Holiday

Recipes for Non-Alcohol Holiday Drinks

While nearly everyone loves the holidays, not everyone enjoys adult holiday beverages. Below are two easy recipes that kids “from one to 92” can enjoy at your next get together with family and friends.

Eggnog

The staple item for every Christmas party is eggnog. To make this non-alcoholic eggnog you will need six large eggs plus two yolks (separate the yolks from the whites), 1/2 cup and two tablespoons of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, four cups of whole milk, one tablespoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg, and 1/2 cup of heavy cream (whipped to soft peaks).

You will first combine eggs, egg yolks, sugar, and salt in a heavy 4-quart pan. Use a whisk to combine the ingredients. You will then slowly pour milk into the pan while you continue whisking the mixture. Heat pan on low stirring continuously until the mixture reaches 160 degrees or is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Strain mixture through a fine strainer to remove any cooked egg. You will stir in the vanilla and nutmeg.

You will want to allow the eggnog to chill for at least four hours before serving. Once the eggnog is chilled you will fold the heavy cream that has been whipped into the eggnog. While this recipe may be time consuming, it is worth every minute.

New Year’s Eve “Mocktails”

When throwing a New Year’s Eve party, you can use drinks that look like their alcoholic counterparts. This type of drink is called a “mocktail” and is often made using the same ingredients as a traditional cocktail without the alcohol.
One popular “mocktail” for New Year’s Eve is the Cran-Raspberry Mocktini.

To make this drink you will need 1 tablespoon crushed raspberries, 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon of natural cranberry juice, splash of raspberry flavored sparkling water, and cranberries, sugar, and a lemon wedge for garnish.

Place the raspberries, lime juice, and ice into shaker and shake until chilled. Add cranberry juice and sparkling water mixing the ingredients thoroughly. Use the lemon wedge to make the rim of the glass wet and roll in sugar. Place cranberries in glass and pour juice mixture into glass. Enjoy!

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