Making a Yuletide Flip 

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Whether you spike or not it's known as ait de poule from the French which literally means hen milk; or egg flip by the British. With low taxed rum easily available from the caribbean it was a way for the British to inexpensively extend their dairy. Here in North America it's eggnog. The popular yuletide beverage received it's popularity with the colonies in the 18th century due to the large amount of dairy available in the new world. As corn and rye became a staple in the colonies, whiskey and bourbon became the common dairy stretcher to the traditional British egg flip. So you could say Americans gave rum the flip so to speak as whiskey and bourbon found it's way into glasses in North America. 

There is good reason why rich and delicious eggnog is limited to being served-up only during the holiday season. Is it possibly the caloric intake, or is it just reason to reserve it to be one of those nostalgic beverages you look forward to toasting with each and every year? May be a bit of both. 

One thing is for sure, if I am toasting with it, it might as well be spiked! Cheers!

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Hirsch's Traditional Eggnog 

Recipe by Chef George Hirsch | Makes 4 Servings

6 egg yolks, save the whites *see below

2 cups milk

2 cups heavy cream

1/2 cup bourbon, or rum 

1/4 brandy

1/2 cup pure cane sugar, or Turbinado

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon fresh grated orange rind

Using a mixer with a whip attachment on medium speed; whip the egg yolks until light in color, about 4-5 minutes. Add sugar and mix until completely dissolved. Set aside.

In double boiler, combine the milk, heavy cream, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange rind and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and combine, while tempering the hot milk-cream mixture into the egg-sugar mixture.

Return all ingredients to double boiler and heat constantly stirring with a spatula until the mixture reaches 160 degrees (well below simmer), eggnog begins to resemble custard.

Remove from the heat, stir in the bourbon, and brandy. Pour into a bowl, cool and refrigerate for at least two-four hours. Best if refrigerated overnight.

Serve in cups with a shaved chocolate, or unsweetened cocoa powder dusted on top.

Optional Toppings: with a dollop of *meringue (made from all the left over egg whites), or ice cream, or whipped cream.

Directions to make Meringue...

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George Hirsch’s Fresh Squeezed Mimosa

Tune-in GHL on Create TV this Weekend for Brunch-Time Marathon, Sat 9:30AM + 9:30PM, Sun 3:30PM--PLUS be inspired for great summer dishes and George's road trips during the weekly schedule of GHL 7:30AM + 1:30PM Tuesdays + Thursdays 

Here's to celebrating summer! I created this recipe as an answer to beat the heat. Enjoy my refreshing cocktail with someone you care about and cheers to enjoying a fun filled summer.

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As seen on episode title Being Served. George cooks-up a brunch fit for a king & queen with Fresh Squeezed Mimosa, Fried Egg Crab Salad, Johnny Cakes and Savory Lamb Sausage. George visits a historic inn, for inspiration, the art of hospitality, while preserving one of the Hampton's East End, LI treasured landmarks.

George Hirsch’s Fresh Squeezed Mimosa

Makes 2 drinks 

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2 cups Prosecco  

1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice, or fresh peach juice

2 small scoops lemon sorbet 

2 sprigs fresh mint

In two champagne or margarita glasses, divide the orange juice and Prosecco. Place one scoop of sorbet in each glass. Top with mint. Serve immediately.

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Warm Up with My Mulled Cider

A Great night to warm up with my mulled cider!

 

My Mulled Cider Beverage will surely put you in the mood this Christmas season. Serve upon guests arrival—a warm beverage with seasonal spices is the perfect way to welcome holiday spirit. 

 

Hot Mulled Cider

Recipe By @GeorgeHirsch | Makes 8, eight ounce servings

 

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2 quart apple cider 

1/4 cup brown sugar 

2-3 whole cloves; or more to garnish orange 

1 Jumbo size orange 

8 Cinnamon sticks 

 

Optional: 4 ounces each Dark Rum & Vodka

 

In a small sauce pot, mix together cider, brown sugar, and cinnamon sticks. Simmer 5 to 10 minutes. Pour into a large punch bowl and add a clove studded orange, rum and vodka. 

Serve warm with individual glasses or mugs and stir with a cinnamon stick. 

Note: To make a studded orange, arrange cloves around the outside of the orange skin for an attractive presentation. However, do not keep the studded orange in the mulled cider for too long or the cloves will overpower this beverage.

King of Cocktails

Champagne is recognized as the universal symbol of good news, and this cocktail's simple recipe shows that life doesn't have to be complicated to be enjoyed. A classic Champagne Cocktail may not be a trendy drink these days, but as a classic, it’s as good as when Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr sipped it in An Affair To Remember. 

A great Champagne stands on its own and should be sipped solo, whereas an inexpensive sparkling wine benefits from the bitters and the sugar cube keeps those bubbles hopping. 

Classic Champagne Cocktail Recipe: Six ounces of Champagne or sparkling wine and a sugar cube soaked in Angostura bitters is all it takes to make a sophisticated cocktail for the New Year. Drop the sugar cube into a tall flute glass, and then slowly add champagne and a lemon twist. 

Tips: With the Champagne Cocktail, you can trust the bitters to take the edge off a lesser quality champagne or sparkling wine. For this drink, you can use a less expensive wine, spending about $10 to $18 for a good domestic bottle. Or, as I personally prefer to use a good Prosecco for under $15.

When opening Champagne or Prosecco, use a gentle twist - save the bubbles for the inside of the glass and not the floor.

Optional: If bitters in sparkling wine is not your cup of tea, a Prosecco Spritzer Cocktail could be the toast for you. To a glass of prosecco, omit bitters, sugar and lemon and replace with splash of limoncello and Cognac and go all Amalifi-like. Cin cin!

 

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