The holidays are here. Cue the Bing Crosby, ugly sweater parties and eggnog. It’s one of our favorite times of the year and we’re ready for all of the above. Well, all of the above sans the eggnog.
Actually, a quick office debate of whether or not to serve eggnog ended in a stalemate. It’s the same for every holiday party we attend: Some guests love it, others hate it. So why does eggnog remain a staple for the holidays? We’re going to skip the great eggnog debate and move along to a few drinks we think make excellent eggnog alternatives.
Cool Red Apple
Apple cider is another great drink for the holidays, and possibly the only one that gives eggnog a run for its money. That’s why Cool Red Apple is our first choice here.
Apples, thinly sliced
RELAX Cool Red
Measure out about 3 ounces of Cool Red and pour it into your glass first. Add 4.5 ounces of the apple cider, then garnish it with an apple slice.
Some know this Scandinavian drink as Glögg, but to keep our friend, the little German, happy (and make sure we get invited to his holiday parties), we’re calling ours Glühwein. It’s a mulled wine served hot around this time of year in Germany. It consists of a wide range of spices and wines.
1 750 ml bottle Fünf Sweet Red
8 whole cloves
2 sticks of cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
Using a large saucepan, combine your sugar, water and cinnamon sticks. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer.
While the mixture simmers, halve the orange and squeeze the juices into your saucepan. Press your cloves into the outside of the orange peel and place in saucepan. Simmer for 30 minutes or until the mixture becomes syrup-like.
Add the wine and bring the mixture’s temperature back up so that it is steaming, but not simmering. Strain the mixture into a large pot. Serve in mugs.
If you don’t want to make it, mein friends, keep an eye out for Schmitt Söhne Gluewin.
Chilled Mulled Riesling
We’re taking this one from a great blog, “Morsels & Musings.” It’s a different take on traditional mulled wine, which is served hot. Anna, the author, said her friends seemed to love it or at least not mind it. We figure that’s better results than egg nog, and were intrigued by a mulled wine that used Riesling! Click here for the recipe.
Have a favorite recipe? We want to know what it is! We’re always trying out new wine concoctions.
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