Getting in the Holiday Spirit....with well...spirits

by: Sara on 12/08/2016

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

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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!

hot toddy

Image by SharonGott: http://bit.ly/2h8afQt

Hot Toddy

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)

Soda water

Lime Wedge

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

Craft Distilling, and all other New Society books, are 35% off until December 12th. Just enter the coupon code Winter2016 at check out.

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