The holidays either bring out the reveler in all of us or drive us to despair from spending too much time with family. Either way, the best way to spend the long, cold nights of the end of the year is with a drink in your hand.
Some alcoholic winter beverages have a long history. Here are 10 alcoholic beverages for the holidays (and one for the kiddies).
10. Gingerbread Cocktail
Gingerbread houses are common enough for the season, with a multitude of kits at stores. If you’re not all into putting one together and eating stale candy later, then this drink from Food Network should work for you.
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
2 cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves
1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
3 to 4 tablespoons hazelnut liquer
4 ounces Kahlua
For the syrup: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool, about 20 minutes. Remove and discard the ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
For the espresso: In an 8-ounce glass measuring cup, whisk together the boiling water, espresso powder, and liqueur, if using, until the powder is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
Combine 1 cup syrup with the espresso/hazelnut liqueur mixture in a large martini shaker. Add the Kaluha and shake to combine. Pour over ice-filled glasses and serve.