Get Festive with Holiday Cocktails and Punches!
Whether your holiday gatherings will be big or small, a festive punch or cocktail made with dairy is a perfect way to celebrate!
Years ago, at a 4-H meeting, I had my first taste of strawberry milk punch. Dairy farming friends made it with strawberry milk, a carbonated beverage and something else. The combination amazed me, but I was more surprised that it tasted fabulous!
Unfortunately, I’ve lost touch with my friends, but I still use dairy products to create wonderful party beverages. These days, I even occasionally add milk or cream to cocktails. If that sounds strange, think about the creamy richness dairy products contribute to other recipes. No other ingredients add that quality. So why not use them for punches and cocktails?
Hazelnut Cream Liqueur, is a luscious after-dinner sipper, making it the perfect ending for a New Year’s Eve (or any other) dinner party. I also love to give it to friends as a holiday gift. Pour it into decorative bottles and tie them with pretty ribbon. It’s the gift that your friends and family will be raving about for months to come.
This yummy drink is a variation of the punch I remember from my 4-H friends. My version mixes a creamy concoction of carbonated orange milk in a pitcher. At party time, simply pour it over orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream that’s frozen into glasses. Serve this one at family gatherings, kids parties or even baby showers. The sweet ginger ale and ice cream combine with tangy orange juice, creating a beverage that’s just satisfyingly sweet, but not overly so.
Fantastic fresh strawberries show up in Michigan grocery stores around Christmas and then, again, before Valentine’s Day as well as during Spring months, making this crème de cacao and vodka spiked Creamy Strawberry Sipper (insert recipe link) an all-season cocktail punch. You can even omit the alcohol for a family-friendly version. The alcohol-free version tastes like rich, fresh strawberry milk, while the alcohol-enhanced version tastes a bit like a chocolate-covered strawberry.
Although it takes less work to purchase a can or carton of eggnog, it won’t taste nearly as good as homemade (insert recipe link). Our recipe cooks the egg yolks and folds in whipped cream instead of beaten raw egg whites, so it’s safe for everyone to drink. You can choose the alcohol-free version or one spiked with bourbon and rum—either is great. In my opinion, once you make homemade eggnog, it will be difficult to go back to the purchased variety!
Give one or more of these recipes a try. You, too, may be pleasantly surprised at how good punch made with dairy products tastes. Check out our other holiday-themed recipes!