Gastronomy  'Tis the season to be jolly... with festive drinks!
20/12/201600:00 TV5MONDE

With Christmas and New Year's Eve just around the corner, try these festive, crowd-pleaser drinks at home! Trust us when we say these are really easy to make. Please be sure to go over the list of ingredients to check for any dietary concerns you may have. There are many variations of these drinks, so feel free to get creative to fine-tune your preferred taste!
 


So let's get started and make some mulled wine, eggnog and Cocoa!

 
Mulled Wine
What you'll need (to make 8 servings) 
  • 1 orange, sliced and seeded
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 bottle red wine

The how-do
  • Combine the orange, sugar, water, and spices in a large pot and put it on your stove. Do not use a plastic pot.
  • Slowly bring to a boil and then reduce the heat. Afterwards, simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat, add wine and reheat slowly. Do not bring to a boil.
  • Serve warm in mugs, glasses, decorate them with anise, slices of lemon...get creative!
     

Eggnog

What you'll need (to make 20 cups)  
  • 12 large egg whites
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 12 egg yolks
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 7 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups light rum
  • 1 cup whiskey (rye or scotch)
  • 1 dash nutmeg

The how-do
  • Take a large bowl and put in egg whites. Beat until they start to thicken.
  • Add 1 cup sugar and beat it until the mixture thickens.
  • Take another large bowl and beat egg yolks and salt until it thickens.
  • Combine the beaten egg whites with yolks. Again, stir it until the mixture becomes thick.  
  • Take one more large container and beat cream in it, until it starts to thicken.
  • Add 2 tbsp sugar & vanilla to the beaten cream.
  • Add milk, rum & whiskey beating continually (for non alcoholic eggnog omit the alcohol and add artificial rum flavoring doing it a tsp at a time until you achieve the desired taste).
  • Combine all the ingredients, and chill.
  • Serve with a garnish of a sprinkle of nutmeg on top of each glass. 
     

Candy Cane Hot Cocoa

 
What you'll need (to make 4 servings)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 standard size candy canes crushed into a fine powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half cream

The how-to
  • In a saucepan, bring water to boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium and stir in cocoa powder, candy cane powder, sugar, and salt until smooth.
  • Reduce heat to medium heat and add milk and half-and-half.
  • Allow the hot chocolate to come to a simmer but not boiling.
  • Pour hot cocoa into four mugs.
Tips: garnish with mini marshallows and candy canes. If you want to sprinkle on candy canes, place the candy inside a ziploc bag and crush them. It's a mess-free method to decorate your drink!
 
Bon Appétit and Happy Holidays to everyone!

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