Classic Spiced Eggnog
Recipe by George Mahaffey at foodandwine.com
Makes 10 servings
- 2 tablespoons brandy
- ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons dark rum
- ¼ cup bourbon
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 6 large eggs (separated, farm-fresh recommended)
- 3 cups milk
- Put the egg yolk in a bowl and place over a saucepan of simmering water.
- Add 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the sugar and whisk over low heat until pale yellow and thick, about 5 minutes.
- Whisk in the milk, bourbon, rum and brandy and transfer to a large bowl.
- In another large bowl, whisk the egg whites with the remaining 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of sugar until very soft peaks form.
- Stir the whites into the yolk mixture.
- In a medium bowl, beat the heavy cream until lightly thickened.
- Fold the whipped cream and nutmeg into the eggnog and chill thoroughly. Whisk to reblend before serving.
Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour
Recipe by Kathryne Taylor at cookieandkate.com
Makes 1 cocktail
- 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) Bulleit bourbon or your bourbon of choice
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh lemon juice
- 2 to 4 teaspoons maple syrup, to taste (I like 3 teaspoons, which is the equivalent of ½ ounce or 1 tablespoon)
- Pinch of ground cinnamon, optional
- Fill a cocktail shaker or mason jar about two-thirds full with ice.
- Pour in the bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup and a pinch of ground cinnamon.
- Securely fasten the lid and shake well.
- Pour fresh ice into your cocktail glass and strain the cold whiskey sour mixture into the glass. Enjoy!
Giada De Laurentis’s Chocolate-Espresso Martini
Recipe by Giada De Laurentiis at foodnetwork.com
Makes 4 servings
- 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 2/3 cup brewed espresso, chilled
- 2/3 cup coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua
- 2/3 cup vanilla-flavored vodka
- Combine the chocolate and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl and place over a pan of barely simmering water.
- Stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth, 2 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Dip the rims of 4 martini glasses into the melted chocolate, allowing any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl.
- Chill the glasses in the freezer for 10 minutes.
- In a pitcher, mix together the espresso, coffee liqueur and vodka.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. In batches, add the vodka mixture and shake for 10 seconds.
- Strain the mixture into the prepared glasses and serve.