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A Bit of Holiday Cheer!

What could be better amidst the holiday festivities and preparations than putting your feet up with a friend or two and having the best cocktail in the world? I’ve put together a short list of cocktails, including a vegan eggnog recipe and a mocktail. This is something everyone can enjoy!

I discovered the Perfect Host cocktail in a very elegant bar in the Waldorf Hilton in London. It was so delicious that I had two, maybe even three of them. And I lived to regret it the following morning!

The Perfect Host is my favorite cocktail ever. It is very sophisticated and elegant with a pale green color that makes it perfect for the holiday season. During lockdown, when we were stuck at home unable to party, my friends and I decided to do a weekly Zoom cocktail making party. Each week, one of the group selected a cocktail, told us what we’d need to make it, and then showed us how to make it via Zoom. This got us through a very challenging year. I chose the Perfect Host for my cocktail night. It was highly regarded by the group as one of the best. I hope you enjoy it, too!

Now, we can do it all in person. One of the gals has already scheduled a pre-holiday cocktail party at her house. I’m already looking forward to it.

My Favorite Cocktail of All-time: 

The Perfect Host from the Waldorf Hilton in London 

  • 50 ml Bacardi Superior (or any good white rum)
  • 25 ml fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 20 ml apple juice
  • 17.5 ml gomme syrup (you can substitute agave or simple syrup)
  • 15 ml egg white (1 egg white)
  • Chopped celery (1 stick)
  • Fresh basil
To make it:

Muddle the chopped celery and basil in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Then, add the other ingredients and dry shake (no ice). Add ice and shake again. Double strain into a chilled coupette. Garnish with coarsely group black pepper. Serves 1.

If you want something a little less sophisticated, try this fun and festive peppermint eggnog with or without the booze…

Peppermint Eggnog adapted from the original recipe by Julia Duda

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream (4-5 scoops)
  • ¾ cup eggnog
  • 4 oz (2 shots) peppermint vodka
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
Blend together until smooth and creamy. Garnish with whipped cream, crushed peppermint candy cane and a cinnamon stick. Serves 1.

To make this a mocktail, you can leave out the vodka and swap the vanilla ice cream with mint ice cream. Just make sure to buy the non-alcoholic eggnog.

For my vegan friends, here is a lovely alcohol-free, egg and dairy free mocktail from ecosalon.com

Vegan Eggnog (Mocktail)

  • 3 cups almond milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Dash of ground cloves
  • Dash of sea salt

Blend together until combined. Serve with a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Holiday season!

With love,

Talane

P.S. You could use one of these cocktail recipes for your year-end ritual

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