'holidays' on Serious Eats

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

What's Your Favorite Approach to the Hot Toddy?

For those unaccustomed to consuming alcoholic drinks that taste like, well, alcohol, the toddy can be a bit of a challenge. To those who genuinely like the taste of whisky, rum, or almost anything except vodka (I can't recall coming across a tequila toddy, but such a thing is not without potential merit), the hot toddy is the way to go. More

The Downside of Seasonal Drinks

The holidays are a time when all kinds of special recipes get trotted out for an annual airing, and like those red-and-white sweaters with little reindeer buttons, some of them should be tossed out along with that string of lights that no longer works. Everybody has their own issues with certain seasonal dishes--I, for one, have never understood the desire to consume cranberry sauce--and the same goes for seasonal drinks. More

Serious Grape: A Mixed Case of Wine for the Holidays

Here's a shopping list for a mixed case of wine that will satisfy most needs for things that sparkle, refresh, warm you, and tickle your sweet tooth. What's even better is that only two bottles in the case will cost you more than $20, and most will cost you under $15. Hopefully, this means there's one less list you have to make, and you'll be able to stay within your budget this year. More

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