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I've gotten a few questions after the posting about my version of Christmas Cheer as to exactly what the hell Advocaat is.

Remember, in cases like this, wikipedia is your friend. The following are excerpts from the wikipedia entry:

The original advocaat was a liquor made by the Dutch population of Suriname and Recife with avocados. Upon returning to the Netherlands, where avocados were not available, a similar texture was achieved with thickened egg yolk. The original Aztec name of the fruit, ahuacatl, was transliterated to Spanish as "avogado", the Spanish word for lawyer. Thus it was translated to many other continental languages as their word for lawyer. This led to the misidentification of the name's origin as relating to the Dutch legal community. Rompope of Puebla, Mexico, is a very similar liquor based on egg yolk and vanilla.

) is a rich and creamy liqueur made from eggs, sugar and brandy. It has a smooth, somewhat bland taste fairly similar to almonds. In English-speaking countries it generally contains 15% alcohol (30 proof), but in Continental Europe the typical alcohol content differs from country to country and is generally somewhere between 14% and 20% ABV. Its contents may be a blend of egg yolks, aromatic spirits, sugar or honey, brandy, vanilla and sometimes cream (or evaporated milk). Famous makers of advocaat include Warners, Bols [1], Verpoorten, Warninks and De Kuyper.

Note that a traditional drink called Christmas Cheer exists and its essentially eggnog with peppermint schnapps. Also, a drink exists called the Snowball which is advocaat, sparkling lemonade and sometimes a mixture of lime juice. I stole liberally from both of these drinks and combined them to create my take on Christmas cheer. I create my own "sparkling lemonade" but with less sugar and with my proportions and I use peppermint instead of the tang of lime to give it a holiday feel.

Merry Xmas

Dec. 25th, 2007 04:04 pm
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From me and my family to you and yours. Peace on earth, good will towards all.

In honor of the season, I present to you the Party@Vernards version of a traditional holiday drink:


Christmas Cheer

1 part Advocaat Liquer
3 parts club soda
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 spritz of lemon juice
1 capful of peppermint schnapps

add small ice cubes and stir vigorously

Garnish with sliced strawberries.

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