Category Archives: Beverages

Eggnog

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Eggnog creamy and delicious, always a hit at Christmas parties. Our version cooks the eggs in a custard-like fashion. Spike with rum or add a dash of chocolate shavings . Enjoy!

Ingredients:(10 4 oz servings)

2 cups of milk
6 beaten eggs
1/3 cup of sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup whipping cream
2 Tbls sugar
ground nutmeg to taste
rum or cognac to taste

In an 8 Qt saucepan mix the milk and eggs with the sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat till it coats the spoon. Stir in rum and chill for at least 4 hours.

At serving time, whip the cream with the 2 Tbls of sugar and fold into the egg mixture. Place in a large punch bowl and sprinkle with nutmeg. Enjoy with some Old World Bread pudding or Gingerbread cookies.

Hot Chocolate

This is a delicious spiced hot chocolate, omit the rum for a non-alcoholic version

Ingredients: for 6 servings

2 squares of semisweet chocolate or 1/3 cup of morsels*
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups of milk
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup rum , or to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan, place over low heat, stirring constantly till heated through. DO NOT BOIL. Remove from heat and beat with a mixer till frothy. Top with whipped cream if desired and enjoy!

* please pay attention to label for soy ( lecithin) and nuts if there are food allergy concerns

Christmas Tea

This fragrant tea captures the essence of season, with a rich nutty vanilla taste, but no need to wait for Christmas, brew yourself a pot every-time you would like feel good pick me up. t can be served piping hot or at  room temperature. 

Do use a good black tea, and fresh clean or filtered water 

Ingredients: for 4 cups of tea

2Tbls black tea
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cinnamon stick, crushed into small pieces
a dash of nutmeg
honey and or milk to taste

4 cups of boiling water

Place tea in a teapot with the cinnamon and nutmeg, add boiling water and vanilla, cover and let steep for 3 to 4 minutes. Strain and add honey and or milk to taste. Enjoy with Gingerbread or Chocolate Decadence cookies.

Recommended teas:

Assam Gold Rain Black Tea Assam Gold Rain Black Tea 

Comes from one of the finest estates of the Assam region of India. Famous for its fruity yet malty flavor with a tannic red-wine aftertaste. (FTGFOP-1)(Special)

 


Nine Bend Black Dragon Tea Nine Bend Black Dragon Tea   

This fabulous tea is one of the finest examples of a Chinese black tea available on the market. Incidentally, it is also considered to be one of the luckiest teas in all of Asia. Throughout China, stories of this luck-inducing Congou style tea–a general term for whole leaf black Chinese teas–are so numerous that if they were compiled, they would read like an encyclopedia of good fortune. It all begins with a tea producer named Mr. Huyincai. In 1851, while making a routine inspection of his tea plants, Mr. Huyincai noticed a small section that seemed to be producing leaves of exceptional quality. Mr. Huyincai regarded this exceptional crop as a gift from Mother Nature and decided that it should be processed in a new and unique way. He plucked the leaf and decided to allow it to ferment before firing it, a process that turned the leaf black. While this technique is not unique, Mr. Huyincai also developed a complicated production procedure that resulted in a tea so special he decided to name it 9 Bend Black Dragon. Unfortunately, we can’t tell you much about his complicated production procedure since the details of it are judiciously guarded by a handful of people in Fuan City to this day. What we can tell you is that the name is both derived from the lucky 9 Bend River that flowed through his birth place of Wuyishan (9 is a lucky number in China), and the symbol of the black dragon, long considered lucky in China. 9 Bend Black Dragon–which goes by the production name of Panyong Needle –is only produced in the district of Panyong in Fuan City. Production totals these days are around 50 tons annually and the tea is still regarded by traders as one of Fujian’s finest exports. Professional tasters praise this tea for its exceptionally fresh, sweetish infusion, and bright golden cup. It is a well-structured tea with a mossy finish and delightful oaky notes. 9 Bend is an excellent after-dinner tea.

 

 


Homestyle Spiced Wine

 

Want to have something rich and fragrant to treat your guests?  This seasonal treat will warm up your spirits for holidays. Start with a decent grade of red or white table wine, no need for fancy stuff because it would be lost and its taste covered with spices. Please don’t use anything bad! It will still be bad spices and all!

Ingredients:

1 750mL bottle of table wine (either red or white)
1/2 cup sugar (to taste)
1 cinnamon stick, crushed to chips
 1 tsp orange rind
12 whole cloves
5 whole allspice

Place the spices in a large tea infuser or in a small piece of tied cheesecloth.
Put wine in a 4 quart pot, put the infuser in and let simmer gently for 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove the spices and serve hot with a cinnamon stick.