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Hot Mary

MAKES 8 SERVINGS 8 cups Bloody Mary Mix (spicy or not, as preferred) 1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground cloves Whole cinnamon sticks for garnish Vodka (Optional) Combine mix with Worchestershire sauce, cinnamon and cloves in a saucepan and simmer …

CHAI EGGNOG

MAKES 4 SERVINGS Start to finish: 2 hours 35 minutes (20 minutes active) 2 cups 2 percent milk, divided1 (3 1/2 -inch) stick cinnamon, smashed using the side of a knife 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise10 whole cloves 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns, coarsely crushed 1/2 …

PRICKLY PEAR MARGARITAS

MAKES 8 SERVINGS ½ cups Jamaica Tequila (below)1 cup fresh lime juice ½ cup orange Curacao or other triple sec 1 cup prickly pear puree (below) ½ cup agave syrup or simple syrup 1 lime wedge Jamaica sugar (below) or granulated sugar In pitcher, combine …

Chilly Pear Tree

MAKES 2 SERVINGS 3 canned light   syrup-packed pear halves, cut into chunks and frozen8 ounces pear syrup (from cans) 4 ounces vodka 1 ounce lemon juice Pinch cinnamon Pinch salt 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, to garnish In a blender, combine all ingredients except the rosemary …

RUDOLPH’s NOSE

MAKES 1 SERVINGS Ice1 ounce vodka 1/2 ounce triple sec1 ounce cranberry juice 1 ounce cherry juice 2- 3 fresh raspberries Brut Champagne or sparkling wine In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and cherry juice. Shake, then …

RECIPE: Holiday Soother

MAKES 1 DRINK 2 ounces Scotch whisky1 ounce calvados (apple brandy) 1 ounce apple cider 1 ounce simple syrup or agave syrup Pinch ground cinnamon 1 to 2 ice cubes 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick In cocktail shaker, combine whisky, calvados, cider, simple syrup and ground …

RECIPE: Pumpkin Pie Punch

MAKES 11/2 GALLONS (ABOUT 24 CUPS) 1 (15-ounce) can   pumpkin puree1 cup packed dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 gallon apple cider2 liters ginger ale, cold In medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, brown sugar, …

Snap-Pea-Irinha

MAKES 1 DRINK 1 lime 1/2 cup snap peas1 ounce simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water,   simmered until sugar   dissolves, and cooled) 1 1/2 ounces gin (see Note) Freshly cracked pepper Muddle lime and peas in heavy rocks glass until limes are juicy and peas are …

JAVATINI

MAKES 1 SERVING Ice cubes¼ cup espresso, cooled 2 tablespoons any flavor liquid coffee creamer 2 tablespoons vodka 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add cooled espresso, liquid coffee creamer, vodka and liqueur; cover. Shake for 15 seconds. Strain into chilled …