Christmas – Warm Vanilla Cider

Welcome to day six of The Twelve Boozy Days of Christmas!

I know I already posted a recipe for mulled cider but this warm vanilla cider is equally delicious.  It’s spiked with bourbon and filled with tons of vanilla flavor. I swear vanilla just makes me swoon.  When I see it in a title of a recipe I get really excited.  I know it’s lame to get that excited over a bean…but it’s an awesome bean! Is there anyone out there that hates vanilla? If so speak up. I want to know why…

Ok back to the cider. It’s good. Try it. You’ll thank me 🙂

Warm Vanilla Cider:

6 cups fresh apple cider
2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar
2 whole nutmeg seeds
1 vanilla bean – split and scraped
6 ounces bourbon
Vanilla Whipped cream

Combine apple cider, dark-brown sugar, nutmeg seeds, and vanilla bean in a medium saucepan. Gently simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and add bourbon if desired. Remove and discard solids. Divide among 6 mugs or heatproof glasses, and top each with a dollop of vanilla whipped cream.

Source: Martha Stewart