What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  




     Home  >  Articles  > Recipes
by Courtesy of Colleen Mullaney

Related: holiday, fall, thanksgiving, christmas, kids, adults, parents, children, cocktails, drinks, beverages, cider, emperor, ho ho,

As the temperature drops, spice up your next dinner party with a festive beverage or cozy in with a family-friendly mocktail. These drink recipes, courtesy of author and style expert Colleen Mullaney, are fun to make and - whether you choose to add alcohol or not -- are sure to warm up your holiday spirit.


Mulled Cider recipeMulled Cider

Serves 10

Large earthenware of insulated serving bowl and mugs or glasses

10 cups apple cider

5 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnishing glasses

About 40 whole cloves

12 orange slices

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

3 small apples


In a large saucepan, combine the cider, cinnamon sticks, 10 of the cloves, six of the orange slices, the ginger, and the nutmeg. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, stud the apples with the remaining cloves. 

Strain the spiced cider into the serving bowl. Garnish with the clove studded apples and remaining orange slices and serve. Tuck fresh cinnamon sticks in individual glasses, if you like. 

Variation: to really take the chill out, add 2 cups of bourbon just before serving. 



The Emperor recipeThe Emperor (for adults only)

Serves 4


8 oz/ 237 ml espresso

4 oz/118 ml Absolut Vanilla vodka

4 oz/ 118ml Kahlúa

4 oz/118 ml light cream or milk

8 oz/ 237 heavy cream for whipping

Coffees beans to garnish


Prepare espresso. Warm light cream or milk. Pour espresso evenly into four glasses and top with milk. Add vodka and Kahlua. Whip heavy cream until soft peaks form. Top off each serving with a heaping spoonful of whipped cream. Garnish with coffee beans. 


Holiday Ho Ho recipe


Holiday Ho Ho (variation)

Serves 12

24 eggs separated

2 cups sugar 

1 cup bourbon

2 cups brandy 

4 cups heavy cream

8 cups whole milk

1 quart good quality vanilla ice cream, softened 

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Freshly ground nutmeg for sprinkling 


In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks and sugar until thick. Add the bourbon and brandy and mix to combine thoroughly. The liquor will "cook" the eggs. Add the cream and milk and continue beating while adding the ice cream in small amounts until combined. Stir in the vanilla extract. 

In another bowl, with clean beaters, beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold into the ice cream mixture. Pour into the punch bowl, sprinkle with nutmeg to taste, and serve. 

For nonalcoholic Holiday Ho Ho, omit the bourbon and brandy and add 2 teaspoons each ground nutmeg and cinnamon. 


COLLEEN MULLANEY is the author of Punch and It's 5 o'clock Somewhere. For more information, visit www.colleenmullaney.com.

Get Your FREE Indoor Activity eGuide!

More Recipes Articles

7 Recipes for a Delicious Easter Brunch

Lion Birthday Cake
Tahitian Vanilla Cake with Fudgy Chocolate Ganache
Essential Yellow Birthday Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Recipes for Basil Pineapple Fried Rice and Granola Banana Bran Muffins

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local Recipes Sponsors

Green Vale School (The)
250 Valentine's Lane
Old Brookville , NY
The Green Vale School is one of the nation's premi...

Morningside Montessori School
251 W. 100th St.
New York, NY
Love and learning are two central elements of a ha...

Veracity Learning Inc.
65-11 181 St.
Fresh Meadows , NY

Clix Portrait Studios
326 Walt Whitman Rd. (Rte. 110)
Huntington Station, NY
CoverGirlz party hosted by CLIX for your 7- to 17-...

River Valley Pediatrics
531 Central Avenue
Scarsdale, NY
Our patients deserve state-of-the-art care in a fa...
See Our Recipes Directory

local zones


Nassau cont.


Suffolk cont.


Westchester cont.



Rockland cont.


Queens cont.


Brooklyn cont.


Copyright 2014 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE