How to make holiday drinks at home and bring together everybody's favorites - those made with gin, vodka, rum, Bourbon, or Scotch. In hot drinks, such as hot spiced rum and hot punches, the aromatics should be not too liberally used, as these volatile constituents are rapidly vaporized by the heat, and the flavor is thereby temporarily intensified. It is particularly imperative, therefore, that hot drinks should not be allowed to grow cold or to be reheated. It is almost superfluous to say that all mixed drinks, whether hot or cold, should be served as soon as possible after mixing, for it is necessary that the constituents should not be allowed to blend.
The flavor of each ingredient should stand out prominently and play with as much vigor as possible the part assigned to it. The addition of sugar to alcoholic drinks, or even to those which are only slightly alcoholic, adds materially to their exhilarating effect, so in the cocktail, if it is desired to heighten the subtlety of the mixture, the bitter taste should always be modified by the addition of sweetening.
Hot Drink Recipes
Hot Buttered Rum
This holiday drink recipe is the greatest of the winter warmers. Begin with 2 oz. Puerto Rican Rum, 1 tsp. sugar, 1 stick cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg. Place the ingredients in a pre-heated mug or an Old Fashioned glass, then fill with boiling water. Next drop in a generous gob of butter. Carefully float an additional teaspoonful of flaming Rum on top. Enjoy!
Hot Milk Punch
Use a large bar glass for this winter holiday drink recipe. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar; ¼ wine glass of St. Croix rum; ¾ wine glass of Jamaica rum. Fill the glass with boiling hot milk and stir up well with a spoon. Then grate a little nutmeg over it and serve. In mixing this drink, be sure not to use a shaker. If hot milk is not handy, use a teaspoonful of condensed milk, and fill the balance with hot water.
Holiday Drink Favorites
The origin of this holiday drink, the highball, traces to the simple early american drink of Rum and water, taken usually from a pewter cup or beaker. Today’s best highball recipe is made with just 1½ oz. of Puerto Rican Rum, ice, soda or water. Add a twist of lemon peel or dash of Angostura bitters.
Christmas Rum Eggnog
Start with 24 egg yolks, 1 lb. sugar and 2 quarts of milk. Also requires 2 fifths of a gold Puerto Rican Rum and 2 quarts of heavy cream. Beat the yolks with a mixer until light. Add sugar. Continue beating until thick and pale. Stir in milk and Rum. Chill 3 hours. Turn into your favorite holiday punch bowl, then fold in heavy cream, stiffly whipped. Chill 1 hour. Sprinkle with nutmeg. This holiday drink recipe serves 40.
Rum Fruit Punch
For a festive punch recipe that serves twenty the main ingredient is Puerto Rican Rum. First slice and dice a half of a fresh pineapple. Mix with ¾ cup sugar syrup, 1 cup lemon juice, 1 ½ cups unsweetened pineapple juice, 1 ½ bottles (fifths) gold Puerto Rican Rum. Chill 2 hours, pour over ice in bowl. Add 2 quarts sparkling water and 1 pint sliced strawberries.
Jamaica Rum Sour
In a large bar glass add ½ tablespoon of sugar; 2 or 3 dashes of lemon juice; 1 squirt of Selters, dissolve well. Add ¾ glass of fine shaved ice and 1 wine glass of Jamaica Rum. Stir well with a spoon, strain into a tall bar glass; ornament with fruit and serve.