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3 Classic Holiday Cocktails You Can Make With Your Blender

Whether you're hosting a holiday party or just looking to relax with the family on a snowy winter afternoon, you can easily whip up some of the tastiest and most comforting cocktails with nothing more than the appliances in your home kitchen. Try one of these three delicious recipes for a classic holiday beverage.

1. Mulled Cider
Mulled cider has all the qualities of a holiday favorite - it's warm, it has seasonal fruit and is great to sip around a roaring fireplace. If you want to make a custom version of this cocktail one winter afternoon, you'll need to the help of your Oster® Versa® Performance Blender and Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker.

Start off by peeling, coring and quartering four apples. Put these in your performance blender and blend them into a fine pulp. Then pour this fresh, pulpy apple juice into your slow cooker along with brown sugar, a little apple cider, bourbon, allspice, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks and sliced oranges. Stir then cook on LOW for between 2 and 4 hours.

The Crock-Pot® Brand recipe is a great jumping off point, but your performance blender and bourbon allow you to enhance and customize the drink to a true cocktail. Consider adding maple syrup before serving and garnish with a cinnamon-sprinkled apple wedge.

Cider that's "mulled" is served hot with spices.

2. Eggnog 
When else can you enjoy eggnog other than around the holidays? Make your own from scratch with the wrist-saving help of your blender. Start off by blending 3 large eggs in your blender until smooth. Then add 1/2 cup granulated sugar and blend until dissolved. Next, pour in 4 ounces of rum, 4 ounces of brandy, 2 cups cream and a dash of nutmeg, while running the blender. Once it's smooth it may look ready, but you need to let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. Serve the next day in stemware with a nutmeg or cinnamon. 

3. Hot Buttered Rum 
According to Esquire magazine, hot buttered rum was invented in New England because of its plentiful rum distilleries and cold winters. While New England may not be known now for its rum in the same way it was in the 1800s, the drink's popularity has remained. All it takes is a 2 sugar cubes dissolved in hot water, unsalted butter and dark rum. If you make a big batch of this simple cocktail, don't worry if it goes cold. Just throw it in your 1400-watt performance blender and heat it up with it's soup warming function.

Enjoy your holiday cocktails responsibly and follow all drinking laws.