RECIPE: Spiced Chocolate Eggnog

New Year’s Eve means Champagne in our house, but it also means eggnog (or if you prefer, egg nog). We’ve made quite a few different recipes over the years. Some are linked below, including a low-calorie option. This year, we’re looking forward to this spiced chocolate eggnog recipe from American Heritage Chocolate. The recipe uses…
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HOLIDAY COCKTAIL: White Christmas Cocktail (New Year’s Eve, Too)

[1] The White Christmas Cocktail has a complex layering of flavors, including coffee and vanilla (photos #1 and #2 © Kilkea Castle). [2] The cocktail is available through the holiday season, at Kilkea Castle’s restaurants and lounges. [3] If you purchase a bottle of Tia Maria for this cocktail, you can use it as often…
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COCKTAIL RECIPE: Milk Punch For Thanksgiving Or Christmas

[1] What to serve before holiday dinners: Bourbon Milk Punch (photos #1 and #2 © Woodford Reserve. [2] Woodford Reserve makes several expressions of Kentucky Bourbon, including a double-oaked version that’s a real find for oak lovers. They also distill malt, rye and wheat whiskeys. [3] You can serve milk punch in whatever glasses you…
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FOOD HISTORY: The History Of Toasting To Your Health

  Did you toast to the New Year? If you’ve wondered how the practice originated: It began in pre-history and evolved over the millennia. And for many centuries, a piece of toast was floated in the punch bowl. The scoop:     AN ANCIENT PRACTICE The practice of toasting to someone’s health goes back to…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Bloody Mary Garnishes

[1] Surf & Turf Bloody Mary with bacon and shrimp from The Wayfarer in New York City. They call it “Fully Loaded,” with a celery stalk and a cocktail pick with cheese, olive and cocktail onion (photo © The Wayfarer). [2] The Hanako San Bloody Mary features an octopus tentacle and a skewer of raw…
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