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kelseyfrost Dec 10, 2007 03:53 PM

I'm planning on hosting a birthday/holiday party this coming weekend, and to avoid much recycling, we wanted to make some nice winter cocktails to supplement a keg of some sort. My drinking habits don't go much beyond beer, wine and a scotch or whiskey straight up. What are some of your favorite winter party drink recipes?

  1. slobhan Dec 20, 2007 06:49 AM

    If you have a budget, I like putting out a few cocktail ingredients with recipe cards, like Old Fashioneds, Manhattans, Sazeracs (as you can see I like bourbon & rye).

    Sugarplum brandy cider makes a nice big batch (from my employer):
    http://imbibemagazine.blogspot.com/20...

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      fussycouple Dec 19, 2007 03:50 AM

      Hot buttered rum toddies. Simple, warm, and good.

      1. Juniper Dec 18, 2007 06:01 PM

        Hot mulled whiskey. Canadian Club (or equivalent), with cloves, cinnamon, ginger and a simple syrup, served in a mug with a curl of orange zest.

        1. gatorfoodie Dec 17, 2007 01:15 PM

          I made a butternut sqaush apple cider at my last party. It was a big time hit.

          Saute half a butternut squash (peeled, cubed, seeded) in a little butter just to soften it up. Add a couple cinnamon sticks, a star anise, and some cloves. Add a gallon or so of fresh cider. Simmer but don't boil. Leave the top off and your house will smell incredible.

          I had a couple options for finishing it and left the decision to the drinker: Calvados, Captain Morgan, and believe it or not Captain Morgan

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          1. re: gatorfoodie
            2top Dec 19, 2007 10:28 AM

            BUTTERNUT & FALERNUM
            Ingredients

            2 oz. Matusalem Gran Reserva Rum
            3/4 oz. John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum Liqueur
            grated fresh nutmeg to garnish
            2 oz. butternut squash jus, created with:
            8lb butternut squash
            5 tablespoons brown sugar
            5 tablespoons brown butter
            Instructions
            Make approximately 16 oz. of butternut squash jus by juicing the squash. Simmer juice to reduce by one third, add 5 tablespoons of brown sugar and stir until dissolved. Add 5 tablespoons of brown butter to the juice and refrigerate overnight. Pass through a sieve to remove the butter solids.
            Into a cocktail mixer pour 2 oz. of butternut squash and add the remaining ingredients except nutmeg.
            Shake and strain into a double rocks glass 3/4 filled with fresh ice cubes.
            Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

          2. stellamystar Dec 14, 2007 12:27 PM

            Today on Martha she took a bottle of vodka, and made an ice mold around it filled with holly, springs of spruce in one. Limes & Cranberry in the other. She wrapped a cloth napkin around it so you could hold it. It was a very nice and looked great. Keeps the vodka very cold.

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              millygirl Dec 15, 2007 10:26 AM

              Love it, great idea re: ice mould. I also like manhattan's in the winter. Other ideas would be black russians, peppermint patties, grasshoppers, golden cadillacs, which are much sweeter.
              The best though at this time of year is A Mistletoe -
              1 oz vodka, 1/2 cassis, top with cranberry juice. Top with ice and sprinkle a frozen cranberry or two. Deelish, and very girlie.

            2. mamaciita Dec 12, 2007 05:26 PM

              I love Sangria, and it goes over gorgeously at parties. Here's my (often altered) recipe:

              1 bottle red wine
              1 cup juice (I like the Tropicana refrigerated mixed berry flavor)
              1/2 cup triple sec, Grand Marnier, brandy or cognac
              2 T sugar
              sliced oranges, lemons, limes, and/or apples, strawberries, grapes, pineapple, peaches, etc.

              If I have time, I marinate the fruit in the liqueur, juice, and sugar for a day or more before stirring in the wine. In winter, I add a few cloves, a cinnamon stick, and a star anise pod.

              I usually make 4-6 batches and serve out of a big glass cookie jar.

              My favorite winter cocktail mix came from Gourmet last Christmas:

              http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/dri...

              I make the cranberry mix, chill it, and use it for cranberry margaritas (HEAVENLY!), champagne cocktails, vodka tonics, etc.

              1. AlaskaChick Dec 12, 2007 01:05 PM

                How about - Hot mulled/spiced wine, well spiked eggnog, a cranberrybased punch, and some basic spirits and mixers?

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