Entertaining friends and family is part of the fun of the Christmas season. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate all go well with cookies, but there are times when we need a more "spirited" beverage. I like to whip up the following recipes and have them on hand through the holidays.
Hot Buttered Rum
1 C butter or margarine
1 1/2 C powdered sugar
1 C packed brown sugar
2 C softened vanilla ice cream
Cream butter and sugars. Add ice cream and mix well.
This mixture can be stored in the freezer almost indefinitely.
Stir 1 heaping tbs into 1 C boiling water and 1 shot of rum, brandy, or whiskey. Sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon if desired.
Vodka Slush (Makes 3 qts)
1-12 oz can frozen limeade
1-12 oz can frozen lemonade
2 cans water
2 cans vodka
2-12 oz cans lemon-lime soda
Mix well and freeze overnight. This recipe also keeps well in the freezer.
Spoon slush into wine glasses and top with hazelnuts (if desired)
Be careful with this recipe; it's pretty potent. One of these is all I can handle.
When Z read the slush recipe, he said: "Well, at least nobody will have to worry about scurvy."
These recipes are easy, delicious, economical(I got a 1 liter bottle of vodka for $6.39), and look fancy when served.