I'm getting more and more holiday party invitations and the one thing I love about holiday get togethers are the festive food and crazy cocktails. From holiday eggnog to spiced wines to hot cocoa and peppermint schnapps the spirits are flowing at the Focker household this holiday season.

 

The 97 Rock staff wants to share our holiday favorites and hope you can share yours with the 97 Rock Nation below. Every entry will be automatically entered into a drawing for a Mid Columbia Wine & Spirits $20 gift card. Mid Columbia Wine & Spirits and 97 Rock want you to drink responsibly this holiday season, remember 'Don't Drink and Drive'.

 

I love a little Evan Williams Peppermint Chocolate Eggnog mixed with a some milk. Similar to a White Russian only with a peppermint kick. - Gaylord Focker


Fireball seems to go well with just about everything. Well this year my favorite mixer with Fireball would have to be Angry Orchard Apple Cider. Mix up a shot(or two) with some Angry Orchard in a pounder and some ice you'll be singing Frosty was a Snowblower all night long. - The Brad


During the holiday's my husband and I find ourselves relaxing up at White Pass Ski Resort often and I love to relax with some Emeril Lagasse Hot Buttered Rum. - Stacy Lee

Photo from Flickr(Jessie Pearl)

Emeril Lagasse's Hot Buttered Rum -

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch salt
Bottle dark rum
Boiling water

In a bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Refrigerate until almost firm. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture into 12 small mugs. Pour about 3 ounces of rum into each mug (filling about halfway). Top with boiling water (to fill the remaining half), stir well, and serve immediately.


Entry #1 - Alan Meginnis / Amore Cider
1 Gallon Apple Cider
2 Cinnamon Sticks
1/2 teaspoon whole Nutmeg
Tuaca Italian Liquor
Whip Cream
Cinnamon Nutmeg Sugar Sprinkles

Simmer Cider with Cinnamon Sticks and Whole Nutmeg on Stove for 1 hour (no more than medium heat and do not bring to a boil)

MIX:
6 Oz Warm Cider
2 Oz Tuaca Italian Liquor (or to taste)
1 Dollop of Whip Cream on Top
Sprinkle of Cinnamon Nutmeg Sugar Sprinkles


Entry #2 - Chris Thompson / Waborita
A holiday drink or any day drink...welcome to the Cabo Wabo!!
Start with making a simple syrup:

2 cups Sugar (you might try less sugar, they can be pretty sweet with 2 to 1)
1 full cup warm water
1 T. Lemon juice (or 1/2 Lg. Lemon, squeezed)
Place sugar in thick pan. Add water, then lemon juice. Melt over med to med-high heat until just barely bubbling. Remove. Pour into clear dish. Chill. If stored in an air-tight container, it will hold indefinitely in the fridge.
3 oz. Cabo Wabo Reposado (doesn't taste right using any other tequila)
2 oz. FRESH squeezed Lime juice (about 1 Lg Lime)
1 oz. Simple Syrup (above recipe)
1/2 t cointreau
1/2 t damiana (if you don't have it, use a full teaspoon of the cointreau instead)
1/2 t blue curacao

In a shaker with ice, add the simple syrup first, then the lime juice. Shake. Follow with tequila, cointreau, and damiana. Shake vigorously. Pour into chilled martini glass. Slowly add blue curacao.

Are we having any fun yet!?


Entry #3 - Mel
Filtered water, chilled to perfection.

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