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Brandy Cocktails

Bolthouse Farms Holiday Nog

The holidays just aren’t the same without a little eggnog. And eggnog just isn’t the same without a little something extra.

I don’t generally care for most store-bought nogs, but I have to say, this Bolthouse Farms Holiday Nog is quite tasty. Rich and creamy and brown sugar sweet without being cloying or gloopy.

As for that little something extra…You can add any of your favorite brown spirits: whiskey, rum (especially spiced rum), brandy, whatever you desire. In this case I chose Delord Bas Armagnac X.O., a tasty blend of brandies 15 years and older that can be had for a reasonable price, usually around $50-60.

Top with a little freshly ground nutmeg and you’ve got a perfect little sweet treat. The holidays are hot on our heels! Better stock up now. You’re gonna need it.

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Gifts

Happy Holidays from Professor Cocktail

I've been battling the flu for the past two weeks, which is why the site has been silent. Other than feeling like I was run over by Ray Lewis, the hardest part is that I haven't been able to try out any of the new cocktails or spirits that have come my way. But hopefully I'll be recovered soon and can join you in exploring the many wonderful new boozes that will be coming our way this year.

In the meantime, I hope Santa brought you something wonderful for Christmas. He kindly brought me a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. What a great guy!

Pappy
Here's looking forward to a great year.

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Brandy Mixology Rum Whiskey

Spiking the Egg Nog

My sister wrote to me yesterday to ask about adding liquor to store-bought egg nog. While I highly recommend making your own egg nog — it just tastes so much better than the stuff from the store — I realize a lot of people don't want to put in the time to do this.

In that case, you definitely want to add some spirits to your nog. Otherwise, the stuff is just nasty, with no redeeming alcoholic kick. But what kind to add?

Bourbon is the traditional accompaniment to egg nog, and it works well. Don't bother putting anything too expensive in it — the subtleties of the taste will just get lost. So use something like Evan Williams Black Label and you'll be off and running. If you want to go a little more upscale, you could always use Buffalo Trace.

There are some people, however, who are put off by the flavor of bourbon. For them, I would recommend using brandy as the spirit in your egg nog. You could go with a VS Cognac, although probably even that is overkill. Buy a bottle of good, cheap French brandy — Raynal VSOP is excellent and under $15 — and your nog will be more than worth drinking.

Your third option is rum. I love rum, and I do sometimes have it in my egg nog, but I don't think it works as well as brandy. It makes a nice change of pace, but it wouldn't be my go-to selection. If you do want to use rum, I would recommend a gold/dark Jamaican variety. Appleton VX would be great, but Coruba or Myers would work in a pinch.

The other question is: how much to use? This really depends on you. I would recommend something around 2 ounces of spirit per cup of egg nog to start. (Basically, one shot per mug.) You can always add more if you like it a little stronger.

Merry Christmas!