Recipe: More with GUINNESS®

The year end calls for lots of cocktails! Few days back, I learnt that there is more to GUINNESS® and with GUINNESS®. Armed with 3 new recipes that I picked up from Keith Nair and GUINNESS®, its going to be GUINNESS® cocktails as we celebrate 12 days of Christmas and welcome the new year of 2014.

Christmas isn't quite complete without eggnog. Say hello to Frozen GUINNESS® Eggnog. Its so good that I am quite a happy camper with this comforting drink all day long!
• Guinness Foreign Extra Stout reduction
• Eggnog mixture

• Shake with ice and strain over crushed ice 
• Pour into goblet / sling 
• Garnish with nutmeg dusting and cinnamon stick 

The eggnog and Guinness reduction below are my own modified recipe. Tried and tested in my own kitchen, its quite foolproof...
You can buy them or make your own. Its quite easy to make your own eggnogs but if you are unsure how safe the eggs are or fear salmonella poisoning, then opt for pasteurized eggs or make the cooked eggnog or add some rum to kill the rascals! My personal recipe which is kinda close to the original eggnog recipe is quick and easy to make.
• Ingredients: 3 large eggs, 6 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp nutmeg (keep some extra for garnishing), 450ml milk and 30ml rum (brandy or bourbon will also do) 
• Method: Whisk eggs and sugar until light in color. Make sure sugar is also dissolved. Whisk in vanilla, nutmeg, milk and rum. Strain into a small jug and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

#Guinness reduction
A favourite of mine to add to desserts or ice cream. It take great patience to make it so make sure you are not distracted by the phone, TV or kids! And over Christmas, we made some Guinness reduction to go with some non alcoholic fruitcakes.
• Ingredients: 2 bottles Guinness and 150g sugar.
• Method: On low fire, add 150g sugar to one bottle of Guinness. Cook till it reduces and stirring slowly so that it does not stick to the pan. Add the second bottle of Guinness gradually and continue stirring until its a nice thick syrup consistency. 
Tasting Notes: 
Full bodied, custard like sweetness with a dark chocolate aftertaste

Somehow Christmas reminds me of berries and yes, we get to have a Berry Velvet Christmas. Unlike the usual classic black velvet, the balance of currants and berries married with the signature taste of Guinness adds to a refreshing twist that is perfect after a heavy meal.
• blackberries 
• simple syrup 
• crème de cassis 
• Smirnoff red 
• Muddle blackberries with crème de cassis. Pour in remaining ingredients and shake well. Strain over crushed ice and layered with Guinness Foreign Extra Stout.
• Garnish with speared blackberries 
Tasting Notes: 
Fruity mouth feel with a short aftertaste

The Irish Winter Mist is perhaps the easiest cocktail to make. A nice all day drinking cocktail that is perfect over chats with pals.
• Hazelnut syrup
• JW Black Label
• sage leaf
• 60ml Guinness Foreign Extra Stout 
• Bruise sage leaf and drop into glass. 
• Stir in ingredients hazelnut syrup and JW Black Label then fill with ice. 
• Layer with Guinness Foreign Extra Stout.
• Garnish with sage leaf.
Tasting Notes: 
Has a Nutty undertone with a bittersweet aftertaste.

GUINNESS® recently launched its signature new look for the brand, reflective of its modern and young base of drinkers today. So head on down to your nearest hypermarket or supermarket and get a GUINNESS®, now in its all new contemporary gear. Whether it is perfectly paired with your Christmas feast or when you whip up signature Guinness cocktails for your Christmas soiree at home, there’s just ‘MORE’ to Christmas with GUINNESS®. 

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Merry Christmas folks!