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Traditional Holiday Drink Recipes From Mulled Wine to Wassail (Infographic)

This infographic tells the seasonal tale of 5 tried and tested holiday drink recipes that will knock your Christmas socks off! Perfect for entertaining or just as a special holiday treat to keep out the cold, these delicious traditional Christmas drinks will bring holiday cheer (and possibly a few fragile mornings) to all who partake in them.

We also include prep time, food pairings, and all the info you need to know about these classic concoctions, to impress your guests and astound them with your drink knowledge.

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Holiday Drinks Infographic

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Wassail Recipe

Difficulty: Low

Yield: 10-12 servings

Total Time: 1 ½ hours

Prep: 20 min

Inactive: 60 min

Cook: 10 min

Ingredients:

1 cup brown sugar
3 cups of water

½ cup brandy
12 whole cloves
6 allspice berries
2 tablespoons ground ginger
4 cinnamon sticks
8 lemons
10 oranges
1 quart of dry cider

Directions:

  1. Heat sugar and water – stir to dissolve sugar
  2. Boil 10 minutes
  3. Remove from heat and add all spices (can add in tied muslin bag if you don’t want floating elements) and let stand covered 1 hour in a warm place
  4. Add all squeezed juices, cider, and brandy
  5. Bring to a boil and serve immediately

Tasting Notes

Christmas pudding, cinnamon bun, and orange rind on the nose with sultana, sour apple, and brown sugar maltiness on the tongue.

Presentation

Serve Christmas drink  in Irish coffee glass, or small beer mug

Garnish with cinnamon sticks, dried fruit (apple, pear), dried ginger, and orange zest/slices

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Hot Buttered Rum Recipe

Difficulty: Low

Yield: 10-12 servings

Total Time: 25 mins

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 10 min

Ingredients:

1 stick unsalted butter

2 cups brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon grated nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

Pinch salt

Bottle dark Jamaican rum

2 tablespoons Crème Brule flavored ice cream

Small saucepan of boiling water

Directions

  1. Mix butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt
  2. Refrigerate until cold and semi-firm
  3. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture into mugs
  4. Pour 3 ounces of rum into each mug and top-off with boiling water
  5. Stir and serve immediately with a dollop of Ice cream

Tasting Notes

Christmas pudding and custard on the nose with a maple syrup and pancake mouthfeel and smooth bitter finish

Presentation

Serve in Irish coffee glass or small beer mug

Garnish with cinnamon stick and sprinkle of nutmeg

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Mulled Wine Recipe

Difficulty: Low

Yield: 10-12 servings

Total Time: 50 mins

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 45 min

Ingredients

2 bottles of dry red wine

1 lemon, sliced

3 clementines

2 sticks of cinnamon

6 whole cloves

6 tablespoons of sugar

5 whole star anise

½ teaspoon cardamom

½ teaspoon grated nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Pour the red wine into a large pot and begin heating over low heat (don’t boil).
  2. Peel off large sections of clementine and lemon skin before slicing the lemon and peeling and separating the clementine into pieces
  3. Add cinnamon, cloves, sugar, star anise, cardamom, nutmeg and fruit peelings (can add in tied muslin bag if you don’t want floating elements)
  4. Heat thoroughly, then add the lemon and clementine pieces
  5. Simmer the mixture about 45 minutes over low heat
  6. Serve immediately

Tasting Notes

Orange, foresty aroma with sultana and raisin on the tongue and a sweet, zesty finish

Presentation

Serve in Irish coffee glass or wine goblet

Garnish with orange slice, cinnamon stick, and slivered almonds (optional)

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Eggnog Recipe

Difficulty: Medium

Yield: 10-12 servings

Total Time: 6 ½ hours

  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Inactive: 6 hours

4 cups milk

5 whole cloves

½  teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

12 egg yolks

1 ½ cups sugar

2 ½ cups white rum

4 cups light cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

½  teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Combine milk, cloves, ½ teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan, and heat over lowest setting for 5 minutes, bringing to a slow boil
  2. In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar and whisk until fluffy
  3. Whisk hot milk mixture slowly into the eggs.
  4. Pour mixture into saucepan.
  5. Cook over medium heat (do not boil), stirring constantly for 3 minutes until thick Do not allow
  6. Strain to remove cloves and let cool for about an hour
  7. Stir in rum, cream, 2 teaspoon vanilla, and nutmeg
  8. Refrigerate overnight in a covered glass pitcher before serving

Tasting Notes

Melted vanilla mouthfeel and flavor with tasting notes of white chocolate, butterscotch, and nutmeg

Presentation

Serve in Irish coffee glass or wine goblet

Garnish with grated nutmeg and add a dollop of freshly whipped cream (optional)

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Tom and Jerry Recipe

Difficulty: High

Yield: 10-12 servings

Total Time: 30 min

  • Prep: 30 min

Difficulty: Medium

Yield: 10-12 servings

Total Time: 6 ½ hours

  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Inactive: 6 hours

Ingredients

12 eggs, separated

½ teaspoon salt

1 pound butter, room temperature

3 pounds confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground allspice

1 bottle of white rum

1 bottle of brandy

Directions

  1. Beat egg whites and salt in a mixing bowl until stiff peaks form
  2. Beat the egg yolks to soft peaks in a separate bowl
  3. Beat the butter and confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy
  4. Fold in the egg yolks and vanilla to the butter mixture
  5. Stir in the nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and the egg whites and beat into a batter (this mix can be frozen or refrigerated for several weeks)
  6. When serving, add a generous spoon of batter, 1 tbsp. rum, and 1 tbsp. of brandy
  7. Slowly pour in hot water and dust with nutmeg.

Tasting Notes

Roasted marshmallow aroma on the nose with French crepe and Crème Brule flavors on the tongue and a strong, spicy finish

Presentation

Serve in Irish coffee glass or small beer mug

Garnish with grated nutmeg

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Want to See More Recipes and Holiday Posts?

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