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Saturday, December 5, 2020

Cocktail Party reminder

As I said in the Dec. 1st post from a few days ago, I would repost the rules and recommendations for the
Holiday Cocktail Party- 2020 Edition: "we need it more than ever". Please try to get your offerings in by 12/16/20 and I will try to post them the next everyone time to try the libations in time for Christmas. The rules for this year are as follows:

(Excerpted from Dec. 1st's post) The guidelines are simple: just send me your recommendation(s) for a nice holiday libation along with the recipe and I will post it here along with a link to your blog...if you have one. 

Cocktails can be: alcoholic, non-alcoholic, classic, new, original, or whatever! And while a cocktail is technically a mixed drink, this year......due to things I discovered about my readers last year, and due to the desire to share discoveries more broadly, you are also welcome to recommend a straight-up booze you feel is perfect for the occasion, or even an ideal wine or beer. (So instead of being limited to something like a White Negroni, you can offer up a gem of a top shelf tequila or a lush single malt scotch, a malty stout or decadent Cabernet). 

I do suggest that offerings be flavor-consistent with the upcoming season rather than just a favorite drink that might be more appropriate on a sunny backyard deck in July though....but I'm not going to exclude any recommendations anyone is kind enough to send in. It's just a suggestion for the overall holiday theme. (Personally I have some new ones I am eager to share!)

If you recall from last year, we even had some daring selfies of the cocktails being provocatively served. While not necessary for the party, enticing exhibitionism will not be discouraged. ;-)


  1. Exotic drink mixes aren't my bailiwick. My year round go to is a Top Shelf Margarita and one can hardly go wrong with any of the formulas found on the web.

    But I wanted to give you a response anyway. Cheers.

    1. I will repost your recipe from last year, Tomy, but keep in mind the rules for this year have changed to include things other than just exotic mixes. A good recommendation of a perfect holiday beer, wine, or liquor can be entered as well.

  2. Unfortunately, I'm no more help than Tomy, even with the expanded categories. I'm a straightforward wine and beer guy for the most part, and I don't make a lot of seasonal adjustments in what I imbibe. When I drink beer this time of year, I tend to go for a relatively hearty ale. I am a fan of Fat Tire and do think it works well on cold nights when the snow is coming down. I drink wine, almost always red, but I don't have strong preferences or any I associate with the holidays. My go-to spirit is tequila, and I have an almost negative association between it and Christmas time; it's just not a winter-specific drink for me.

    Given that I do associate this time of year with warm drinks, if I were going to just sit back and appreciate a snifter of something, it would probably be an Armagnac. I don't have a particular variety I like, but I do like sitting there watching a movie with the warmth from my hand slowly warming the liquid in the snifter.

    1. Armagnac? You and J.P. March (played by Evan Peters) in American Horror Story "Hotel" have that one in common!

      I can work your input into the collection.

      When it comes to seasonal beer, I tend to go very dark and heavy.....even to barleywines.

    2. Haven't seen that one. I had a friend a few years back who kept a huge selection of alcohols from around the globe. He turned me onto Armagnac and I fell in love with it.

    3. Armagnac is one of the few libations I haven't had due mostly to cost. I do enjoy an occasional cognac and I was lucky enough to have been introduced a highly-rated but lower-cost variety called Chalfonte. I can't help but think the regional difference between armagnac and cognac must be noticeable but subtle. Though perhaps you would be a better person to explain the preference?

  3. I'm working on making my very first(!) fruitcakes ever this year. Keeping in mind that I make it a habit to NOT drink alcohol, it proves to be interesting when I actually BUY it for my food. Instead of just a nice dry red wine, I added peach brandy (for the fruitcake) because I couldn't find apricot brandy for soaking the fruit. This is gonna be FUN!

    1. Still, I might have a new non-alcoholic beverage this year if UI can find the time to do it

    2. Well by all means send it in like last time. Non-alcoholic libations are an underrated treat.

  4. Well, I'm gonna step across the barrier from alcoholic imbibing to "other".

    I make delicious chocolate chip cookies with cannabis. Not only do I get the benefits of mood enchantment, etc. But there are sleep improvement and pain abatement benefits too.

    My "recipe" is.....Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie mix.

    1. I will add that to the cocktail party as "finger food for your mind". Feed your head!

    2. and be sure it has a "Proceed with Caution" note on it too.

  5. alrighty then -- here's the history to my offering "Moose Milk"

    The Ritual (Canadian Navy)

    At least once in every port, the moose runs loose, so party time begins with a toast of Moosemilk, a Canadian Tradition - only in Canada you say!
    So don your moose hat and shirt, toast your NATO friends and let them see what a friendly salty moose you are
    "The Moose is Loose"

    Quick and Easy Moose Milk
    Adjust quantities according to company.
    prep:10 mins
    total:10 mins
    Yield:8 servings


    12 fluid ounces heavy whipping cream
    12 fluid ounces milk
    4 fluid ounces vodka
    4 fluid ounces dark rum
    2 fluid ounces Irish cream liqueur (such as Baileys®)
    2 fluid ounces coffee-flavored liqueur (such as Kahlua®)
    2 cups vanilla ice cream
    1 pinch ground nutmeg, or more to taste
    1 pinch ground cinnamon, or more to taste


    Blend cream, milk, vodka, rum, Irish cream liqueur, coffee-flavored liqueur, ice cream, nutmeg, and cinnamon together in a blender until smooth.


    1. Thank you for getting this in. I will be sure to post it next week for the "party".

      Coincidentally, I just saw a mention of this and an alternate recipe on Google news like one day ago. ;-)

  6. kd - For years people would exclaim "moosemilk!! what the hell is moosemilk?!" NOW I have seen so many recipes this past week or so... seems like we Canadians are sharing more :) My SIL and I had quite a debate about my recipe (he's ex army) he says it's all wrong....... his did not have ice cream! I said ' ice cream float adult style - suck it up buttercup' (grinning) I notice he didn't say no to seconds....... LOL

  7. My special occasion drink is Laphroaig Scotch, neat, in a glass by itself.

    1. Excellent recommendation. I will not only add this but give it my personal endorsement. I have my bottle ready! I can enjoy going even peatier and tend towards Lagavulin 16 or 18 if it fits your budget.