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    traveled for the holidays for 25+ years and then simply stopped. Now my immediate family gives the gift of time - we're gathering to make Grandma's bourbon balls recipe this afternoon - and no gifts.

    But we do the sparkly winter lights - lit from Nov-March -  food, friends & alcohol. Always in demand is my recipe for Schnockers, wickedly alcoholic companion to eggnog, coffee or coke for that matter:

    2 cups bourbon
    1 cup dark rum
    1 cup brandy
    1 soft vanilla bean
    1 whole allspice (crushed, use a hammer)
    2 large sticks of cinnamon
    7 whole cloves

    Use cheap brands of alcohol because you can't tell the difference after you add the spices. Put it all in a bottle and let it sit in a cool dark place for a week or so. Lovingly turn it every now and then. Strain it into a clean bottle & put a sparkly bow on it. Tightly capped it will last at least a year if you happen to forget you've got it around, less if you remember.

    Happy Holidays!

    "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

    by annan on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 06:53:49 AM PST

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