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Home-made Eggnog

Drinking eggnog is a Christmas tradition in many countries because of its warming effect in cold weather.  It is just as delicious served chilled!  Eggnog, also known as milk punch, is a rich, sweet, creamy dairy-based drink traditionally made with milk and/or cream, sugar, and eggs with the addition of brandy, rum or bourbon.  It is served with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon or freshly grated nutmeg.  The word “nog” is said to stem from the word “noggin”, a small, carved wooden mug that was used to serve alcohol years ago.

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Melktertjies (South African Eggnog)

“Melktertjies”, also know as “melktert shooters” is as South African as can be and basically our version of eggnog.   It smells and tastes like melktert (Milk Tart) with a bit of kick. A single sip of this delicious alcoholic drink is all it will take to make you want to come back for more.

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Mexican Margarita

This popular Mexican drink is usually served in a salted rim glass and is the most common tequila-based cocktail.  A Margarita consists of tequila, triple sec and lime.  A key ingredient is the freshly squeezed lime juice.  Margarita’s can be made with lemons if you prefer it less acidic.

kosher salt
ice cubes
60 ml Tequila (silver or blanco)
45 ml freshly squeezed lime juice
15 ml Triple Sec
15 ml simple syrup * or agave nectar (optional)

To serve
lime slices

  1. Rim a high ball glass with salt.
  2. Put two big handfuls of ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Shake for a good 10 seconds.
  4. Fill the high ball glass half full of ice cubes.
  5. Pour contents of shaker over top and garnish with lime slices.


  • Use fresh limes. Prepare the limes 4 to 10 hours before you make your margaritas.
  • Use a good-quality tequila and orange liqueur. Look for 100% agave tequila and brand name Triple Sec or Cointreau for the orange.
  • Substitute the Triple Sec with Cointreau.
  • Chill the margarita glasses for 30 minutes before serving. It makes rimming the glasses much easier. And keeps your drink very cool.
  • Add fresh fruit instead of lime or lemon slices for a new twist.
  • Add simple syrup or agave nectar for some sweet.
  • Shake your margaritas, don’t stir.

Simple Syrup is useful for sweetening iced tea, fresh fruit drinks, and flavored cocktails. Combine 750 ml water and 750 ml sugar in a medium saucepan. Stir the sugar and water over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer 3 minutes. Transfer the syrup to bowl and chill thoroughly. Makes about 1 liter.  Syrup can be made 2 weeks ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.


Margarita in a glass

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Apple Rosé Welcome Drink

Treat your guests with this refreshing drink on arrival!

750 ml clear apple juice
750 ml cranberry, mixed berry or pomegranate juice
750 ml ginger beer, sprite or sparking water

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a container of a suitable size and transfer to jugs or pitchers.
  2. Serve chilled with ice, fresh mint leaves and lemon slices as preferred.

Recipy by Carolié de Koster.