After Dinner Christmas Cocktail
Any ideas for an after dinner cocktail on Christmas Eve? Our family likes Baileys, champagne, or maybe a warm drink to go with a chocolate dessert. Any ideas? Thank you!
If I may suggest, have the hot drink after dessert. My suggestion is classic hot buttered rum.
Mix up some hot buttered rum batter:
1 pound dark brown sugar
1 stick softened butter
1/2 teaspoon each ground nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves
pinch of salt
Beat everything with an electric mixer until thoroughly creamed and fluffy. Store it in the fridge. It keeps for an obscenely long time in the fridge; I found a small tub of it hiding in the back of my fridge for about a year and it still tastes just fine.
Now that you have your batter, put a generous teaspoon of it and 1-1/2 ounces light rum in a mug, top off with hot water (6 to 8 ounces depending on your mug), stir to dissolve the batter, and serve. For bonus points, keep a small poker in the fire and stick it into a drink just before you serve it.
You can do a couple of variations on the theme. Dark rum, brandy, or bourbon can be substituted for the light rum. You can also switch out the hot water for steamed milk, which makes the drink a Hot Buttered Rum Cow. Be warned with the Hot Buttered Rum Cow, it is a very relaxing drink. Make sure it's your last beverage of the night, for blissful slumber will follow shortly.
Can't see why not... I'll have to try it some time.
Oh, I should have mentioned that you want the water to be close to boiling when you add it. Since the rum is room temperature, it cools off pretty fast. At work, we mix the drink with hot water and then use the steamer wand on the espresso machine to bring it back up to temperature. The poker is a bit more spectacular, of course.
Not sure if coffee is your family's thing, but Cafe Brulot is what I would serve.
Grand marnier and cognac, heated in a chaffing dish with brown sugar and cinnamon.
Flamed with orange and lemon peels and cloves. Douse the flames with a pot of hot, strong black coffee. Serve.
It's the finale to our annual New Orleans open house and a huge hit.
Just an idea.
great holiday drink but have been known to sling some back on a non-holiday too!
Nuts and Berries Recipe
1/2 oz Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
1/2 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur
2 oz cream
serve chilled up or on the rocks