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Holiday Drinks

by Weekend Chef Ian Nicholas

The holidays are just around the corner and there is so much to do. Shop, cook, go to parties and visit family. The holidays have always been my favorite time of year. Coming from a traditional Mexican family, the holidays, especially Christmas was always a time for family, friends, food and drink.

My grandparents would always prepare a feast on Christmas Eve that seemed to feed the whole family, from brothers, sisters, cousins, uncle and aunts, not to mention all of our friends. Their house was always open to anyone that wanted to stop by, say hi and have some traditional Mexican food (Tamales: recipe for another article) along with some good drinks.

One of my favorites was my grandmothers Ponche Navideno. She would always make two different batches. One for the kids and one for the adults. When I was younger I never knew what the difference was. However, as I got older I learned grandma's secret. This was such a popular drink for both kids and adults alike that I thought I'd share it with you.

Even if you are not from a Hispanic background you may want to try this recipe one of these days/years at your family get together, just to spice things up a bit.

Ponche Navideno (from Mexico):

Ingredients:

12 quarts water 10 oz tejocotes 6 oz walnuts 5 oranges 8 guavas 4 sugar canes 10 oz prunes 3 sticks cinnamon 4 cup sugar 1 quart Presidente Brandy (optional, grandmas secret)

Method: Wash the fruit. Cut the sugar cane into strips. Cut the guava. Juice the oranges. Boil everything together, except for the sugar. When cooked, add the sugar and brandy.

And.......whala! Ponche Navideno.

In my later years as I became more involved in food and cooking, I came across many other holiday drink recipes that I'd like to share with you.

Cranberry Lime Punch (from Canada):

Ingredients

1 bottle cranberry cocktail 2 cup frozen limeade concentrate 2 cup pineapple juice 1 1/4 cup ginger ale 3 cup soda water Ice Method

In a punch bowl, combine the cranberry cocktail, the limeade concentrate, the pineapple juice and the ginger ale. Just before serving, add soda water and ice.

Note: Makes 28 servings, each 1/2 cup.

Mulled Cider (from Canada):

Ingredients

5 cup cider 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar 4 cloves 1 1/2" piece cinnamon stick 1 1/2" piece dry ginger root Freshly grated nutmeg

Method

Combine the cider, the lemon juice and the brown sugar in a stainless steel pot. Heat the mixture slowly to the simmering point. Tie the cloves, cinnamon stick and ginger root together in a piece of cheesecloth. Add the bag of spices to the simmering liquid and heat over low heat for 15 minutes. Remove the spice bag.

Serve hot with a sprinkling of nutmeg in mugs.

Note Makes 6 servings.

Now this one is a little time consuming and probably a little to late for this years Christmas. However, it's well worth the effort.

Christmas Stout (from Ireland):

Ingredients

8 cup Mountmellick Irish stout extract 6 cup Munton & Fison Amber DME 2 cup Crystal malt (60 Lovibond) 1 cup Black Patent malt 1 oz Bullion hops 1/2 oz Hallertau hops 1 2 cup clover honey 12 " cinnamon sticks 4 oz ginger root 2 tsp allspice 1 tsp cloves 4 grated rinds from medium size oranges 1 package Irish stout yeast

Method

Wash, peel and grate the ginger root. Simmer honey and spices in a covered pot for 45 minutes. Add cracked grains to 2 gallons cold water and bring to a boil. As soon as boiling starts, remove grains with a strainer. Add malt extracts and bittering hops and boil for 55 minutes. Add finishing hops and boil for 5 more minutes. Remove from heat.

Stir in honey and spice mixture and cool. Strain into fermenter containing 3 gallons cold (previously boiled) water and pitch yeast (when cool). After vigorous primary fermentation subsides, rack into secondary. Bottle with 7 ounces corn sugar or 1-1/4 cups DME when fermentation completes.

After a week, replace the blow tube with an airlock. Bottle after a month of fermenting.

And one of my final favorites.

Christmas Coquito (from Puerto Rico):

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup canned evaporated milk 1 3/4 cup canned condensed milk 2 egg yolks 2 cup fresh coconut milk 1/4 tsp Ceylon cinnamon (or "Mexican cinnamon" or "canela") 1 cup Puerto Rican white rum Ground cinnamon to taste Pinch of salt

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and process for 3 minutes at high speed until frothy. Store in a glass container in the refrigerator. Serve chilled, dusted with a little cinnamon.

Here are just a few drink ideas/recipes you may want to experiment with this Christmas. I hope you enjoy. 

Cheers & Salud!

About the Author

Weekend Chef Ian Nicholas, retired chef from Buona Vita and author of several cooking articles.

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