by Kris Mulkey
Whenever I hear tequila and Christmas I immediately think of the Christmas we spent in Mazatlan. We painted coconuts to hang on a Christmas tree, ran around with Santa hats and bathing suits, and had some fabulous tequila cocktails on our patio. It’s not quite the same as Christmas at home, but it’s fabulous swinging in a hammock thinking of friends shoveling snow in the bitter cold at home.
I hope you create some happy memories with friends and family this holiday season. Here are two twists on classic holiday drinks you can make with tequila. Feliz Navidad!
Blitzen’s Mexican Egg Nog
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
1 pint whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
4 ounces Cabo Wabo Reposado
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
4 egg whites
In a bowl, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Add the milk, cream, tequila and nutmeg and stir to combine. Place the egg whites in the bowl and beat to soft peaks. With the mixer still running gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Whisk the egg whites into the mixture. Chill and serve. Top each egg nog with grated cinnamon and nutmeg.
Hard Rocker Cider
In a pot or crockpot, heat and stir cider, cranberry juice cocktail, and nutmeg on low just until hot for 2 hours. Do not boil. When ready to serve, turn on high for 10 minutes and stir in tequila and liqueur. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. Servings: 6