Holiday Cocktails II, Green Gourmets Style

15 Dec

by Green Gourmet L

Happy Holidays everyone! Time for family and parties and presents. And LIQUOR! Sometimes you need a little something to get you through that office party. Or that neighborhood holiday cookie swap. Or just because you said so. The Green Gourmets agree and we are stirring up some delicious holiday cocktails: Puerto Rican Eggnog (Coquito) and Pomegranate Sparklers.

Puerto Rican Eggnog (Coquito)

OK eggnog is gross. Thick. Egg-y. Who decided to mix raw eggs with liquor? I’ve tried many different versions and I never liked it…until now! Many, many years ago, when I was in grad school, a Puerto Rican friend of mine shared a recipe for Coquito. It’s made with cream of coconut, rum, and lots of cinnamon. It will put you in a festive mood without turning your stomach. Trust me, you’ll never go back to your old eggnog again!

Makes 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 egg yolks, beaten (if raw eggs worry you, you can use egg substitute)
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (14 ounce) can cream of coconut
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup white rum
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In the top of a double boiler, combine egg yolks and evaporated milk. Stirring constantly, cook over lightly simmering water until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  2. Transfer mixture to a blender, and add cream of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, rum, water, cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla. Blend for about 30 seconds. Chill at least 2 hours (preferably overnight). Serve in small glasses or mugs.

Pomegranate Sparklers

This light cocktail is the perfect drink for those watching their waistlines this holiday season (or anytime). It has just a bit of pomegranate juice for a festive color and flavor.

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka (I like to use orange flavored vodka)
  • 2 oz soda
  • splash of Pomegranate juice
  • squeeze of lemon or lime

Fill your glass with ice, mix all ingredients together and enjoy! Happy sipping and don’t forget to tell them you read it on Green Gourmets!

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2 Responses to “Holiday Cocktails II, Green Gourmets Style”

  1. Haywood December 15, 2010 at 9:36 AM #

    I am totally digging this blog. I am definitley going to enjoy getting yummy recipes from here for my recipe challenge! Keep up the unique recipes and entertaining dialogue 🙂

    • thegreengourmets December 15, 2010 at 10:15 AM #

      Thanks Haywood, we really appreciate the feedback! Let us know if you come up with anything from your recipe challenge that you’d like us to feature on the blog.

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