Are you looking for something special to serve this holiday season and want to find something different that you and your guests don’t always drink?
Below you’ll find not only a short list of something great to drink but hopefully when serving these you can also share where and when the drink originated from.
Tom and Jerry
No, not the cartoon. There is a drink called the Tom and Jerry and has been a traditional Christmas Cocktail in the United States since the 1820’s and invented by a British Journalist.
A mix of Eggnog, Brandy, and Rum make for a cozy after dinner or any winter day drink. Usually served hot in a mug or bowl and shared among friends. Another and I think a more interesting and special way of making it is seen below:
Eggs or egg whites, powdered sugar, brandy, rum and Nutmeg.
Separate eggs. Beat egg whites until stiff. Mix egg yolks with powdered sugar. Put a spoonful of yolk mixture in cup and mix with brandy and rum. Fold in some egg white, then add hot milk and top with more egg white. Stir gently to fold (or stirring in) the egg white and top it off with Nutmeg.
Or you can do it very simply by using Eggnog and Brandy topped with Nutmeg. Add the ingredients to your personal taste. But really the best way to make it fun and special is the long way as written above. Oh and a little practice makes perfect. LOL so give it a few tries before the special event.
The Hot Toddy, known in some places as hot Whiskey. The Hot Toddy is a mixed drink made with liquor, water, and honey. Some variations include mixing it in tea. A Hot Toddy is topped off with a slice of lemon and a cinnamon stick placed into the hot drink to steep as you sip and enjoy.
Also, there’s nothing wrong with just sprinkling a bit of cinnamon over the top if you can’t find the sticks.
The word Toddy originally comes from a drink in India and is made from the fermenting sap of a palm tree. It’s use as an alcoholic beverage was made with the sap, water, sugar, and spices in the late 1700’s. Other credits have been given to Doctor Robert Bently Todd for his prescription of hot Brandy, white cinnamon, and sweet syrup. Said to be helpful in cold and flu season. Thank-you Doc!
How to make the Hot Toddy: Rinse the mug or glass you intend on using for the Toddy with hot water.
Add a teaspoon of honey and about an ounce of boiling water.
Dissolve the honey in the hot water, place the cinnamon stick into your mug and about two ounces of your brand of whiskey.
Put the lemon slices in and add another ounce or two of hot water.
Which is commonly knows as spiced wine and served warm. Mulled wine is a traditional winter and Christmas time drink and has its origins in the 2nd century Rome. Mulled Wine was also a drink made by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
There’s no specific recipe for Mulled Wine but a common mixture seen below is usually made in larger batches unlike the other drinks mentioned above this is sort of like a bowl of punch:
To every pint of wine add a cup of water. Sugar and spice to taste.
First boil the spice in the water until the flavor of the spice comes out, like what you would do when brewing tea. Once this is done then add the wine and sugar and bring back to just the boiling point.
Top off with orange and lemon slices. The spices can consist of cinnamon, nutmeg, fennel seed, cloves and ginger.
Non alcohol and the classic hot chocolate drink
Hot Chocolate, for those who don’t drink alcohol and who have children at the festivities.
Hot Chocolate is an ole time classic and can be made in variations using milk chocolate, dark or white chocolate. Top it with whip cream and sprinkle it with cinnamon to make a festive touch.
It is believed the chocolate drink was created about 2500 years ago by the Maya. The coco drink was big part of the Aztec culture by 1400 AD. Later it was introduced to Europe from Mexico and until the 19th century was used as a medicine to treat ailments like liver and stomach problems.
Hot Coco was even thought to have been used to fight against fits of anger and bad moods. Well, a cup of hot coco always makes me feel better.
Chocolate has an amazing and interesting long history which can be found here if you want to know more.
Making hot coco from scratch: Heat milk in a sauce pan on medium for about 4 or 5 minutes.
Add some brown sugar (to taste) and dissolve in heated milk.
Stir in dark chocolate until melted, remove from heat, stir in cream and cinnamon.
You can top with whip cream and peppermint or mint. Just about any topping that sounds good. Or you can do it the easy way using a pre-made mix but topping it tops it all off and is a very soothing drink.
It is really about taste when adding these ingredients. Taste tests, yum.
Another traditional holiday beverage; (Egg-Nog can be served with a mixture of alcohol beverages too) Easy enough, expensive, but easy enough to go to the store and buy a half gallon. But what if you made your own this time?
Hot Toddy’s-Tom & Jerry-Hot Wine or Coco
What ever your taste, anyone of these can please your guests. Topping it off with some history makes it special and made by you makes it extra special. So have fun and remember; practice makes perfect.
I hope you enjoy your holidays.