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Cocktails and Movies Holiday Cocktails #18: Whiskey Rum Eggnog

by Tim Barley

The Whiskey Rum Eggnog, or how I got an “A” in short film class…

cocktails and movies EggnogA long time ago, in a state far away, I finally settled on a major after passing through business, psychology, and education. The recurring theme in those majors was math. Once a pretty solid math student, my brain made a major shift toward circular and creative thinking somewhere in my teens and math became my Achille’s Heel. So, in my sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin, I found my love of film. In my junior  year, I started the first of my three hands-on film classes. It was the days before the end of the first Fall semester. The day we were to share our projects with our class, I brought two gallons of spiked eggnog to share with the professor and the class. Needless to say that I got an “A” and around this time, what would someday become “Cocktails and Movies” was born.

Cocktails and Movies Holiday Cocktails #17: Holiday Milk Punch

by Tim Barley

A perfect recipe for  you to warm up with and share a Christmas cookie with someone

cocktails and movies milk punchAs we near the “12 Days of Christmas” cocktail section of our “30 Days of Cocktails,” we look for a few cocktails with liquors that we haven’t used yet. We’ve got quite a few rums and a few whiskeys and this week we’ve been working the heck out of the agave plant. So, today I’m turning the attention to the brandy section of the office bar. Senior writer Mike Reyes has his Schiller’s Bar Guide. As for me, I just mix up what is available. (Kind of the way I cook, too) But, with brandy, it’s a bit harder for me to create recipes, so I turn to the Internet for suggestions. And this is how I came up with: Holiday Mike Punch.

So, here we go:

The Drink:

Holiday Milk Punch

A bit more involved that I’d normally like, it doesn’t seem to hard and is probably an after dinner cocktail to sit by the fire and watch a movie with that special someone. Try tonight’s “Take Out Theater” selection, “A Midnight Clear.”

  • 2 tsps powdered sugar
  • 2 tsps water
  • 2 ozs brandy
  • 1 oz rum (aged)
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsps half and half (or heavy cream)
  • ice
  • ground nutmeg
  1. Put sugar in a small bowl. Add water, stir until sugar is dissolved. Add rum and brandy.
  2. Combine milk and cream; place in shaker with some ice. Add rum mixture and shake well. Strain into an Irish Coffee glass. Sprinkle with nutmeg and enjoy.
After those directions, it doesn’t look too hard. It actually looks quite good. I haven’t tried it with less than whole milk, so that might change the recipe a bit if you don’t drink the heavy stuff. Enjoy it and if you make it at home, send us a photo and share with us on Facebook or Twitter.
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Cocktails and Movies Holiday Cocktail #13: Hot Buttered Rum

by Mike Reyes

Another prime cocktail choice for the literate inebriates out there.

The other day, while I was in the checkout line over at my local Target, I found a cocktail manual (simply entitled Cocktail Recipes) published by Pilsbury’s cook book division. I figured I’d give it a buy and see what sorts of tips and tactics it had within its very covers. While it’s no Schiller’s Liquor Bar collection, it’s a handy introductory guide into the world of mixing, particularly if you’re starting out as a party host. A couple concoctions stood out in my mind, and one of them was an old stand-by that always helps keep the cheeks rosy during those cold winter months. Prepare to kick Jack Frost in the icicles as we mix up a batch of the warm, the lovely…

Hot Buttered Rum

2 oz. rum (preferably something dark, like say The Kraken Black Spiced Rum)
1 tsp packed brown sugar
3/4 – 1 cup boiling water or hot milk
2 tsp butter
Ground nutmeg

Combine rum and sugar in warm Irish coffee glass or mug. Stir in boiling water or hot milk. Float Butter on top and sprinkle with Nutmeg.

Day 13 of our 30 Holi-Days of Cocktails and Movies, and we’ve only begun to scale the peaks of the recipes we have on hand. Keep an eye out for more delicious Holiday drink suggestions, as well as our 12 Drinks of Christmas in the near future as President Tim returns to the cocktail selections prior to taking Cocktails and Movies on the road for the last half of December to his home state of Michigan. You can bet he’s going the heated cocktail route!

Happy Saturday, Mixers! Remember, don’t watch bad movies unless you have a good cocktail and DON’T DRINK & DRIVE!

Cocktails and Movies Cocktail #4: Winter Rum Punch Cocktail

by Tim Barley

Brrrr! Winter is here (or there). Make things warm if you’re not right in the kitchen today

Cocktails and Movies cocktail Winter Rum PunchLooking at the Accuweather forecast today, (The Weather Channel has just lost it in a CNN kind of way…), I can see that everywhere but Miami and here are in for a cool day today. What better way to warm things up if you’re not right in the middle of the kitchen slaving over a turkey today than some Winter Rum Punch.

Just make sure to make a extra for that special someone sticking their head and hands into that oven as they check on that 17 lb behemoth cooking to perfection. This one is also perfect for large get togethers and a tonic for those moments after the family football game in the yard, soothing both hurt bodies and hurt feelings:

The Drink:

Winter Rum Punch Cocktail


2 parts light rum
1 part apple cider
1 part Orange liqueur (Benedictine is also suggested)
1/2 part maple syrup
1/2 part fresh lemon juice

Cocktails and Movies cocktail Winter Rum PunchCombine ingredients in a shaker (or punch bowl if preparing a large batch). Add ice when ready to serve, and stir well. Then pour into high ball or wine glasses. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

So there you have it, everyone! Mix these up for a large group and sit back and enjoy a movie, and remember to drink in moderation and NEVER drink and drive.

Happy Holidays from us at Cocktails and Movies!  (Remember to share this and all our other holiday-centric posts from Facebook and Twitter to be eligible to win free stuff from Cocktails and Movies.)