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Call readers submit holiday beverage recipes

January 02, 2013 - Readers submitted more than 230 recipes for the Call's 2012 Home for the Holidays Recipe Contest.

Besides the winning recipes recently featured in the Mail Call, the Call is publishing many of the entries online, including these for holiday beverages:

Brandy Alexander

6 small candy canes

1 cup whole milk

1 pint of brandy

1 bottle creme de cacao

1 pint coffee ice cream

1 tsp. nutmeg

In a blender, using a jigger or shot glass, add 5 shots of brandy and 7 shots of creme de cacao, 1⁄2 pint or all of the coffee ice cream and milk and blend a few seconds. Pour into 6 red wine glasses. Sprinkle nutmeg on top. Add a candy cane on the rim. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

Elyse Korwel


Juicy Punch

1 cup sugar

2 cups water

4 cups cranberry juice

4 cinnamon sticks

6 whole cloves

1 1⁄2 cups lemon juice

2 cups orange juice

2 cups pineapple juice

1 quart ginger ale

Put sugar in a large sauce pan and add 2 cups water. Place over medium heat and stir till sugar dissolves. Add cranberry juice, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain liquid into a large bowl to cool. Add lemon juice, orange and pineapple juice. Refrigerate until serving time. Add ginger ale and ice.

Betty Collins

south county

Chocoholic Lover's Eggnog for the Holidays

4 cups eggnog

1⁄2 cup chocolate syrup

1⁄2 to 1⁄4 tsp. ground nutmeg

3 tsp. vanilla extract

Whipped cream and additional ground nutmeg

In a large saucepan, combine the eggnog, chocolate syrup and nutmeg; heat through over low heat, about 15 minutes (do not boil). Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour into holiday mugs. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg. Enjoy.

Yield: 4 servings

Our family loves chocolate like most people I know. We also love our eggnog throughout the holidays. I came across this simple and easy recipe about four years ago that combined the best of both worlds.

Lisa Rapp


Cosmopolitan Drink

4 oz. cranberry juice

11⁄2 oz. Citron Vodka

1 oz. Triple Sec

Squeeze of lime

Shake in shaker with ice.

Linda Duerst


Chocolate Martini

1 oz. Godiva chocolate liqueur

1 oz. vanilla vodka

1 oz. Bailey's Irish Creme

Hershey's syrup


Put Hershey's syrup in a squirt bottle. Squirt inside of martini glass with syrup.

Mix first three ingredients together in shaker for approximately 1 minute.

Pour into glass and serve.

Linda Duerst


Carmel Apple Martini


2 fluid ounces best-quality vodka

1 fluid ounce sour-apple schnapps

1⁄2 fluid ounce butterscotch schnapps

1 cup crushed ice

1 slice dried apple


Combine vodka, schnapps and crushed ice in a shaker. Shake vigorously to chill. Pour into martini glass, garnish with dried apple and serve.

Linda Duerst


Sugar-free Spiced Tea Mix

1 3.3-oz. jar sugar-free, iced-tea mix with lemon

4 oz. sugar-free Tang orange breakfast drink mix

1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. ground cloves

Combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container or divide into three one cup gift packages. To serve, stir 1 1⁄2 tsp. of mix into 1 cup hot water.

Yield 3 cups mix (3 calories per 1 cup serving).

Makes a great gift for the holidays.

Norma J. Anderson


Holiday Punch

4 pkgs. strawberry Kool-Aid

4 cups sugar

3 large cans (46-oz.) pineapple juice

3 12-oz. cans frozen orange juice

1 12 oz. frozen lemonade

Add enough water to make 4 gallons, (optional) 3 small bottles lemon-lime soda.

Frances Ettling


Winter Orange Pomegranate Ice Tea

3 cups water

1 navel orange, cut into 1⁄4-inch slices

3 inches stick cinnamon, broken

6 whole cloves

4 orange-flavored or black tea bags

1 cup orange juice

1 cup pomegranate juice

2 to 3 tbsp. sugar

12 orange wedges or chunks

6 lime wedges or chunks

6 6-inch wooden skewers

Ice cubes

In a medium saucepan, combine water, orange slices, cinnamon and cloves. Bring the mixture just to boiling; remove from heat. Add tea bags. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags; discard. Strain tea mixture through a fine mesh strainer; discard the orange slices and the spice.

In a glass pitcher, combine strained tea mixture, orange juice, pomegranate juice and sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or up to 25 hours.

To serve: Place 2 orange wedges and 1 lime wedge onto each skewer. Serve tea in glasses filled with ice cubes. Add fruit skewers to each glass. Makes 6 (6-oz.) servings.

Cinnamon sticks add that special taste to this holiday beverage.

Kathy Bauer


Pumpkin Pie Martini

2 parts vanilla vodka

1 part pumpkin schnapps

Splash of cream

Dash of nutmeg

Makes 1 perfect holiday martini.

These are so very good and almost taste like you are drinking a dessert.

Patti Kappel


Christmas Cranberry Juleps

1 cup water

3⁄4 cup sugar

2 strips fresh orange peel, (about 3-inches long) removed with vegetable peeler

1 cup fresh cranberries, plus additional for garnish

1 cup Kentucky bourbon

8 fresh mint springs

In saucepan, heat water, sugar and orange peel to boiling on high heat. Add cranberries and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until cranberries pop and split but still hold shape. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until cold. (Can be refrigerated for up to 1 week).

When ready to serve, strain cranberry syrup through sieve set over container. Discard solids. Stir bourbon into syrup. Spear 3 raw cranberries on each of 8 toothpicks.

Fill 8 glasses with crushed ice. Divide bourbon mixture among glasses. Garnish with cranberry spears and mint.

My daughter makes these every year for Christmas. They are a perfect before or after dinner drink.

Deborah Jones

Wright City

Warm Chocolate Covered Cherry

8 oz. mug (prepared) hot cocoa

3 oz. cherry vodka

1 oz. white creme de cacao

2 oz. Half and Half

whipped cream

red sprinkles

maraschino cherries

Make a cup of cocoa according to package directions; add the rest of the ingredients and divide into two mugs. Spray with whipped cream; garnish with red sprinkles and a maraschino cherry. Yummy.

Catherine Fritz

Waterloo, Ill.

Holiday Cranberry Drink

64 oz. cranberry juice

12 oz. can frozen orange juice

12 oz. can frozen lemonade

2 cans white soda

1 can vodka

Mix all ingredients thoroughly in large container and freeze at least 48 hours. When serving, add a small amount of 7-Up.

I also make a batch without the vodka for a non-alcoholic beverage.

Mary Massey

Waterloo, Ill.

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