Holiday Guide: Bartending this holiday season

Rebecca Savransky, Managing Editor

The holidays are a great time to experiment with your bartending skills and give those drinks you’ve always wanted a try. Whether it’s drinking to drown out your parents and family members or get yourself a little more into the holiday spirit, here are some great drinks that are sure to get the job done — if you’re over 21, that is.

Hot Dulce de Leche


2 cups milk
1/2 cup dulce de leche
1 shot rum

Heat two cups of milk and one-half cup of dulce de leche in a pan, whisking until frothy. Add a shot of rum. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

Candy Cane Cocktail


1 shot vanilla rum
1 shot white chocolate liquor
1 shot peppermint schnapps
Crushed candy cane

Add all liquid ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into martini glass.

Mulled Wine with Cranberries


1 1/2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
1/2 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
3 cups dry red wine
1/2 cup fresh cranberries

Combine the cranberry juice cocktail, sugar and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan. Simmer for 15 minutes. Stir the wine and cranberries and bring back to a simmer.

Homemade Eggnog Cocktail


6 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups brandy
1 cup milk

Beat egg yolks, 1/4 cup sugar, nutmeg, salt and vanilla together until very thick and light yellow. Slowly beat in brandy and milk. Cover and chill overnight. Shortly before serving, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. Gradually beat in remaining 1/4 cup sugar, beat this mixture to sof peaks again, creating a meringue-like cream. Slowly pour this cream over the chilled brandy mixture, folding gently. Serve with nutmeg over the top for garnish.

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