12.17.2015

How To Make Crowd-Pleasing Cocktails

Sure, your guests are appreciative of a nice glass of Prosecco. But why not up your game and prepare a signature cocktail this season?

Both of these recipes can be made in batches. Don’t fear cleanup — your InSinkErator® can handle the mess, including cored apples and egg yolks.

Cheers!

Winter Sangria

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Yield:
10-12 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
1 bottle sweet red wine
1 bottle apple-cranberry sparkling cider 1⁄4 cup Triple Sec
1⁄2 a pomegranate, seeded
2 oranges, sliced
1 red apple, sliced and cored
1 cup fresh cranberries
Fresh rosemary for garnish

  1. Combine fruit into a large glass pitcher
  2.  Slowly pour red wine and Triple Sec into pitcher
  3.  Gentle stir ingredients to combine. Allow to chill before serving, at least one hour, up to overnight, which allows the fruit to soak up the flavors
  4. Add sparkling cider into the pitcher just before serving
  5.  Garnish with fresh sprigs of rosemary

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Spiced Rum Eggnog

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Yield: 4-6 servings Prep Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
4 cups whole milk
1 cup granulated sugar
12 egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream
1⁄2 cup spiced rum
1⁄4 cup coffee liqueur
Grated nutmeg
Grated cinnamon
4-6 cinnamon sticks and raw sugar for garnish (optional)

  1. Combine milk and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved, stirring constantly as to not scorch the milk
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  2. Using a stand or hand mixer, whip egg yolks for 2-3 minutes
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  3. With the mixer still running on low, slowly pour the milk and sugar mixture into the yolks in a steady stream to prevent the yolks from curdling
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  4. Return the mixture to saucepan and stir for 15-20 minutes over medium-low heat using a wooden spoon. Do not allow it simmer. Mixture is ready when it has thickened enough to coat the back of the spoon.
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  5. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a medium-sized bowl. Gently stir in the rum and coffee liqueur, followed by the heavy cream. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let it chill in the refrigerator before serving
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  6. Prepare glasses for serving by dipping the rim of the glass into simple syrup (sugar + water) and then dipping it in raw sugar
  7. Serve chilled, garnished with grated nutmeg and cinnamon and a cinnamon stick
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For more holiday recipes we love, check out Southern Living’s “37 Spirited Cocktails We Love.

And remember, as always, please drink responsibility this holiday season.