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Get in the Spirit with Holiday Cocktails

first_imgCali COQUITOIngredients2 cups Caliche rum (you can use more or less rum depending on taste)1 can (15/16 oz.) coconut cream1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk1 tsp. vanilla extract¼ tsp. ground cinnamon1/8 tbsp. ground nutmegMix all ingredients in a blender at high speed. Transfer to a lidded, non-reactive container and refrigerate for a mínimum of two hours. Serve cold in small glasses or cups. Sip and enjoy. Yields about 2 liters of Coquito.The St. Germain Cocktail Ingredients2 oz. Cointreau1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice3 oz. Fresh Apple CiderPinch of nutmeg Build all ingredients over ice in a highball glass. Stir well and garnish with apple slices. Created by Heather Johnson of The Meatball ShopIngredients1 1/2 oz. Reyka Vodka1 oz. Persimmon Syrup3/4 oz. Lemon Juice1 dash Angostura BittersShake all ingredients with ice vigorously and double strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with freshly grated cinnamon.Sugar, Wild Turkey Spiced and Everything NiceIngredients2 oz. Wild Turkey Spiced1 oz. Fresh Red Apple Puree.75 oz. Lemon Juice.75 oz. Cinnamon Syrup (recipe below)Shake hard, double strain and serve up in cocktail glass with apple fan and cinnamon dust.Cinnamon Syrup2 cups water6 smashed cinnamon sticks.Bring to boil. Turn off heat and cover. Let sit 20 minutes. Stir in 2 cups sugar and heat to dissolve. Do not boil. Strain, cool and store.Woodford Reserve Citrus ManhattanIngredients1 ½ oz. Woodford Reserve bourbon3/4 oz. simple syrup3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice½ oz. fresh orange juice1 pinch ground clovesDash of Woodford Reserve Aromatic BittersOrange twist, to garnishIn a mixing glass, combine Woodford Reserve bourbon, simple syrup, juices, ground cloves and bitters. Add ice and stir. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with orange twist.The Kraken CiderIngredients1 part Kraken Rum2 1⁄2 parts hot apple ciderMix all ingredients in a mug and stir. Oh the holidays: a time for family, friends and having an excuse to be buzzed more than usual. This time of year, it seems there is a different celebration every day, and we certainly aren’t complaining. Whether you are throwing a festive party for friends or trying to tune out Aunt Mabel telling the same crazy story AGAIN, one thing is always certain: you need strong cocktails.So to help you out, we asked some of our favorite brands and mixologists to make us the perfect holiday cocktails that won’t just please you but a crowd as well. Whether they have a little more spice then usual or a celebratory splash of champagne, tis the season for bottoms up. Check them out below and get your holiday buzz going strong.Reyka Sippin Persinnamon Montelobos Mountain DoveIngredients1 1/2 oz. Montelobos3/4 oz. Lillet Rose3/4 oz. Strawberry Simple Syrup1 1/2 oz. Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice1 1/2 oz. Soda Water Combine ingredients (except soda water) and shake well. Strain over fresh ice in a tall glass prepared with a half salt rim. Top with soda water and garnish with a lime wheel. Ingredients2 parts MARTINI Prosecco1½ parts St. Germain2 parts Club SodaStir ingredients in a tall ice-filled Collins glass, mixing completely. Think of Paris circa 1947. Garnish with a lemon twist. Variation: Think of Sartre circa 1947. Be the lemon twist. Learn the Art of Classic Tiki Cocktails with these 8 Essential Recipes How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail 11 Most Appealing Banana Liqueur Cocktails on the Planet Editors’ Recommendations Cointreau Apple Crisp 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Makelast_img read more

Football Ohio StateMichigan rivalry continues overseas

Ohio State self-defense instructor Mark Karman (right) and Ohio State Navy ROTC member Scott Wostiac (left) aboard the USS Enterprise. Credit: Courtesy of Mark Karman.Imagine being an Ohio State fan thousands of miles away from Columbus while deployed and stationed on a military base. Now imagine your deployment is during the biggest college football rivalry game of the year. What do you do? How do you manage to watch the game? Who do you watch it with?For some military members affiliated with Ohio State, this scenario is all too real. Yet, those members of the armed forces are resilient in their effort to watch their beloved Buckeyes take on Michigan. From watch parties to finding Ohio State sports bars in foreign cities, the strategies of finding a way to watch the biggest game in college football seemingly never end while overseas.Ohio State self-defense instructor and lieutenant colonel Mark Karman’s experience watching the game differed depending where he was located, but the process of finding Buckeye and Wolverine fans was always the same.“You knew who was from Michigan because it would come out naturally,” Karman said.During his deployment in Africa and Iraq, Karman said he needed people to pick up his watch shifts in order to see the game. He also said watch parties often formed among Ohio State and Michigan military members. There was always some sort of food set-up, like chips and dip or other leftovers scrounged up from dinner before the game started. Each team’s fans would watch in a separate room, just close enough where they could hear the other group cheering and yelling. When Karman was stationed in South Korea, the experience vastly differed. On the night of the game, he and other Buckeye fans in his squadron were led into town to watch the game at a local bar. As they entered the bar, it didn’t take long to realize this bar was unlike any other in South Korea. Hundreds of Ohio State fans packed the small sports bar, anxiously waiting for kickoff at 2 a.m. Korea Standard Time. Karman said it was unlike anything he had seen before overseas, and the atmosphere was “electric.” When asked if the time zone difference played a factor, Karman shrugged it off and said that those determined to watch the game found a way no matter the time zone. The game was always watchable via the Armed Forces Network (AFN), a service network that offers ESPN and other channels streamed to troops anywhere. Ohio State strength and conditioning instructor and retired staff sergeant Jason Sturgill remembered dedicating the entire month of November to the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry during his time stationed at Guantanamo Bay for the military police. Sturgill said his military unit was from Ohio and there were always a few units from Michigan that made their presence known. From flying flags outside tents to repping school colors while off-duty, everyone on base knew who was from Ohio and who was from Michigan. Though he was not able to watch the game, Sturgill said his unit would usually watch the game from inside this huge tent on base that would fit between 500 and 1,000 people. On the day of the game, the tent was filled with both Ohio State and Michigan fans. Sometimes the rowdiness of the fans forced the game to be viewed in separate tents. Sturgill said his time at Guantanamo Bay was filled with small pranks and bets between the schools’ followers. He recalled how the flags of each school often flew over their respective tents leading up to the game.“We would steal [Michigan’s] flag the night before, and give it back the next day,” Sturgill said. One popular bet among the two groups was that the losing school’s unit would fly the winning school’s flag after the game.Sturgill also said another bet from the Michigan units was a push-up wager. The unit supporting the losing team would have to do the same amount of push-ups the winning team scored during the game.“So if Michigan scored 48 points on us and won, the Ohio guys had to do 48 push-ups,” Sturgill said.Karman and Sturgill said the overall tone of the rivalry overseas between the two schools was a friendly rivalry. They stressed how, even though there was animosity between the schools, everyone stationed overseas was there for the same reason: to serve and protect the United States and the rest of the world. Of course the rivalry can get intense at times, but sometimes fans have to take a step back from the feud in order to accomplish something greater. Ohio State fans usually don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, but they sure do give a damn about the whole military and its time and sacrifice. read more