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Cheers To The Holidays

November 28, 2019 | Blog

Malaysia revolves around food and festivities. With the holiday season fast approaching, some of our favourite celebratory food has already started popping up in supermarkets. While everyone associates Christmas with traditional Western cuisine, an equally vital component is the season’s traditional drinks. Here are a few family-friendly ways to amp up your year-end beverages for both your parties and personal enjoyment!

Mulled Apple Cider

We might not celebrate autumn, but the recent rainy season has provided the optimal weather for a cosy evening and some warm brews! Aside from the conventional pumpkin spice latte, another fall favourite is a cup of hearty mulled apple cider. Serving up to 8 people, this recipe is perfect for chilling out with friends at home.

 

What You’ll Need:

8 cups apple cider

2 cinnamon sticks

2 whole allspice berries

2 whole cloves

1 orange, sliced thinly

 

How To Make It:

Combine the cider, cinnamon sticks, cloves, orange and ginger and simmer the mixture for 20 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a pitcher or flask, and serve the mulled cider warm.

 

Non-Alcoholic Eggnog

Dating back to medieval Britain, eggnog is a holiday staple that will find itself in both homes and parties to mark winter in the West. Eggnog is believed to be descendent of a drink named “posset”, which comprised hot curdled milk, ale or wine, and spices. As further descendent from a traditional eggnog, this version is an easy alternative fit for all your loved ones!

 

What You’ll Need:

6 large eggs

2 egg yolks

½ cup and 2 tbsp sugar

¼ tsp salt

4 cups whole milk

1 tbsp vanilla extract

½ tsp nutmeg, grated

¼ cup heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks

 

How To Make It:

Combine the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, and salt in a pan and whisk well. While whisking, pour milk in a slow, steady stream until completely mixed. Warm the mixture on low heat, stirring continuously until it thickens, for about 45-60 minutes.  Strain it into a bowl before stirring in vanilla extract and nutmeg, then refrigerate this egg-custard mix for at least 4 hours. Whip heavy cream into soft peaks, then combine into the cold egg-custard mixture. Serve your eggnog in chilled cups or glasses, complete with nutmeg garnish!

Rosemary Citrus Spritzer

If you’re looking to recharge and revitalise these school holidays, this next recipe will have you covered. Its fresh herbs and tart fruits offers a rejuvenating alternative to the more robust options on this list. Light, fresh, and floral, it can be served to accompany meals, as a beverage for gatherings, or on its own as a treat! 

 

What You’ll Need:

2 lemons

2 grapefruits

4 sprigs fresh rosemary

¾ cup sugar

¼ cup honey

Ice 

Soda water

Rosemary and lemon for garnish (optional)

 

How To Make It:

To begin, peel off thick strips of zest from 1 lemon. Juice the lemons and grapefruits to make about 1 cup of juice. Next, mix the zest, juice, rosemary, sugar, and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Boil it for 1 minute, stirring constantly, before letting it sit for 10 minutes. Strain it and let the syrup cool completely. Fill glasses halfway with ice cubes, add 2-3 tablespoons of syrup, then top it up with soda water and stir. Garnish your drink with rosemary sprigs or lemon slices if needed and enjoy!

 

Pomegranate Shirley Temple

Balancing pomegranate juice’s delectable sweetness with the citric tang of lemons, and peppermint freshness of mint leaves, this recipe offers an unconventional twist on a festive staple. If you’re looking for an exceptional party beverage this holiday for warm weather and all ages, here’s a fruity take ripe for sampling! 

 

What You’ll Need:

3 cans ginger ale

¾ cup pomegranate seeds, divided

Handful of mint leaves

Zest of 1 lemon

Ice cubes

1 cup pomegranate juice

¼ cup cane sugar

 

How To Make It:

To make grenadine, heat the pomegranate juice and sugar to a small pot over medium-high heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Bring it to a boil, then reduce it to medium-heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes before letting it cool. For one glass, just combine 1 can of ginger ale, ¼ cup of pomegranate seeds, a few mint leaves, ⅓ cup of grenadine and ice. Stir and enjoy!

It’s never too early to cheers to the festive season. Get all the essentials you need to try these simple recipes out from your nearest Village Grocer outlet!

 

Keep it fresh,

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