Getting in the Holiday Spirit....with well...spirits
Okay, maybe the title could be a bit confusing. Spirits? Like, ghosts? While that would certainly be an interesting topic, I think the closest I’d like to get to actual ghosts this holiday season is an evening on the couch watching Scrooge...with a spirit in hand!
I’m sure many of us have a relative that may imbibe a wee bit too much during the holiday season, and still others that are teetotalers. I think most of us can agree, though, that there’s a happy medium. And since during our 12 Days
of Giving we are celebrating hygge -- which, rumour has it, evolved from folks huddling around the fire, consuming alcoholic beverages to help endure the long, cold, dark Scandinavian winter -- I thought what better way to celebrate than with a couple of recipes from Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home by Victoria Redhed Miller.
In her introduction Victoria affirms that spirits are for sharing. "My own experience, and I daresay most people who make their own beer and wine will say the same, is that I give away more of the spirits I make than I ever drink myself. If you've ever given away a a jar of homemade jam, or hand painted a greeting card, or baked a loaf of bread to surprise someone, you'll no what I mean. There is no small satisfaction in creating something beautiful or delicious and then sharing it with someone else."
Skål is a Danish toast to goodwill and friendship. So here's to lifting a glass with friends and family over the holidays -- skål to you and yours!
1/2 ounce (15ml) brandy, rum or both
1 teasponn (5ml) honey
1/2 ounce (15 ml) fresh lemon juice
Combine ingredients in a much and fill with hot water or teas.
There are many variations including adding cinnamon or adding a lemon, lime or orange slice or substitute homemade ginger syrup for the lemon juice (see recipe at bottom)
Dark and Stormy
2 ounces (60 ml) dark rum (homemade or Gosling's or Myers's)
1 -1/2 ounces (45ml) homemade ginger syrup (see below)
Squeeze the lime into a highbal glass and drop it in. Add the rum, ginger syrup and enough soda water to fill within half an inch of the rim. Add ice to fill.
Ginger Syrup a Jar at a Time
Tom make ginger syrup one quart at at time, Use the following quantities
1-1/2 cups (375 ml) sugar
3 cups water
1 ounce (30g) fresh ginger
Juice and peel of 1/2organic lemon
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