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Open House and Holiday Party Drinks

It’s been a while since I did recipes but a friend reached out to Facebook friends for their favorite holiday drinks.  I remember making these many times and they’re all delicious and potent.  Especially the Open House Punch.  I’d suggest a holiday key bowl to collect keys from attendees or have a shuttle available.

2014 Open House PunchThis first one, Open House Punch, holy Christmas y’all.  It’s potent AND delicious.

  • 1 fifth Southern Comfort
  • 3 qts. 7 up
  • 6 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 6oz can frozen lemonade
  • 6 oz can frozen orange juice

This will be going into a 64 oz Punch Bowl.

Defrost the frozen concentrates.  Add all the ingredients into the punch bowl and stir until all the ingredients are well mixed.  Add ice or create decorative ice cubes by freezing maraschino cherries, or lemon slices, or orange slices.   This recipe calls for 7 Up but I’m a Sprite fan.  I think any lemon lime soda will work well.  You could also use diet soda.

2014 Freezer slushThe next part drink was my Aunt Mary Jeans favorite for the holidays.  She called it Freezer Slush.  This does not require a punch bowl but you should have a very large food storage container with a lid.

  • 4 c water
  • 1 c strong tea
  • 1 6 oz frozen orange juice, thawed
  • 1 6oz frozen lemonade, thawed
  • 1 1/2 c bourbon of choice
  • 1/4 c. sugar

Mix all these ingredients into the plastic container and place in the freezer.  Mix occasionally.  This needs to be in the freezer for at least 24 hours to make the slush work.

To create a drink, fill a glass 1/2 full of the slush mixture and add 7 UP or Sprite.  Add garnishes.

2014 Max and ermas sangriaI love Sangria and this one is fantastic at holiday time.  It’s from Max and Ermas.  I really enjoyed it and asked the bartender for the recipe.

  • 1 6 oz frozen orange juice, thawed
  • 1 6 oz frozen lemonade, thawe
  • 1 bottle of Sutter Home Merlot
  • 1/2 c Bar Syrup
  • Triple sec
  • Sprite
  • Limes cut in wedges
  • Lemons in small slices

In a large plastic pitcher add the orange juice, lemonade, wine, and bar Syrup.  Mix all to these together.  Keep refrigerated.

To prepare the drink:  in a rocks glass add ice.  Squeeze two lime wedges over the ice then add 1/2 a glass of sangria, a splash of Triple sec, and the remainder with Sprite.  Stir.  Add garnishes.MY FAV.  T’die for!

2014 Egg NogThis Egg Nog recipe is very close to Fred Haun’s, use to be my hubby’s boss years ago, recipe.  I just couldn’t believe how much stuff was in the recipe.  I just know it was out of this world good.  This one is very similar and comes from Esquire.  This is the exact recipe from Esquire – I did not write this.

  • 12 egg(s)
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 pint cognac
  • 1/2 pint dark rum
  • 1 pint milk
  • 1/2 pint heavy cream
  • nutmeg

Separate the eggs, putting aside the whites for the moment. Beat the yolks strenuously, slowly adding in the granulated sugar. Continue at tempo until the sugar is entirely dissolved. Slowly pour in the cognac, stirring all the while. Follow with the rum. Pouring the liquor into the yolks has the effect of cooking them more lovingly than any stove could. Now stir in the milk and heavy cream. (The cream may be whipped, but this makes the result a bit rich, so to some tastes, plain cream is preferable.)

Clean off the egg-beating equipment and go at the whites until they will stand without toppling. Fold the whites into the general mixture, then stir in grated nutmeg. If the outcome is too sweet to suit your taste, splash about a little extra cognac (or a lot, if Aunt Henrietta isn’t watching too closely). This will serve about 10 people. For convenience’s sake, some people make this eggnog the day before the party and put it in the refrigerator. Parked there — or even on the pantry windowsill — it will keep perfectly for several days if air-tight glass jars are used.

So enjoy y’all.

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