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Cookoff 2.0 #24 - Holidays Beverages

Postby ghenne » Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:18 pm

Cookoff 2.0 #1 - Heat Infusion - Parrothead
Cookoff 2.0 #2 - Tomatoes - Unknown Foodie
Cookoff 2.0 #3 - Butternut Squash - Jackiecat
Cookoff 2.0 #4 - Fennel - Nolafoodie
Cookoff 2.0 #5 - Grains of Paradise - PattyE
Cookoff 2.0 #6 - Eggplant - Geimerst
Cookoff 2.0 #7 - Soup - Pixie
Cookoff 2.0 #8 - Ribs - Dan
Cookoff 2.0 #9 - Citrus fruit - Moonablaze
Cookoff 2.0 #10 - Clams - Thierry
Cookoff 2.0 #11 - Ground Beef - Parrothead
Cookoff 2.0 #12 - Olives - Grovite
Cookoff 2.0 #13 - Slaw - Nolafoodie
Cookoff 2.0 #14 - Peppercorns - Grovite
Cookoff 2.0 #15 - Yogurt - Eye4got
Cookoff 2.0 #16 - Summer Squash - Nolafoodie
Cookoff 2.0 #17 - Collards - ajkdvm
Cookoff 2.0 #18 - Lemongrass - Fleur
Cookoff 2.0 #19 - Summer herbs: basil/parsley/oregano/etc. - ajkdvm
Cookoff 2.0 #20 - Tapas and party bites
Cookoff 2.0 #21 - Fall Squash - ajkdvm
Cookoff 2.0 #22- Cauliflower- altonfaninmd
Cookoff 2.0 #23 - Holiday Cookies - ghenne

In keeping with the theme I say HOLIDAY BEVERAGES! Punches, mixers, hot toddies, cocktails....bring 'em on.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #24 - Holidays Beverages

Postby eye4got » Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:36 pm

Exquisite Irish Coffee
This isn't about making a quick drink; this is about the satisfaction you get from doing of a job well.
It's more of a process than a recipe. All ingredients are measured according to your own taste.

Ingredients:
Your favorite brand of coffee (don't use flavored coffee)
Water
Irish Whiskey
Sugar (Demerara or Turbinado)
Whipped Cream (you're going all out here, so don't use the canned stuff; grab a whisk and a bowl instead)
Green Creme de Menthe (optional)

Directions:
Make a batch of your favorite coffee in your French Press. While it's brewing:
Whip the cream to stiff peaks and stash it in the fridge.
Get out your favorite oversized coffee mug. Traditional Irish Coffee mugs are just gosh-darned small.
Pour in a shot or three of Irish whiskey.
Add a heaping teaspoon of sugar.
Swirl the mug around to partially dissolve the sugar in the whiskey.
When the coffee is ready, fill the mug about one third of the way full with coffee, and stir to dissolve the sugar.
Fill the mug the rest of the way with coffee, but be sure to leave room for the whipped cream.
Give the mug another quick stir to mix everything together.
Top the mug with as much whipped cream as you like.
(Optional) Drizzle on a few drops of Green Creme de Menthe for a bit of color and minty goodness. Don't overdo it.
Sip the coffee through the cream.
Feel the warmth work its way down to your toes.
Repeat as needed.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #24 - Holidays Beverages

Postby tj » Wed Dec 16, 2009 11:52 pm

My old standby: Cranberry juice and Meyer's rum with a thin slice of lemon in a sparkly glass.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #24 - Holidays Beverages

Postby Jules » Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:55 pm

I recently found myself enjoying one of these over lunch with some new friends and think it'd be a lovely way to toast the new year.

Mortons Pomegrante Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients:
Cinnamon sugar
2 drops peach bitters
1 sugar cube
1/2 oz. Pomegrante liqueur
1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
Chilled Champagne or Sparkling Wine

Instructions:
Rim a champagne flute with cinnamon sugar. Add bitters directly on to the sugar cube & place it into the bottom of the flute. Pour the pomegrante liqueur & Grand Marnier over the sugar cube. Fill the rest of the flute with champagne/sparkling wine. Repeat as desired. ;-)
I'm impressed ... and happy. Not "surprised" ... but happy.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #24 - Holidays Beverages

Postby nolafoodie » Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:52 pm

This drink was below my radar until last winter, when DH and I were in Amman for IVF. A very popular winter beverage enjoyed throughout the Middle East is sahlab (AKA salep, later co-opted by the British and named saloop). Its flavor and texture comes from its main ingredient, the ground tubers of the salep orchid. This tuber is mucilaginous, so it makes for a nice, thick beverage -- imagine a hot, drinkable custard, a little bit thicker than eggnog. Salep powder (and I mean real salep powder, as opposed to the artificially flavored instant mix readily found in international grocery stores) is hard to come by in the U.S., but the flavor is somewhat similar to vanilla. So, rather than prepare the generally awful instant mix, home cooks in the U.S. use vanilla extract and corn starch to approximate the flavor and texture of the real thing.

Sahlab/Salep/Saloop

Serves 2

2 cups milk
2 tablespoons corn starch
1-2 tablespoons sugar, to taste (sugar substitute can also be used)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
sprinkling of rose water and/or orange blossom water (optional)
few pinches ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons grated coconut (the fine kind)
1 tablespoon raisins (golden raisins are more traditionally used)

Combine milk, corn starch, and sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stirring occasionally, bring to a simmer until thickened. Stir in vanilla, rose/orange water (optional), 2 pinches cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon coconut. Divide into two cups and top with remaining coconut, a sprinkling of cinnamon, and raisins.

Serve with a spoon. The beverage is sippable, but by the time you finish the drink, there will be a layer of coconut and now-plump raisins at the bottom of the cup.

The above recipe doesn't seem all that appealing, but believe me, the finished product is worth it. When DH explained to me what sahlab is, I didn't think it would be good, but once I tasted it, sold by a street vendor on a cold winter night, I was hooked. :)
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #24 - Holidays Beverages

Postby eye4got » Sat Dec 19, 2009 4:58 am

Hot Mulled Cider

2 qt unfiltered apple cider
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 oranges, scrubbed
10 whole cloves
10 allspice berries
6 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. nutmeg

Directions:

Place cloves and allspice in a mulling bag or tea infuser. (I like to break them coarsely with a mortar & pestle first)
Put cider, spices, sugar and 1 orange (sliced) in large saucepan.
Bring to boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Remove spices.
Serve warm with orange wedge or apple slice

Note: For an alcoholic version of this drink, add brandy, applejack or rum (spiced rum works great) after reducing the heat to a simmer.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #24 - Holidays Beverages

Postby Charlene » Sat Dec 19, 2009 6:16 pm

Holiday Wassail

Comments: This is a great drink to have at a holiday party.

Ingredients: 64 ounces orange juice
64 ounces apple juice
32 ounces cranberry juice
1 stick cinnamon
1 orange, sliced
cloves to stud orange slices
12 ounce can frozen lemonade


Combine all of the above and heat to simmer. Serve warm. A crock-pot works great to serve this from.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #24 - Holidays Beverages

Postby Butterbean » Sun Dec 20, 2009 8:51 am

Kir Royale

Cassis liqueur
Champagne

Measure a pony (1 oz) of Cassis into a champagne flute. Add chilled Champagne. Drink.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #24 - Holidays Beverages

Postby Pixietoes » Mon Dec 28, 2009 2:36 pm

Russian Sleighride

1 part kahlua
1 part vodka
3 parts egg nog

Pour over ice and stir to chill. Serve in old fashioned glasses.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #24 - Holidays Beverages

Postby Pixietoes » Mon Dec 28, 2009 2:41 pm

Dirty Snowball

3 oz Bailey's
1 oz peppermint schnapps
4 oz milk

Mix liquors and divide over ice in 2 old fashioned glasses. Top with ice cold milk and serve.
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #24 - Holidays Beverages

Postby Charlene » Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:01 pm

Happy Coffee

1 1/2 oz Bailey's Irish Cream
1/2 oz creme de cacao
1/2 oz brandy
4 oz hot coffee
1 1/2 oz whipped cream

Mix alcohols, add coffee, top with whipped cream, and serve.

I call this "Happy Coffee" because it makes me VERY happy :dance:

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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #24 - Holidays Beverages

Postby Kiddo » Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:24 pm

Charlene wrote:Happy Coffee

1 1/2 oz Bailey's Irish Cream
1/2 oz creme de cacao
1/2 oz brandy
4 oz hot coffee
1 1/2 oz whipped cream

Mix alcohols, add coffee, top with whipped cream, and serve.

I call this "Happy Coffee" because it makes me VERY happy :dance:

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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #24 - Holidays Beverages

Postby Charlene » Fri Jan 01, 2010 5:52 pm

Caramel Appletini

This is one of my favorites!

1 1/2 oz Vanilla Vodka
1 1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
1 oz Apple Pucker Liquor
Caramel sauce (optional)

Drizzle caramel sauce into a chilled martini glass. Shake remaining ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into prepared glass.

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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #24 - Holidays Beverages

Postby PattyE » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:15 am

From my friend, who lives in South Carolina. She makes it as a refreshing summer drink, but it's fun to serve "Slush" in winter, as a holiday beverage, too!

Slush

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add 4 tea bags. Steep and cool. Boil 7 cups of water and add 2 cups of sugar. Mix thoroughly and cool. Mix tea and sugar water. Add the following: l (12 oz) frozen orange juice concentrate, 1 (12 oz) frozen lemonade concentrate, 2 cups whiskey. Mix well and freeze in several containers. (I like to use pint size.) To serve, fill a glass half full with slush mixture and finish filling with 7-Up or sprite. Very refreshing and can sneak up on you if you're not careful! :wink:
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #24 - Holidays Beverages

Postby ghenne » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:54 pm

I almost forgot to pick a winner!

It wasn't easy to choose, cause honestly, there were like 8 of these drinks I wanted to make immediately, but I finally chose Charlene's Caramel Appletini. I'm a sucker for caramel anything and the appletini part ain't so bad either!

Take it away Char! :D
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Re: Cookoff 2.0 #24 - Holidays Beverages

Postby Charlene » Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:56 am

I'm going to go out on a limb here and ask for the next cookoff to be about "Pressure Cooker Recipes"!

I got a new pressure cooker and I love it, and I'm looking for more ideas.

Good Luck!

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