Mash together stressed parents, fighting siblings and judgmental in-laws, and there’s bound to be some heavy drinking on Christmas. Beer, wine and nips from your flask usually do the trick, but the holidays are also a great occasion for batching up some tasty Christmas cocktails, like egg nog and spiked cider.
3/4 ounce aged rum
3/4 ounce spiced rum
1/2 ounce sugar
3 ounces heavy cream
1 whole egg
Add rums, sugar, whole egg and cream (you can cut the cream with milk for a healthier version) into shaker. Shake ingredients without ice so the egg emulsifies. Then fill with ice and shake again until cold. Strain into a glass and garnish with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.
One quart good apple cider
Peel two oranges into quarters. Stud orange peels with three whole cloves each, then drop into a pot of apple cider. Heat on stove until flavors combine. Once hot, ladle into glass or coffee mug, and top with spiced rum. Garnish with an orange twist, if desired.