Here’s another excellent guest post from @MariaRamos1889, this time with a festive theme.
Nothing soothes the soul during the holidays quite like a watching some uplifting holiday classics. For an added bit of fun try pairing your favorite movies with some delicious malt liquors. Here are a few suggestions to start you off on your Christmas movie marathon.
In Elf, Will Ferrell plays an orphan adopted by Santa’s elves one Christmas eve. Upon discovering who his real father is he sets out into the real world and, of course, he’s in for a bit of a culture shock.
An Irish Coffee is the perfect accompanying beverage for this holiday comedy because when Buddy sees a co worker pouring whiskey (he assumes it’s just syrup) into his coffee, Buddy tries and becomes amusingly tipsy. Oh, what fun!
2 2/3 oz. Hot coffee
1 1/3 oz. Irish Whiskey
1 tsp. Brown Sugar
1 oz. Fresh Cream
Heat the coffee, whiskey, and sugar but do not boil. Pour and top with cream. Serve hot.
It’s a Wonderful Life
It’s a Wonderful Life is a heartfelt classic. George Bailey (James Stewart), down and out, contemplates suicide until he is sent a guardian angel (Henry Travers) to lift his moral and boost his holiday spirits.
Upon going to a bar George requests: “Mulled wine, heavy on the cinnamon and light on the cloves.” So, the drink of choice: Mulled wine, naturally.
1 liter dry red wine
2 (5cm) cinnamon sticks
1 dessertspoon whole cloves
1 dessertspoon whole allspice
1 large piece orange rind (avoid the pith)
1 large piece lemon rind (avoid the pith)
4 tps. sugar, or to taste
Gently heat everything. Stir in 2 tablespoons of sugar and once dissolved add more to taste.
Keep on medium to low heat for 20 minutes to flavor infuse the wine. Pour in a mug and garnish with orange peels. Zesty!
A Christmas Story
Based on a short story, A Christmas Story is about little Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wanting only one thing for Christmas: a red ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle. This movie brings back fond memories of the anticipation of asking for certain gifts and opening them, or not, on Christmas. A Mudslide is a simple and perfect, childlike, adult milkshake for this holiday season.
1 1/2 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/2 oz. Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
Pour Hershey’s chocolate syrup around the inside rim of your glass. Mix Bailey’s and Kahlua, pour into your chocolate glass and enjoy!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas stars the charming Jim Carrey as the cranky pants Grinch and a young Taylor Momsen as little Cindy Lou Who. A reimagine of Dr. Seuss’ book and animated movie, under the same name. The Grinch, irritated by all the joyous singing and Christmas cheer down in Whoville, decides he’s going to ruin Christmas. However, in the midst of his plans he has a change of heart and decides to try to fix what he’s torn apart. A delicious Appletini is the perfect things to melt your grinchy heart, why? Because it’s green and it’s got a bit of a snap to it, like the Grinch.
1 1/2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Green Apple Schnapps
1/4 oz. Lemon Juice
Simply mix and pour.
Home Alone 2
Home Alone 2 once again stars the lovable little Macaulay Culkin as Kevin and this time, in the hustle and bustle of his large family’s Christmas vacation plans he accidentally boards the wrong flight. So, while Kevin enjoys his New York trip his parents once again frantically try to search for him. He also happens to run into everyone’s favorite wishy-washy burglars Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern). So, what better drink to have while watching Kevin explore New York than a Manhattan.
1 oz. Italian Vermouth
2 oz. Bourbon Whiskey
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
(Optional) a maraschino cherry or a twist orange peel
Gently mix. Pour the strained mixture over a cherry and rub an orange over the rim of the glass.
These excellent pairings would be perfect for a holiday party or even a winter night in by yourself. And if you just can’t seem to find the movies you’re looking for you can catch great movies like It’s a Wonderful Life and Elf on cable TV (check your local details here or here) this season – heck you could probably catch all kinds of holiday movies right now, why wait? Mix a drink and enjoy.