'Tis the season to be jolly! Check out these drink recipes submitted by your friends here at ALA Chicago!

Homemade Eggnog
By Michael C. James, friend of ALA and shared by Ken Koehn
1 Dozen Eggs
1 Quart Whipping Cream
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
1 Pint Bourbon or Brandy
  • Separate eggs in large container. Beat the yolks and add sugar until creamy.
  • Add liquor of choice slowly, mixing well. I prefer bourbon. One pint is too much; I usually use somewhere around a cup.
  • Whip cream slightly. This determines the thickness of the nog. I like the texture to be thick, but drinkable.
  • Stir cream into mixture. Whip half the egg whites and fold into mixture. Pour into large container (gallon jug if possible) and chill well. 
  • Sprinkle with ground nutmeg when serving. 
  • The excess egg whites are perfect for making meringue.

Remember to always taste while preparing the nog. It helps induce the holiday spirit!!!

Santa's Nightcap
Kristina Becvar’s favorite holiday drink

8 chai tea bags
4 cups milk
1/3 cup  honey
2 inch piece of fresh ginger
1 1/2 cups bourbon

  • Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a large pot.
  • Remove from the heat, add the tea bags, cover and let steep for 15-30 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bags and stir in the milk, and honey. Place the pot over medium heat.
  • Add the cinnamon sticks and ginger, cook stirring often until the mixture is steaming. Stir in the bourbon.
  • Ladle the drink into mugs. Dust with cinnamon if desired. Drink up!
  • Alternately, you can chill the cocktail and serve cold over ice.

Favorite RumBall
Shared by Jeff Schlenski

Equal parts RumChata and Fireball

  • Mix equal parts of each in a mixing glass or rocks glass. 
  • Stir with ice. 
  • Sprinkle a little cinnamon on the top and sip it!

Eggnog with a Twist
Shared by Cindy Stahler

16 oz Oberweis Eggnog
2 oz Grand Marnier

  • Mix together chilled and serve!


Want a little more holiday cheer? Check out these amazing facts about Christmas, courtesy of Alexandra Libina, of PastBook :

“Jingle Bells” was written for Thanksgiving, not Christmas.  The song was written in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh”. It was supposed to be played in the composer’s Sunday school class during Thanksgiving as a way to commemorate the famed Medford sleigh races. “Jingle Bells” was also the first song to be broadcast from space.

Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system. According to Roger Highfield, the author of the book “ The Physics of Christmas: From the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey ” the world’s most famous reindeer has a red nose due to a parasite. However, Rudolf’s relationship with his parasite is symbiotic: after all, the red nose illuminates the path through the winter night for the whole reindeer team.