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  • Andrrr
    Club Member
    • May 2019
    • 334
    • Wisconsin
    • WSM 22”
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    What's your holiday drink tradition?

    Wondering if you have a Thanksgiving or general holiday drink tradition. Ever since I could remember my parents and family drank Southern Comfort Manhattans Dry, mixed 4:1 by the batch in a 4 cup measuring cup with a splash of green olive juice, served with 2 green olives... I know because it's been my job since probably late middle school. As I neared drinking age I got in on the fun too and it's been that way ever since. As I got older I realized this is not a common way to drink these but it always reminds me of the holidays because it's really the only time I have them. So, what's your holiday drink?
  • Attjack
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    • Aug 2017
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    Spanish coffees on Thanksgiving morning and everyone has to wear a wig.


    • Attjack
      Attjack commented
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      Andrrr Rub the rim of a heat resistant glass with lemon, coat the rim with sugar, then add 3/4 oz. of 151 rum and set it ablaze. Once the sugar is caramelized add 1/4 oz. of Cointreau, 1-1/2 oz. Kahlúa, and top off with fresh coffee. Garnish with whipped cream and freshly grates nutmeg.

    • smokin fool
      smokin fool commented
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      My recipe is quite different, rimming of the cup is the same, I prefer lime juice over lemon.
      Into the cup 1/2 oz Kalua, 1/2 oz Baileys with a dollop of Brandy and add coffee.
      Top with whip cream then drizzle Cointreau over the whip cream.

    • Andrrr
      Andrrr commented
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      Looks like I have some “research” to do
  • JoeSousa
    Club Member
    • Sep 2016
    • 879
    • Spokane, WA

    I work in the marketing department at a very large online retailer so in Black Friday and Cyber Monday my boss and I sit around on our couches in the evening refreshing the reports to see if we cross our big number goals for those days and do shots of Fireball. That is about the only real holiday drinking tradition I have.


    • crazytown3
      Club Member
      • Jul 2019
      • 185
      • Stansbury Park, UT USA
      • Weber Performer (AH) - Black
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      I stash a few drinks around the house, sometimes outside if it's cold enough. Then I can "check on something" and have a quick treat, without looking like a lush.


      • Steve R.
        Steve R. commented
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        Seek help, my man! 😄

      • crazytown3
        crazytown3 commented
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        I guess I should clarify. By 'stash' I mean a couple beers in the upstairs fridge, a couple in the downstairs fridge, and maybe a couple on the patio by the grill if the temperature is cold enough. My In-Laws think one beer is too much, so I dunno.
    • Murdy
      Club Member
      • May 2018
      • 464
      • North-Central Illinois

      Homemande Bailey's-like drink Christmas Eve; Homemade egg nog Christmas day


      • klflowers
        Club Member
        • Sep 2015
        • 3260
        • Tennessee

        A cold brewski with my turkey dinner. Used to be my mom wouldn't drink any beer but Budweiser (seriously - if a place didn't have Bud, she would get water), so when I came of age, that was the drink of choice. Now days I am kind of partial to Sam Adams.


        • Steve R.
          Club Member
          • Jul 2016
          • 2326
          • Elizabethtown, KY
          • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Smokey Mountain 22" w/ Guru adapter.

          Just enough alcohol to be able to deal with in-laws.


          • Chris_n_Wyoming
            Former Member
            • Sep 2019
            • 18
            • Wyoming Ontario Canada

            Originally posted by Murdy View Post
            Homemande Bailey's-like drink Christmas Eve; Homemade egg nog Christmas day
            I have to agree with the homemade Irish Cream. Quick and easy to make with a big cost savings.


            • Craigar
              Craigar commented
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              My wife just whipped up a batch the other night while cooking dinner. I love that stuff. From what I witness strolling through the kitchen, she got a little heavy handed on the whiskey so I can't wait to give it a try tomorrow morning.
          • ssandy_561
            Charter Member
            • Apr 2015
            • 1206
            • Central OHIO

            Apricot Brandy Slush

            2 Cups Water
            4 Tea Bags
            1 Cup Sugar

            2 Cups Apricot Brandy
            12 oz Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice (Thawed)
            12 oz Frozen Concentrated Lemonade (Thawed)
            3 Cups Water

            Lemon Lime Soda (Sprite, 7up, Sierra Mist)

            Boil 2 Cups Water
            Steep Tea Bags in water for 3 to 5 minutes
            Remove Tea Bags
            Add Sugar and dissolve

            Let Cool

            Stir in Apricot Brandy, Orange Juice Concentrate, Lemonade Concentrate and 3 Cups Water

            Transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze overnight. I use a shallow plastic tupperware container with an air tight lid.

            To serve, scoop slush mix in glass and add Lemon Lime soda.

            I usually go three parts slush mix to one part soda.



            • luvthemstillers
              Club Member
              • Jul 2019
              • 208
              • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

              Wild Turkey Rare Breed served neat in my Wild Turkey rocks glass. Slow sippin throughout the day.


              • Beefchop
                Charter Member
                • Oct 2014
                • 435
                • Lafayette, LA
                • XL Big Green Egg, Shirley Fabrication 24"x42" Patio Cooker

                A lot.


                • wu7y
                  wu7y commented
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                  . . . of whatever is available.

                • Beefchop
                  Beefchop commented
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                  In all seriousness, our tradition is to have something made with an American whisky where corn is part of the mash bill.
              • barelfly
                Club Member
                • Dec 2017
                • 1089
                • New Mexico

                Bourbon. Neat.


                • jfmorris
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                  • Nov 2017
                  • 3037
                  • Huntsville, Alabama
                  • Jim Morris

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                    • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

                  I’m boring I guess, as I am a beer guy. Right now I have a Russian Imperial Stout (13%) on tap that was aged in a Jack Daniels Barrel for 6 months, and an Old Ale (think big boozy porter - 11%) that aged in the same Jack Daniels Barrel for 2 years (we forgot about it). Both beers are very good ‘winter warmers’. For regular drinking there is an Irish a Red (5%).

                  I did get some champagne at the store tonight and OJ to make a pitcher of mimosas for breakfast, for the womenfolk to sip while we have breakfast and cook.
                  Last edited by jfmorris; November 27, 2019, 09:17 PM.


                  • au4stree
                    au4stree commented
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                    Those selections are far from boring.

                  • Loren
                    Loren commented
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                    You barrel age your own beer?! Color me impressed!

                  • jfmorris
                    jfmorris commented
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                    Beefchop - haha thanks. I would love to have a snow bank to hide beer in though!

                    au4stree thanks - I enjoy them, just not into liquor, although I enjoy the occasional bourbon or whiskey.

                    Loren, the barrel aging is a venture with my local home brew club, that way multiple folk can brew 5 to 10 gallons of a given recipe, to fill a 53 gallon bourbon or whiskey barrel, or a 60 gallon wine barrel. I don’t think I would want to brew that much by myself for sure!
                • tamidw
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2017
                  • 57
                  • NW Oregon

                  No traditions on drinks, but I should start one with something! Guess I’m always busy making all the food, I forget to grab a drink sometimes.


                  • Jerod Broussard
                    • Jun 2014
                    • 9749
                    • East Texas
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                    Cranberry juice. Glad I saw this. Forgot it in the truck.


                    • smokin fool
                      smokin fool commented
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                      Ahh yes, good for the urinary tract that Cranberry juice



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