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BETTER THAN COOKIES: 3 HOLIDAY COCKTAILS TO LEAVE OUT FOR SANTA

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The holidays are here, and everyone’s favorite jolly, red-suited man may or may not be planning a visit to your home. If you’re one of the people who believes he will be stopping by, why not surprise him with an unexpected treat? If he doesn’t want it, there’s no shame in you downing it in the morning, as soon as you get up. Absolutely no judgment here.

Check out these three Kris Kringle-worthy cocktails!

Hot Buttered Rum

This classic hot cocktail contains all the ingredients of a perfect holiday – butter, rum, and sugar. And some other stuff. It’s like a liquid cookie! Just combine a half-cup of hot water, 2 ounces dark rum, 1 tablespoon of butter, 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, and a dash each of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, along with a splash of vanilla. Can be made with whiskey, too! Here’s a recipe to check out from The Spruce Eats.

Sazerac

There’s nothing inherently holiday about this boozy cocktail, but it’s usually red! And it’s warming, like a hug from a big, jolly person. Originally made with cognac, this delicious drink is now most often made with rye whiskey or a combination of both. Everyone has a different way of doing it, but the one thing that ties them all together is the Peychaud’s bitters, which give the drink its red hue. You might try a few different recipes before you settle on the perfect one for your holiday visitor. This one from Liquor.com is a good starting place.

Eggnog White Russian

Combining a classic boozy eggnog with the Dude’s favorite sipper, the Eggnog White Russian will surely become your favorite way to get your week’s worth of dairy in one drink. Like the Sazerac, there are a variety of ways to make this cocktail, but the only real difference between each is the ratio of ingredients. For instance, the Tipsy Bartender likes to keep it creamy, with 1 ounce each of vodka and coffee liquor combined with 4 ounces of eggnog, while Snacks and Dips doesn’t mess around – their recipe calls for 2 ounces of each ingredient. You decide what is best!

One word of caution – maybe leave a note to Santa asking him to slip this one back in the fridge if he’s not planning to indulge. Cream is one ingredient that doesn’t get fresher after eight hours of sitting out in a warm room.

For more tips on what to serve your most esteemed visitors, check out the Vistara at SanTan Village blog.

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