The Ultimate Cocktail & Spirit List You’ll Need For Your Holiday Parties This Season

Fun Holiday Recipes:

SCOTCH EGG-NOG CLUB

  • 2 parts DEWAR’S 12-Year-Old Blended Scotch Whisky
  • 3–4 parts hot cocoa
  • Whipped Cream
  1. Combine all ingredients in mixing glass.
  2. Add ice to mixing glass.
  3. Stir to chill (about 15 seconds).
  4. Strain into highball over large ice cube (if available) or three pellets.
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 to 1 1/2 cup Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
  • Spoonful of Algarrobina
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to serve
  1. Separate the eggs: Separate the eggs, placing the yolks in one bowl and the whites in another. Cover the whites and freeze.
  2. Whisk the yolks with the sugar: Combine the yolks and the sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk by hand, or with a mixer, until the mixture is smooth and creamy, and it has lightened to a lemon-yellow color.
  3. Whisk in the milk, cream, and liquor Pour the milk, cream, and liquor into the bowl with the egg mixture and whisk until combined.
  4. Cover and refrigerate: Cover the bowl and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. The more liquor you add, the longer it will keep — eggnog with 1/2 to 1 cup of liquor will keep for several days; and eggnog with 1 1/2 cups of liquor will keep for several weeks and continue aging and thickening quite nicely. (If aging for longer than a few days, transfer the eggnog to a sealed glass container or a mason jar.)
  5. Whisk the egg whites: Just before serving, whisk the reserved egg whites in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer at high speed until the whites form stiff peaks.
  6. Fold the egg whites into the eggnog: Transfer the beaten egg whites to the bowl with the eggnog and gently fold or stir the whites into the base — this gives the eggnog a frothy, extra-creamy texture. Some of the egg whites will also float to the top, like cappuccino foam.
  7. Serve the eggnog: Transfer the eggnog to a pitcher or punch bowl and add a spoonful of Algarrobina. Serve in individual glasses with a grating of nutmeg over top.

Spirits That You Should Have On Your Bar:

Grey Goose

  • Crisp and clean taste like no other and is gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free and without any chemical additives
  • Production Notes: Distilled just three times before being filtered through carbon to strip out any impurities and is then blended with natural spring water found in the most isolated parts of New Zealand
  • Tasting Notes: Exciting aromas of salted caramel, fresh fig, bright citrus, and earthy blossom rise from the glass
  • Begins with the purity of Código Blanco, then is rested for 1 month in uncharred Napa Cabernet French White Oak barrels
  • Rosa barrels are left uncharred, allowing the Cabernet to interact directly with the tequila imparting a subtle pink hue and light floral finish
  • Production Notes: Only the finest Napa Cabernet French White Oak barrels are sourced to age the Rosa
  • Tasting Notes: Leads with bright agave character and finishes with the soft floral notes of Cabernet
  • Código 1530 Añejo has been lauded by Tequila experts as the finest Añejo tequila available.
  • A private recipe refined over many generations by an artisan distilling family in Amatitán.
  • Aged for 18 months in the finest Napa Cabernet French White Oak barrels.
  • Production Notes: Aged 16 years in two types of wood. Distilled three times in traditional onion-shaped copper pot stills. The placed in oak casks, formerly used for bourbon.
  • Tasting Notes: Aromas of rich, fruity, nutty, and malty. The taste of powerful and complex. Dusty dark chocolate and woody vanilla notes, with a slight peppery background and some sweetness. The finish gives nice shared, fruity maltiness, with some sweetness and dark chocolate lingering.

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Tony Bowles, Contributing Columnist

Tony Bowles, Contributing Columnist

Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food, and more! Based in New York City