Eggnog

For the holiday season there is no better beverage than eggnog. Here's how you can make your own nog at home:

What You Need:

 

  • 2 dozen Eggs, separated
  • 1 (750-mL) bottle VS cognac or brandy
  • 16 oz rum
  • 2 lb Powdered sugar
  • 3 qt (96 oz) Whole milk
  • 1 qt (32 oz) Heavy cream
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 tsp Grated nutmeg

How to Make:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks until light and lemon-colored.
  2. While continuing to beat, add the brandy, rum, sugar, milk, heavy cream and salt. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites and nutmeg until they form stiff peaks.
  3. Fold the whites into the yolk mixture.
  4. Serve in punch cups with grated nutmeg on top. 

Vino Caldo

While living in Italy during college, I learned two things: Eating pasta for three months straight is not the best weight loss plan and vino caldo is a delicious drink that complements the fall and winter seasons. It's easy to make and it will warm your belly (and other places) quite quickly.

 

What You Need:

  • Bottle Red Wine
  • Orange Slices
  • Red Pepper Flake
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Sugar (optional)

How to Make:

  1. Pour red wine in a sauce pan.
  2. Add 3 orange slices and 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flake. 
  3. Simmer on low for 10-20 minutes.
  4. Dampen the rim of a mug and roll in sugar.
  5. Pour vino caldo in a mug and garnish with a cinnamon stick. 
  6. Enjoy!