The holidays are steeped in storied traditions — putting up a tree, family gatherings and watching the Christmas movie marathons studiously, as if there were a quiz after the credits. Before you commit to the couch in an effort to watch at least 17 of the 24 hours of “A Christmas Story,” consider these movies and their liquid counterparts to add some holiday spice to your routine this year.
1. Elf, with a Buddy’s Mug
We’ve traveled through the seven levels of the Candy Cane Forest, and the holidays are finally here. “Elf” quickly became a classic, but how many times can you really laugh at Buddy the Elf jumping onto the Christmas tree to hang the star? OK, that part actually never gets old, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little “syrup” to your mug with this elf-approved concoction. The best part? It has one of the four main food groups in it: candy canes!
2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce peppermint Schnapps
1 cup of lemon-lime soda
1 lemon slice
1 candy cane
Mix the gin and Schapps in a tumbler (or a mug, just like Buddy’s “syrup” concoction) over ice. Squeeze the lemon into the mix and drop in the slice. Add the soda. Stir with the candy cane and serve immediately.
2. Gremlins, with a Little Monster Mash
What does this 1984 horror-comedy hodgepodge have to do with the holidays, you ask? The movie starts with a man buying his son a Mogwai, or a Furby-like living creature, for Christmas. The Mogwai comes with three instructions: No bright lights, no water and no food after midnight. They break all the rules, and chaos ensues.
Enjoy this sweet concoction while watching a neighborhood get a monstrous surprise for the holidays.
Little Monster Mash
1 ounce Fünf Sweet Red
1 ounce vodka
5 ounces Monster Energy Drink
Mix and serve on ice
3. Christmas Vacation, with Merry Moose Eggnog
Ready for a good old fashioned movie chocked full of dreaded family visits, one liners and fried cats? Well dust off those moose mugs and dig out the ugly holiday sweater, because Chevy Chase is at his best for this Christmas classic. Don’t have the moose mugs? We’ve already found those for you, and a tasty drink to fill them (but it does take some time to make, so get started about five or six hours before you plan to drink them).
Merry Moose Eggnog
6 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
4 cups whole milk
3/4 cup heavy cream
8 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup bourbon
Dash of salt
Whisk eggs, egg yolks, sugar and salt together in a large bowl. Continue whisking while adding milk. Mix thoroughly. Heat mixture on low heat in a large frying pan and whisk for half an hour or until mixture thickens. Remove mixture from heat, strain out any cooked egg. In a large bowl, stir in bourbon, nutmeg and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for five hours. Before serving, whisk in heavy whipping cream. Makes about a dozen servings.
4. The Muppet Christmas Carol, a Kahlua Kermit
Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Story” was first published in 1843, and since 1938 there have been over a dozen movies of the classic tale. You can take your pick on one to be your favorite, but we’re going with the Muppet version. We can’t think of a better drink to pair with this heart-warming tale other than a hot chocolate (with a little coffee liqueur, of course). As a tribute to Kermit’s spectacular role as Bob Cratchit, we’re dubbing this one the Kahlua Kermit.
1.5 ounce Kahlua coffee liquor
6 ounces hot chocolate
Pretty easy: Make your hot chocolate as you normally would (we like to use milk instead of water), add your Kahlua and top it off with your marshmallows.
5. Die Hard, with a Christmas Cowboy
Alright, so you’re still feeling like Scrooge? Looking for something with a little less cheer and a lot more fear? How about a film about a detective who just wants to spend Christmas with his wife, but to do so he must go toe-to-toe with a group of terrorist who have taken her hostage? Yeah, that’s more your style. Well yippee-ki-yay, my friends, let’s get to mixing up your drink.
3 ounces of bourbon
1 tsp powdered sugar
Sprig of mint
Put the sugar in a tumbler. Pour in your bourbon, then the ice. Stir. Add your mint. That’s it, welcome to the party, pal.
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