Looking for some fantastic drink recipes to entertain your guests tonight? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s my four favorite drinks I’ll be entertaining family with and sipping on myself this Holiday weekend. And for our healthy weight-watching community, I’ve tagged the each drink on a scale from 1-4 on healthiest (1) to unhealthiest (4) based on calories.
Enjoy! (Oh, and if you’ve got one to add, don’t forget to comment on the post!)
Homemade Eggnog 4 – Danger! – Around these parts at least, it’s just not the holidays unless my dad comes home with 9 gallons of supermarket eggnog in a plastic jug. And luckily for me, one of the few simple pleasures of being an adult is the ability to recognize that however sweet and well-intentioned he was, my dad was cheap and his palate wasn’t what I would call refined or picky, and we don’t have to follow in those footsteps.
So honor dad’s legacy this year with this easy homemade eggnog recipe!
(Courtesy of Alton Brown and the Food Network)
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
- 1 pint whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 ounces bourbon
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 4 egg whites*
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Add the milk, cream, bourbon and nutmeg, and stir to combine. Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat to soft peaks. With the mixer still running gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Whisk the egg whites into the mixture. Chill and serve.
Cook’s Note: For cooked eggnog, follow procedure below.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, over high heat, combine the milk, heavy cream and nutmeg and bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and gradually temper the hot mixture into the egg and sugar mixture. Then return everything to the pot and cook until the mixture reaches 160 degrees F. Remove from the heat, stir in the bourbon, pour into a medium mixing bowl, and set in the refrigerator to chill.
In a medium mixing bowl, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. With the mixer running gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Whisk the egg whites into the chilled mixture.
My alteration: in a shaker, mix the eggnog and add a touch of Southern Comfort for a Holiday drink that will keep your guests humming!
Winter Sangria 1 – Safe! – Here’s a light refreshing drink that’s just perfect for the holidays and the weight watchers out there! I’ve added into my sangria mixes everything from peaches to grapes to strawberries, so go ahead and get creative – there’s not a combination of fruit and wine in the world that can go wrong!
(Courtesy of MyRecipes.com)
- 1 cup fresh satsuma orange juice (about 4 satsumas)
- 1 cup satsuma orange sections (about 2 satsumas)
- 1/3 cup Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
- 1/4 cup sugar $
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges $
- 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges $
- 1 (750-milliliter) bottle fruity red wine
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
Spicy Rum Punch 2 – Careful… – Cranberry juice, ginger, cider and cinnamon. Oh, and sugar. Need I say more?
(Courtesy Aaron Sanchez and the Food Network)
- 1 orange, zested
- 2 Mexican cinnamon sticks
- 5 whole cloves
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled ginger
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 (25 1/4-ounce) bottle sparkling cider (about 3 1/4 cups), chilled
- 4 cups cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
- 1 (1-liter) bottle club soda
- 1 cup dark rum
Bring the orange zest, cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger, water, and sugar to a boil in a small heavy saucepan, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat and then simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let steep, uncovered, for 1 hour.
Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, discarding the solids.
Combine the remaining ingredients with the spiced syrup in a punch bowl and stir. Add ice before serving.
The Mimosa 1 – Safe! – It’s engrained in the nature of our parents, and it’s an equation that is almost universally infallible – if dad loves eggnog, mom loves her mimosas. This is how we’ll be making ours comes Christmas morning:
- Freshly squeezed orange juice (try the Omega Citrus and Veggie Juicer!)
- Bottle of Veuve Clicquot
Mix 3 parts Veuve with 1 part orange juice by first pouring in the champagne, and gently pouring in the orange juice on top. Serve chilled with a strawberry wedge on the rim!
By the way, Veuve Clicquot is considered one of the finest champagnes in the world, and the sticker prices isn’t as shocking as you would think: I pick up my bottles at my local Total Wine for just $38.95 a pop, and it comes in a stunning box and package – making it the perfect gift for friends and family!