Since a booze-less day trapped at home with your family is a fate worse than Nutcracker, print these recipes from lauded local mixologists, cop the necessary components from your nearest shop o' spirits, and concoct merry-making potations that'll help keep the season bright, or at least you too lit to notice otherwise.
From Paige Lane of Empire State South
Mixed with rye, amaretto, and two bitters (Angostura & Cynar), this guy "tastes like Christmas" to its creator, who was inspired by her grandfather's stories about a drink his Italian-American family enjoyed during the holidays called the Sergio Leone, though it's not clear whether later on things turned good, bad, or ugly.
Click this link, print out the menu, and have a merry, Spaghetti Western-ish Christmas
Miles' Egg Nog
From Miles Macquarrie of Leon's Full Service
Use a tall Old Fashioned glass to enjoy this sweet & spike-y take on the Xmas classic, which in addition to rum and your choice of VS Cognac, includes maple syrup, nutmeg, a pinch of salt, and an egg, all of which you'll combine and "shake like crazy for 30 seconds", or what Pink Pony dancers call "$1 worth of work".
Once you've used the recipe that comes after clicking this link, you'll never buy T.G.I. Friday's brand again. Ever!
From Brandon Ley of Serpas True Food
This bubbly, sangria-ish sipper employs Cava, maraschino liqueur, sweet vermouth, and club soda. It's totally suitable as a single drink on the rocks, but if you expand the recipe and roll out a big ol' bowl and some ice, it also works great as a party punch, which Jesus would probably like better than the birthday ones from his disciples...that Simon Peter packs a whallop!
Make your holiday party pop off with Brandon's recipe