A family tradition that I remember my Dad telling me about was a drink called a Grasshopper. It was a drink my Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop served on Christmas Eve as everyone opened presents. Over the years they added other drinks too (Manhattans and Brandy Alexanders) – although the Grasshopper was still made for my Mom-Mom. I love the Grasshopper because it is such a pretty green – and who doesn’t love, spiked chocolate mint with ice cream! 🙂
It was a drink continued at our house – I remember either been near the end of high school or maybe even college having a Grasshopper before Midnight Mass.
It is such a festive colored drink for the Christmas Holidays. Here is the recipe for a Grasshopper:
- 1 pint of vanilla bean ice cream
- 3 cups of crushed ice
- 4 oz green creme de menthe
- 6 oz white creme de cacoa (clear)
Put all ingredients into a blender, cover and process at frappe for a few seconds. Strain into cocktail glasses.
Another drink that is fabulous is my Dad’s Egg Nog recipe. In our family this is an Easter drink; however, I know many families drink it at Christmas. This recipe does call for raw eggs. I found this article from ABC News about Raw Eggs in EggNog
Here is the recipe:
- 4 oz eggs
- 20 oz milk
- 2 cup eggnog (or french vanilla) ice cream
- 2 tsp granulated sugar
- 2 oz rum
- 2 oz brandy (preferably cognac)
Place all of the above ingredients in a blender and mix well. Serves 8 cups. If you wish to make egg white topping, be sure to separate the 4 eggs and place the yolks in the blender only, setting the whites aside until last. Place whites in separate bowl and mix with beaters at high speed, slowly adding a little sugar (about 3 tsps) and 1/8 tsp of cream of tartar. When the whites form peaks, serve on top of each cup with a small sprinkling of nutmeg, if desired.
Do you have any holiday beverages that you love? Feel free to share!