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Relish Caterers + Event planning – Fall Entertaining Series- December 5th, 2012

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Here are some drinks to warm you up from the inside (alcoholic) and out (warm in temperature).



Warmed from the inside out: 
Winter Quiver
1 oz SKYY Infusions Cherry Vodka
1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
4 frozen Bing cherries or 1/2 pomegranate (seeded)
Splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice
Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne
Gently muddle the Bing cherries or pomegranate with SKYY Infusions Cherry Vodka in a mixing pint. Add ice, Maraschino Liqueur, and lemon juice and shake. Strain into a Champagne flute and top with Champagne. Garnish with lemon zest.
Winter Wonderland
1 part Absolut Apeach
2 dashes peach bitters
1 sugar cube (white)
Combine sugar cube, peach bitters, and Absolut Apeach in a Champagne glass. Top off with Champagne.
Reindeer Tracks
2 oz Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka
1 oz Hazelnut Liqueur
1/2 oz Crème de Cacao
Splash of Cream
2 Chocolate cookie wafers
Rim a martini glass with crushed up chocolate cookie crumbs and set aside. Shake Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka, hazelnut liqueur, Crème de Cacao and cream over ice and pour into the martini glass. Dust top with more chocolate cookie crumbs.
Warm from the outside in: 
Mexican Hot Chocolate with Dulce de Leche Cream
Recipe by Brooke McLay
Creamy Mexican Hot Chocolate
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
4 cups milk
2 cups vanilla bean ice cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water (add 1/2 cup more for a thinner cup of hot chocolate)
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 teaspoons pure vanilla (use Mexican vanilla, if you have it)
Grate the chocolate with a fine-edged grater. In a large saucepan, heat the milk, ice cream and sugar on low, just as the mixture begins to steam (but don’t let it boil!) then whisk in the grated chocolate. Whisk in the cinnamon, vanilla and water. Heat mixture just until steaming. Serve with spicy Dulce de Leche whipped cream.
Spicy Dulce de Leche Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips, crushed
In a large bowl, beat heavy cream until soft peaks form. Slowly beat in the brown sugar until cream becomes light and fluffy (if you don’t have access to fresh, very soft brown sugar, just use regular white sugar to keep the cream from becoming grainy). Mix in the cinnamon and cayenne. Pipe on top of hot cocoa. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and crushed chocolate to garnish.
Nutella Hot Chocolate
makes 1 cup
1 cup milk
2 tbsp Nutella
Combine milk and Nutella in a sauce pan over medium-low heat. Whisk until Nutella melts and milk gets hot.
- Extra Rich Variation
Add 2 additional teaspoons Nutella and 1 tsp sweetened cocoa powder.
- Cinnamony Variation
Add a cinnamon stick to the pot when making either the original or extra rich version. Once milk is hot, lower the heat and allow to simmer an extra 5 minutes.
Hot Toffee Chocolate Recipe
4 cups milk
2 oz butterscotch chips
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons sugar
a very small pinch of salt
toffee chocolate chips (Heath chips)
whipped cream
1. Place chocolate and butterscotch chips in the food processor. Pulse until they are fine. Place milk in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add chocolate and butterscotch pieces. Add salt and sugar. Whisk well and simmer for 3 – 4 minutes, or chocolate is completely melted.
2. Serve topped with whipped cream and toffee pieces.


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