Several of my good friends in the blogging community and I have started this Connecting Over Cocktails series. While we were discussing what we should do this time we agreed that the word ‘cozy’ can and should inspire our cocktails. Just as the weather is getting chilly and the season of getting cozy with a Christmas movie is now in full swing.
What’s your favourite Christmas movie? Mine is the claymation of Rudolf the Red-nose Reindeer. I’ve always liked that movie and I've found the message of inclusivity and anti-bullying to have new meaning for me throughout the years. One of my favourite memories growing up was watching it with my parents and sisters. We’d gather around our television with the gas fireplace on, eggnog in hand, and settle in for 45 minutes of Christmas bliss. This Foamy Blanket Cocktail is my homage to those memories.
I love eggnog. Period. This preference runs deep in my family. I remember my dad buying cartons of egg nog so we could freeze it and have enough to last till spring! Some people buy a half a cow and freeze it, we bought eggnog. The totally normal Canadian family. I didn’t mind at all, I loved it. Unfortunately thanks to this perfect blend of creamy goodness and spices I do not currently and will never have a six pack. Unless of course you are talking about beer. Sigh, that also doesn’t help…
I wanted to create a cocktail that reminded me of those nights leading up to Christmas day watching Rudolf with my family. Everyone knows that adding some rum to eggnog is good, stupid good. It’s a classic for a reason. So, using Rudolf as inspiration I designed a drink reminiscent of the movies message; bullies don’t win, diversity is better than uniformity, and being true to yourself is more important than following the crowd. I think I was successful.
So what exactly is a Foamy Blanket Cocktail? It’s a rum sour inspired by the flavourings of eggnog. If you aren’t a true eggnog fan don’t worry! There isn’t any actual eggnog in the recipe! That would just be gross, sour eggnog, yuck. I deconstructed rum and eggnog and recreated a fun take on the classic. I’m proud to say that it’s cozy and delicious! It has all the elements that you love with the added bonus of being a little bit sour, to keep you coming back!
A big trend thats resurfacing right now is the addition of egg white into cocktails, especially sours. The addition of egg whites creates a delicious foam atop the cocktail while adding a smooth and creamy mouth feel. If you haven’t had it before it’l like the foam on top of a latte. If you are grossed out by the thought of raw eggs or food poisoning, don’t be. After the ingredients have been shook together you won’t have any lingering gelatinousness. And with lemon juice and alcohol present in the drink any fears of food poisoning can put to rest, just don’t use super old eggs. Anyway, this Foamy Blanket Cocktail aka Rum Nog Sour, is seriously delicious and I think you’ll love it!
I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season living out the message of Rudolf; Be good to all!
Oh and please check out the other cocktails that my friends made. They all look ridiculously good! Be sure to follow #fbcConnectingOverCocktails to see what's going on and let us know which ones you've tried!
Connecting Over Cocktails
Dana (Killing Thyme) - Apple Caramel Sangria
Cassie (Crumb Kitchen - Sinful Boozy Orange Hot Chocolate
Justine (Justine Celina) – Vanilla Pomegranate Mulled Wine
Sean (Diversivore) – Night Heron
Taylor (The Girl on Bloor) - Champagne Pomegranate Spritzers
Jen (Mud on her Boots) — Winter Spice Maple Infused Hot Toddy
Kristy (She Eats) — Maple Whisky Sour
Foamy Blanket Cocktail (Rum Nog Sour)
2 Ounces of Spiced Rum
1 Ounce of Vanilla Syrup, (I used a coffee syrup)
1 Ounce of Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
0.5 Ounce of Egg White
1/2 Teaspoon of Freshly Ground Nutmeg
In a Cocktail Shaker add all ingredients which a bunch of ice and shake. Shake like your life depended on it. Don’t worry you’ll only have to shake for 45ish seconds. Pour the cocktail through a strainer. Open up the shaker and spoon the froth on top. Grate more fresh nutmeg on top for garnish. Serve immediately while cozied up watching your favourite holiday movie.