It is officially December. The Christmas carols are turned up full volume, the trees are ablaze with festive lights and the cozy sweaters and coats have broken out of their hiding. Everything around you reflects the holidays and winter — so it’s only fitting that your cocktails should too! I have some really great recipes in my Complete Book of Mixed Drinks, but one of my favorite seasonal recipes is this classic Eggnog.
• 2 to 3 ounces of brandy
• ½ an ounce of sugar syrup (or to taste)
• 1 cup of milk
• 1 egg
• 1 scoop of crushed ice
• Freshly ground nutmeg
Mix all ingredients, except the nutmeg, in a shaker. Strain the mixture into a chilled highball glass. Sprinkle the nutmeg on top. A quick, easy and delicious cocktail, this holiday favorite is the perfect way to ring in December. Stay warm and drink up!