By Amy Sherman
Delicious, fun and food-friendly, the popularity of sparkling wine continues to expand from special occasions to everyday enjoyment. The popularity of classic and craft cocktails has influenced sparkling wine consumption, plus consumers are discovering that it’s a great choice before a meal, either as an apertif or instead of a traditional cocktail.
4 ½ Cups eggnog*
2 Cups bacon-infused Maker’s Mark Bourbon
12 Slices candied bacon
Fill shaker with ice, add ingredients and shake. Strain contents into chilled wine glasses and sprinkle with candied bacon.
1 Quart milk
1 Pint cream
1 Tsp. nutmeg
2 Vanilla beans
2 Extra large egg yolks
1 ¼ Cup Sugar
½ Cup Milk powder
3 Tbsp. Glucose powder
¾ Cup Bourbon flambé
Whisk the cold milk and milk powder together. Add the cream, nutmeg, and vanilla bean and bring to a boil. Whisk the glucose, sugar and yolks together. Temper the milk into the yolks. Put back to the heat and cook to 85 degrees Celsius. Let the mixture sit overnight.
Makes 8 servings of 6 oz. For instructions on how to make the bacon-infused Bourbon and candied bacon, click here.
Holiday Berry Cosmo
1½ oz. Ocean Vodka
½ oz Chambord raspberry liqueur
½ oz. Simple syrup
20 Red currants
Macerate raspberries and red currants in Chambord. Place berry mixture into a shaker and add simple syrup, bruise ingredients in a shaker. Add vodka and ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with red currants.
The mixologists at Ocean Vodka created this recipe.
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Holly Nog is a premium spiked eggnog made with wine and real Wisconsin dairy cream. Eggnog was originally made with wine up until the Revolutionary War, when American producers substituted wine with less expensive and more accessible rum and whiskey, according to the company. Holly Nog is produced by Midwest Custom Bottling, which makes the cream liqueur RumChata. Holly Nog is available for a suggested retail price of $9.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.
Newcastle Brown Ale in November released Newcastle Cabbie, a limited-edition, dark black ale. Newcastle Cabbie has a soft, hoppy aroma and subtle fruit notes that lead to bittersweet tastes of dark malt, chocolate, coffee and vanilla, according to the company. The 4.2% ABV ale is priced comparably to Newcastle Brown Ale and available nationally through January.
Thanks in part to the fruity new flavors of vodka and the rise of cinnamon-spice and vanilla flavored liqueuers, cereal-inspired shooters and cocktails are hot.
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