Egg Nog

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Homemade Christmas egg nog - delicious spiked or plain!

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Egg Nog
SO much better than store-bought!
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine eggs, sugar, milk and salt in the top of a double boiler with simmering water.
  2. Heat, stirring constantly, until mixture coats the spoon.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in the cream, vanilla and nutmeg.
  4. Chill overnight and serve cold. Garnish each cup with a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg. Spike with brandy or whiskey, if desired.
Recipe Notes

If you overcook the egg nog and it isn't completely smooth, just use a stick blender to smooth it out. It won't affect the taste.

It's important to chill the egg nog for several hours before serving it. The flavors really come together and taste like the real deal. It's good right off the stove, but so much better after a few hours in the fridge.

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James’ True and Perfect Margarita Recipe

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A traditional, old-school, purist's margarita recipe - no fruit, no frills.

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Margarita, James' True and Perfect Recipe
This is a no-frills, original margarita recipe for old-school traditionalists.
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
person
Ingredients
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
person
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Rub rim of serving glass with squeezed lime rind. Invert into salt to salt the rim. Add a few ice cubes.
  2. Stir or shake the lime juice, agave syrup and tequila vigorously until syrup is dissolved.
  3. Pour over ice and serve.
Recipe Notes

Use a good tequila made with the tahona process, such as Fortaleza, Patrón or Casa Noble Organic. No need for aged tequila here.

For subtle salt flavor, skip the salted glass rim and use a salt shot glass to measure the lime and tequila, the kind of shot glass carved out of pink Himalayan salt.

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Hot German Spiced, Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe

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Authentic German recipe for the famous Glühwein, spicy, mulled wine served hot - a traditional winter treat at the Christmas markets in Europe.

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Mulled Wine (Spiced German Glühwein) Recipe
Glühwein is hot, red wine infused with citrus and spices. This is an authentic German recipe - serve it at your winter holiday parties or enjoy it at home as part of your traditional celebrations.
Cuisine German
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
6-oz cups
Ingredients
Cuisine German
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
6-oz cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash the lemon and orange and remove any labels. Cut them in half.
  2. In a 3-quart saucepan combine sugar, water and lemon juice. Bring to a low boil and simmer until syrupy.
  3. Squeeze the orange and lemon halves into the pan and drop the empty rinds in as well. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Lower the heat and continue to cook without boiling or simmering for 15 minutes. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

For Glühwein use any type of red wine as long as it’s a fairly good one. You can’t dress up a bad wine by adding the spices. A slow-cooker is a good way to keep Glühwein warm on a party buffet table.

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Sangria Recipe

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Have a cool summer treat with this cold, fruity sangria recipe. Goes great with a cookout or barbecue or just an evening with good friends and hors d'oeuvres.

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Sangria Recipe
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
quarts syrup base
Ingredients
Sangria Syrup Base
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
quarts syrup base
Ingredients
Sangria Syrup Base
Instructions
  1. Wash the fruit and rinse thoroughly. You will be using the entire fruit, including the rinds, so make sure labels are removed and any residue such as wax are completely removed.
  2. Cut up the limes, two of the oranges and three of the lemons.
  3. Add to the water in a large pot and bring to a slow boil. Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Simmer for 30 minutes until syrupy.
  4. Mash and squeeze the remaining fruit into the hot mixture.
  5. Remove from heat and let stand til cool then chill in the refrigerator in sealed glass jars. It will keep indefinitely.
Sangria
  1. Chill all ingredients.
  2. Combine everything in a pitcher and serve in wine glasses over additional ice.
  3. Garnish with extra orange slices on the rim of the glasses.
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Brazilian Daiquiri Recipe

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Smoothest Brazilian daiquiri recipe ever! Age this rum concoction in your fridge for a cool, summer treat!

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Brazilian Daiquiri Recipe
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 3-5 days
Servings
gallon
Ingredients
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 3-5 days
Servings
gallon
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine the rums, brown sugar and pineapple juice in a large pitcher.
  2. Slice the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Add the bean and seeds to the mixture. Stir well.
  3. Seal tightly and place in refrigerator 3 to 5 days.
  4. Serve very cold with twist of lime in martini glasses.
Recipe Notes

You can tweak this recipe to your own taste by trying combinations of different rums.

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