Happy December! This week’s Signature Cocktail  is just right for the crazy countdown to Christmas — spiked eggnog! Since this recipe makes a small batch for two, it’s perfect for a cozy date night, but it can most definitely be scaled for larger parties! Enjoy!

Recipe from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, photography by Josh Gruetzmacher.

EGGNOG

Ingredients

– 2 large eggs
– just over 3 oz (by volume) superfine sugar
– ½ tsp freshly-grated nutmeg
– 2 oz brandy
– 2 oz spiced rum (I use Sailor Jerry’s, or can be house-made)
– .25 oz. Jamaican Rum (Appleton)
– 6 oz whole milk
– 4.25 oz heavy cream
– pinch of 5-spice mix

 

Directions:

Beat eggs in blender for one minute on medium speed. Slowly add sugar and blend for one additional minute. With blender still running, add nutmeg, brandy, rum, milk and cream until combined. Chill thoroughly to allow flavors to combine and serve in small punch cups. Top with grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick and serve.

 

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We’ve got the perfect Signature Cocktail for your Thanksgiving feast on our blog today! Called “To All a Goodnight,” this spin on an old-fashioned incorporates cranberries for a burst of fun color and fresh flavor! We would love to see how all of our readers are celebrating tomorrow… tag us @snippetandink on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Original recipe from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, photography by Josh Gruetzmacher.

Ingredients:

1 oz. house-made spiced cranberry shrub
.5 oz. lemon juice
1.5 oz. whiskey or reposado tequila*

*if using reposado tequila, we switch the lemon juice to lime juice

Directions: Fill ice in an old-fashioned glass, add spiced cranberry shrub, lemon juice and whiskey (or tequila!), shake & strain. Garnish with skewered cocktail cranberries.

 

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We’re getting into the spirit of the season with this week’s #SnippetandInkSigCocktail — Spices in a Pear Tree. Bourbon and fresh lemon juice make this cocktail especially merry and bright!

Original recipe from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering and pics by Josh Gruetzmacher.

Ingredients

1.5 oz. bourbon
.75 oz. spiced pear shrub
.25 oz. fresh lemon juice

Directions

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, shake & strain. Fill glass with ice, pour drink and sip! Tag us @snippetandink in your #SnippetSigCocktail pics on Instagram for a chance to be regrammed!

 

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We’re featuring an extra special Signature Cocktail this week — An Evening to Remember! This drink gets its bold flavor from pomegranate simple syrup and a splash of absinthe. It’s sure to be a drink that makes for a memorable night! (Unless you have too many, that is.) We love featuring our reader’s photos, so don’t forget to tag us @snippetandink in your #SnippetSigCocktail pics on Instagram!

Original recipe from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering and pics by Josh Gruetzmacher.

 

An Evening to Remember

Ingredients

1.75 oz. Calvados
.5 oz. house-made pomegranate grenadine
.25 oz. simple syrup
.5 oz. fresh lime juice
4 dashes of Absinthe

Directions

Mix all the ingredients, shake and fine strain.  Pour in a small coupe and garnish with a lime twist.

 

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As the days get shorter and the nights get chillier, we’re setting the mood with this week’s Signature Cocktail — the Winter Old Fashioned. Choose your favorite spirit and add a dash of orange bitters to make a drink that is both warming and refreshing! Thanks to Paula LeDuc Fine Catering and Josh Gruetzmacher for this classic treat!

 

Winter Old Fashioned

Ingredients

Glass – old fashioned
2 oz aged spirit (your choice of whiskey, rum, or apple brandy)
.5 oz. maple syrup
1 dash orange bitters
2 dashes spiced bitters
Garnish, orange peel and amarena cherry

Directions
Stir with ice, Strain into a rocks glass over cubed ice or 1 large 2×2 cube. Garnish with orange peel and amarena cherry.

 

Josh Gruetzmacher and Paula Le Duc Fine Catering are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

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