When my grandmother died in 1968, the “Mom” mantle split. The “I’m in charge” piece went to my Aunt Terri whom you’ll meet in January when we talk about how to AGE EXCELLENTLY in the New Year! The “I cook, love everybody, take care of, and discipline all the kids” part went to my Aunt Will, whom we called “Nan.” I’m sharing these recipes for festive holiday drinks, which she always enjoyed, and believe me, Nan wasn’t scared to spike these up a little (or a lot!)
Dr. Woodson’s Lower Guilt Egg Nog- No yolks, no cream, just delicious.
EggBeaters, or other brand equivalent of one dozen egg yolks Few whole cranberries
Equivalent one dozen egg whites Few sprigs of mint
1 gallon skim milk (Lactose intolerant? Try soy or almond milk) Vanilla extract, nutmeg to taste
1lb of confectioner’s (powdered sugar-more or less to taste. Sorry no way to avoid this) Rum, brandy, liqueur, or bourbon to taste. Teetotalers use rum extract. Nan didn’t (-:
One Bunt pan One punch Bowl
Mix “egg yolks,” sugar, and flavorings. Leave mixture in the refrigerator, uncovered for at least 2 hours. This is a critical step, even if you use real egg yolks. If you don’t’ do this, your nog could taste “eggy.” YUCK!
Mix in milk.
Arrange cranberries and mint sprigs in the bottom of bunt pan (try a paste of confectioner’s sugar and water to keep them in place and freeze for an hour)
Pour about 3 inches of egg nog mix into bunt pan and freeze solid ( usually overnight)
Keep the rest of the mix covered and refrigerated until ready to serve.
Just before serving:
Whip egg whites until stiff, and fold them into egg mix to thicken (instead of cream (-: )
Pour egg nog into the punch bowl. Sit bunt pan upside down in warm water until ice block loosens. Float the frozen egg nog in the punch bowl. This adds a festive decoration and keeps the mixture cold without diluting it. Refrigerate any leftovers. In my experience, there won’t be any.
Wassail (Yes, this old English Yuletide drink exists aside from the Christmas carol.)
1 qt each apple, orange, and pineapple juice 2c cranberry juice
Several orange slices studded with cloves 4-5 cinnamon sticks
Simmer everything in a crock pot on “low” for several hours, or you can tie cloves and cinnamon sticks a cheesecloth bag. Float the orange slices, and simmer. When the bag sinks, you can remove it and enjoy. Store in refrigerator and reheat in microwave as needed. Yes Nan, you can either add rum, or make this with hard apple cider.
I’m going to take my own advice and take some time off. I’ll see you back on January 5, 2015 when Woodsonian Inspirational Musings on Monday and Informational Thoughts on Thursday will start a 4-week series on how to AGE EXCELLENTLY in the New Year. Focusing on one topic each week, we’ll explore how to protect our physical, financial, emotional, and spiritual health, with Guest Wisdom on Wednesdays from experts in each area. Have an excellent holiday season. See you next year!