This is a short post to direct your attention to two outstanding recipes for traditional holiday spirits-based drinks from two expert Northwest bartenders and engaging Northwest drinks bloggers. The first is to a killer egg nog recipe by Eugene, Oregon, master cocktailian Jeffrey Morgenthaler from his blog, and the second is to a delicious hot buttered rum recipe from Portland bartending whiz Lance Mayhew, from his blog My Life on the Rocks.
Most of us pick up a carton of egg nog from the grocery at some time during the holidays. The more creative of us go so far as to add some rum to a mug full of the stuff, and if we really have flair, we grind some nutmeg on top of it before drinking. Heaven forbid we should actually make it up ourselves!
But we should. And Mr. Morgenthaler’s recipe tells us exactly how to do it. All I can say is: follow his directions! It will be the best egg nog you’ve ever had, and will cure you evermore from buying the packaged stuff.
So it also is with that other traditional holiday drink, hot buttered rum. As soon as Christmas tree lots start sprouting, so the ubiquitous end caps of buttered rum batter begin blossoming in the grocery stores. Avoid the temptation of store-bought batter. Instead, use Mr. Mayhew’s magical recipe (the secret ingredient is Agave nectar . . . easily available at New Seasons stores in the Portland area, or similar better grocery markets in your local area) to elevate this too-frequently drab drink to one that has depth, complexity, and all the sweet spice we love at this time of year.
Here's a toast to enjoying the holidays better with better drinks!