Whitney Filloon, our resident pastry chef/booze correspondent, took the week off from drinking to bring you these winter cocktail ideas. We have her assurances that she was sober when she wrote them.
I enjoy a $12 cocktail as much as the next Dallas girl, but I decided I better trim my alcohol budget back just a bit in order to afford Christmas presents for my friends and family this year. Hope you enjoy that chocolate fountain, Grandma!
Besides, sometimes I'd just rather lounge on my couch in sweatpants watching Tosh.0 reruns than put on heels and prance around deflecting terrible pick-up lines from the Bros of Uptown. Here, then, are a few concoctions to whip up at home next time you're feeling cheap, broke, and/or lazy.
Oh My Drunken Clementine A slightly spicy, effervescent twist on the Screwdriver, made with those cute little oranges that are in every grocery store right now.
Makes 1 drink A couple good-sized chunks of peeled fresh ginger 1 teaspoon sugar 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed clementine juice (or bottled OJ) 1 ½ ounces orange-flavored vodka (I used Svedka Clementine; Stoli Oranj or Absolut Mandrin would be good too) Club soda or sparkling wine (Spanish cava is nice and dry, and can usually be had for under 10 bucks -- I like Jaume Serra Cristalino Extra Dry, which is available at Tom Thumb, Lucky Liquors on Henderson, and many other places, I'm sure)
Muddle ginger and sugar in a glass. Add vodka and juice and mix thoroughly (you could do all this in a shaker if you're feeling ambitious). Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice, top with club soda or sparkling wine, and garnish with a twist of clementine peel. Or a straw, if you're in a hurry to get wasted.
Cocoa Borracho Chocolate-y, creamy, spicy, tequila-y.
Makes 2 servings 1 ½ cups milk ¼ cup bittersweet chocolate chips (Ghirardelli is my brand of choice) 1 tablespoon sugar ¼ teaspoon ancho chile powder 1 vanilla bean, scraped, or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract Pinch of salt Dash of nutmeg (freshly grated is preferred) 1 cinnamon stick 2 ounces tequila
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Throw all the ingredients except the liquor in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove cinnamon stick (duh) and pour into mugs. Add 1 ounce tequila to each mug, stir and garnish with whipped cream; get the alcoholic whipped cream from the liquor store if you're feeling extra baller this holiday season.
F'ing Awesome Nutella Eggnogg In my world, almost everything benefits from the addition of Nutella.
Makes 2 servings, or one if you're a complete glutton 1 egg 1 teaspoon sugar 2 tablespoons Nutella 1 ½ cups milk 3 ounces dark rum ½ teaspoon vanilla extract Nutmeg to garnish
Microwave the Nutella until melted. Let cool slightly, then whisk into egg and sugar. Blend in milk and rum (an immersion blender works pretty slick for this). Pour into 2 glasses, garnish with nutmeg and imbibe. Don't serve this to small children -- experts believe you shouldn't be getting your kids drunk anyway -- or the elderly, due to the raw egg.