For me personally, I love to give gifts that are handmade, or personalized in some way, and I know many people, and probably a lot of you, like to do this by baking up a ton of cookies to gift to all of your loved ones. I'm not much of a baker though, so I do what I do best, by giving the gift of cocktails! For the past few years (along with my husband too; I don't want to take all of the credit!) we've been making homemade Irish cream, and it is delish!
Even if you're not prepared to be making numerous batches of this, consider making even just a half a batch and storing it in a mason jar in your fridge. It's a nice touch to be able to offer it with coffee or hot cocoa when guests visit all season long.
2 cups Irish whiskey (it does not need to be expensive high-end stuff!)
2 cups light cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant espresso, dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir well. Refrigerate until ready to drink. If you're planning on gifting it to friend, pick up a case of mason jars at your local grocery store, pour into jars, and add a cute little bow or tag.
We would love to hear about your holiday traditions. Leave us a comment with your favorite cookies, holiday dinners or cocktails you like to serve (or just like to eat/drink!).