BIG BATCH HOLIDAY DRINKS
BY ATHINA OSMUSS
Original Recipes by Jim & Athina Osmuss
The holidays tantalize our senses unlike any other time of year. The smell of baked goods, the taste of sweetness, the feeling of warmth and coziness both inside and out. When our families gather for the holidays, we enjoy all the delicious comfort foods, as well as sharing festive beverages. Here are our top three favorites!
EARLY MORNING HOLIDAY PICK-ME-UP: Pumpkin Spice Coffee
‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin spice, but nothing beats fragrant cinnamon and nutmeg filling the air, homemade flavor, and your favorite holiday coffee treat in abundance. Keep it warming in your Crockpot for when your family does an impromptu drop by.
5 cups strong coffee
4 ½ cups whole milk
¼ cup pumpkin (canned or fresh)
1/3 cup sugar, or sweeten to taste
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Add ingredients together in Crockpot or slow cooker set to medium heat. Warm for two hours, then pour yourself a mug and enjoy! Indulge a little by adding homemade whipped cream on top with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Helpful holiday hint: when your family has spent too much time visiting, switch to decaf. They will be ready to head home before you know it.
HOLIDAY EVENING SURVIVAL: Jerry & Pat’s Irish Cream
This holiday family favorite is fantastic— and convenient— when made ahead of time and kept on hand. Double the recipe, and you might just have some to share. (Just kidding. Holiday drinks are always best when shared!) Adults-only recipe.
3 large eggs
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 tablespoons dark chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 cup Irish whiskey
Whip eggs in blender until frothy, then stir in the additional ingredients. Make sure to pour into a clean bottle with a screw top lid and refrigerate. Drink can last up to a month in the refrigerator, but it’s more likely to be consumed long before then. It really is just too good!
CLASSIC HOLIDAY SPIRIT: Homemade Eggnog
Most people buy eggnog from their local grocery store, and it’s generally pretty good. But with a little extra effort, you can make a delicious homemade nog— the kind that whisks away your holiday stressors and makes you just enjoy life. It’s a recipe straight from the Kroll’s dairy farm (Jim’s Wisconsin roots) and onto your holiday table.
4 egg yolks
1 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 pint whole milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
4 egg whites
½ ounce bourbon per serving (optional)
In a metal bowl, beat egg yolks until light in color. Gradually add ⅓ cup of sugar. Add milk, whipping cream, and nutmeg. In stand mixer, whip egg whites to soft peaks. Add 1 tablespoon sugar. Whisk the soft peaks into the metal bowl mixture and drink responsibly!