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December Brunch Drinks for A Crowd

December's social calendar is packed with office parties and dinner get-togethers, so pretty soon the celebration start spilling over into the daytime. The answer: a festive holiday brunch, served with copious daytime-appropriate cocktails. These recipes—all fun spins on the classics—are designed to make it easy to serve a crowd. Whether you're spending time with dear friends, or just using those extra cocktails to take the edge off a visit from your in-laws, this is the season to feel free to imbibe—especially in the morning. More

DIY vs. Buy: How to Make Advocaat, Dutch Eggnog

When I was a kid, Dutch relatives would bring my family all the treats that were hard to find here in the states. My favorite was hagelslag, which are candy sprinkles that you put on buttered bread. (Boxes of hagelslag guaranteed that I would be allowed to eat candy for breakfast.) The grownups, however, got all excited about a ochre-colored liqueur called advocaat. It looked like an avocado-and-mustard milkshake to me, so when they'd pour themselves a big glass for Christmas, I was never tempted to sneak a sip. After all, these were the same adults who'd rave about salty black licorice, which I knew for a fact was the worst thing I'd ever tasted. More

Which is the Best Local Eggnog in Boston?

The production that goes into making eggnog at my family's holiday party each year is such a ritual that it's borderline sacred, and buying eggnog is considered sacrilege. So forgive me, family, for I have sinned. But when I saw that High Lawn, the Lee, Massachusetts dairy farm that produces some of the most widely available premium milk in the Boston area, had gotten into the eggnog game, I figured it was worth a try. More

Drinking the Bottom Shelf: Old New England Egg Nog

It's office holiday party season, which presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities here at world headquarters of Will Gordon Industries. The party has to be held on a weekday afternoon, because that's when I was able to secure the most favorable rate for the venue (my kitchen, which is reserved for soup-making on nights and weekends throughout the winter), which means I will be the sole attendee. More

Taste Test: Eggnog

Homemade eggnog can be a delicious thing, enriched with fresh eggs and cream, a careful grating of nutmeg, and just the right amount of sugar. (Plus a dunked cookie or two.) But mixing it up yourself can seem a little daunting (and holiday entertaining already has you frazzled). So you're just going to pick up a carton at the grocery store. But which brand should you buy? We recently conducted a blind taste test to figure out which is the best nationally-available brand of premade eggnog. More

Do You Spike Your Eggnog? With What?

Today we were sipping some 'nog at SE World Headquarters and a bit of a debate broke out: what is the best booze to use in eggnog? Some folks add brandy, while others are loyal to whiskey, particularly bourbon. But what about rum? Tell us: do you tip a little Jameson in your holiday eggnog, or do you add a shot of Southern Comfort? Or do you just enjoy the rich eggy beverage without any spirits at all? More

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