Behind the Bar: Holiday Drinks

There are so many things to look forward to during the holiday season: the parties, the music, the food, the movies and, most importantly, the drinks!

To kick off the holidays, we’ve collected three of our favorite drink specialties offering a twist on classics like eggnog and apple cider. We hope you enjoy them – drink up!

Holiday Chocolate Eggnog

Ingredients
4 cups milk
4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
7 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional: whipped cream

Directions

Bring milk and cocoa powder to boil in a heavy saucepan. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar. Slowly pour milk mixture into eggs, stirring constantly to avoid cooking the eggs.

Pour mixture back into the saucepan; add cinnamon. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it coats the back of your spoon. Pour custard through a sieve (strainer) into a clean bowl. Stir in cream and vanilla.

Cool and chill for at least 4 hours, but no more than 24 hours. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg if desired.

If you would like to spike this eggnog, it goes great with Captain Morgan rums. Captain Morgan has some new brands out that look really interesting, like a Jack-O Blast Pumpkin Spiced Rum or a Cannon Blast Spiced. If you decide to spike your glass, add 2 ounces of rum.

Down Home Punch

Ingredients
1 cup Tito’s Handmade Vodka
¼ cup orange-flavored cognac liqueur
1 cup pomegranate juice
½ cup lemonade
½ cup orange juice
1 cup soda
A dash or two of cinnamon
Frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries) 

Non Alcoholic Version
1 ¼ cup pomegranate juice
1 cup lemonade
1 cup orange juice
1 cup club soda
A dash or two of cinnamon
Frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries)

Directions

Combine all ingredients. Serve over ice in a bowl or a pitcher.

Hot Apple Cider

Ingredients
4 whole cinnamon sticks
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
8 whole allspice berries
1 orange peel
1 lemon peel
1/2 cup maple syrup
6 cups unfiltered apple juice
1/2 cup Dark Rum (optional) 

Preparation
(Adapted from AllRecipes.com.)

Place cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in a medium saucepan. Pour in maple syrup and apple juice, then bring to an almost-boil. Reduce the heat to its lowest setting and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and serve in mugs.

Of course, great drinks aren’t limited to the holiday season. Visit your local Cheddar’s any time of the year for a Painkiller, Texas Margarita, or Texas Sweet Tea. We hope to see you soon!

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