6 Holiday Drinks to Lift Your Spirits

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Wassail – Photo by Design Sponge

Holiday season is upon us. That means friendly gatherings, parties, and spending quality time with the ones you love! What better way to unwind than mixing up a festive cocktail and catching up with friends and family by the fire while the snow falls (and it is falling!). Hot or cold, bourbon or vodka, cider or eggnog we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite holiday libations.

Holiday Peppermint Mocha (makes about 8 cups)

Level: Intermediate

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 8 packets instant hot cocoa mix
  • 1-1/2 cups brewed espresso or double-strength dark roast coffee
  • 3/4 cup peppermint schnapps liqueur or 1 teaspoon peppermint extract plus 3/4 cup additional brewed espresso
  • Whipped cream and candy cane for garnish, optional

Preparation: In a large saucepan, heat milk over medium heat until bubbles form around sides of pan. Add cocoa mix; whisk until blended. Add espresso and heat through. Remove from heat; stir in liqueur. If desired, serve with whipped cream.

Winter Forest Mule (1 serving, double as needed)

Level: Easy

Ingredients

  • 5 oz Gin or Breckenridge Vodka
  • Splash of cranberry juice
  • Dash of simple syrup
  • 1 Ginger Beer (we prefer Cock n’ Bull)
  • Garnishes: 1 rosemary sprig, orange slice, and sugared cranberries

Preparation: Mix gin or vodka, cranberry juice, simple syrup and ginger beer in a copper mug over ice. Garnish with your rosemary sprig, orange slice and a few sugared cranberries on a toothpick. Voila! Holiday forest in a copper mug. Employee submission by Jenna Fickenscher.

Maple Breckenridge Bourbon Eggnog (makes about 8 cups)

Level: Hard

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup maple syrups
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups Breckenridge Bourbon
  • 16 strips crisply cooked bacon

Preparation: Place egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk on low speed until frothy (about 30 seconds). Increase speed to medium-high and carefully beat until egg whites are about the consistency of shaving cream (about 90 seconds). Reduce speed to medium. With mixer running, add half of maple syrup and beat until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Transfer whites to a large bowl. Do not wash bowl. Add egg yolks and remaining syrup to now-empty stand mixer bowl and beat at medium-high speed until pale yellow and ribbony, shutting off machine and scraping down sides with a rubber spatula as necessary, about 2 minutes total. Add milk, cream, and Breckenridge Bourbon and mix on low speed to combine. Using a rubber spatula or handheld whisk, fold the whipped whites into the egg yolk/milk mixture until completely incorporated. Serve by ladling into goblets and garnishing with a bacon strip.

Special Equipment: stand mixer, hand blender with whisk attachment, or handheld electric mixer

Wassail (makes about 6 cups)

Level: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 1 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (or 2 teaspoons cinnamon)
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • Bourbon or whiskey (optional, but highly recommended)

Preparation: In a large dutch oven or crock pot, bring all of the ingredients to a low boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for a couple of hours. Serve hot; spike with bourbon/whiskey if desires. Garnish with whole cinnamon sticks.

Hot Buttered Rum (makes about 4 servings)

Level: Easy

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch salt
  • ¾ cup spiced rum
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 4 sticks cinnamon (for garnish)

Preparation: Using an electric mixer, beat the brown sugar, butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl until blended and smooth. Transfer the mixture to a 4-cup or larger measuring cup. Add the rum and then 2 cups of boiling water. Stir until the butter mixture dissolves. Divide the buttered rum among 4 mugs. Garnish with the cinnamon sticks and serve.

Cosmo Blanco (1 serving, double as needed)

Level: Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 shot vodka
  • 1 shot triple sec
  • 1 ½ shot white cranberry juice
  • ½ shot freshly squeeze lime juice

Preparation: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with fresh cranberries or orange zest twist. Employee submission by Kimberly Tramontana.

So there you have it. Are any of these cocktails on your favorite holiday list? If not, we’d love to hear from you! What’s your favorite festive drink over the holidays? Share a photo of your specialty cocktail with us on Instagram using #BestOfBreck!

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Best of Breckenridge! Wishing you a safe and Happy New Year!

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Give the Gift of Breckenridge

Our little mountain town is known for all the local “mom & pop” shops, creative minds, and some very talented individuals, which makes it easy to find a plethora of unique gifts for your loved ones this holiday season. Treat your family and friends to a one-of-a-kind Breckenridge gift that they won’t be able to find anywhere else! Check out all of these awesome and different gift ideas made right here by local companies.

Breckenridge Distillery

This is the highest distillery in the WORLD! Get your boozy buddies a bottle of their award-winning Bourbon Whiskey, unique bar knick-knacks, glassware, apparel or wooden signs. While your there, grab a bite off of their modern american styled menu.

Swing by 1925 Airport Road to pick out something special or order it online.

Flask from Breckenridge Distillery

Flask from Breckenridge Distillery

Fresh Soap Company

Have you ever tried vegetable-based and vegan-friendly soap? These guys have it all: cold process soaps, glycerin soaps, soaks & scrubs, lotions & balms, and pre-made gift packs! They hand-craft all of their products from scratch so only the best ingredients are used.

Check out their retail store on 411 S Main St and take a look around or buy something online (they ship every day!).

Fresh Soap Company

“Peppermint Park” Cold Process Soap from Fresh Soap Company

Global Candle Gallery

Design a candle for a special someone and let them know you are thinking of them. Every candle in this store is hand-carved and custom made! Their unique designs offer anything from creative geometrical designs to mountains and everything in between.

Swing by 326 S Main St., and pick up one of these exclusive candles to give to friends or family this holiday season or order one online.

The Candle Gallery

The Candle Gallery

Get Real Bazaar

Not sure what to get? This boutique is dedicated all things local and handmade. This shop has a variety of different gifts ranging from bath & body, clothing, and photography.

 306 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424 or call them at (720) 934-5397 for more details.

The Wild Balance

This cute little boutique sells “simple lightweight jewelry for a life lived in constant motion.” All jewelry is hand-made and each item is unique. You can even get something custom-made!

Swing by the Fuqua Livery Stable on 110 E. Washington Ave to check out their creations or get something online.

Earrings from the Wild Balance

Tourquoise & Brass Leaf Earrings from The Wild Balance

There are so many more shops in Breckenridge where you can find that perfect gift for that special someone. All you have to do is take a stroll down Historic Main Street and check out all of the boutiques, retail and novelty shops, galleries, and jewelers where you can find something truly special.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

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2017 Thanksgiving Day Dinners in Breckenridge!

There is nothing better than the sweet smell of fresh turkey, savory gravy, and homemade pie. Tack on a couple days of skiing, fresh snow and nights huddled by the fire and you’ve got yourself a true Breckenridge Thanksgiving! Here at Best of Breck, we have complied a list of all the Thanksgiving dinner options to enjoy on your Thanksgiving getaway!Family skiing in Breckenridge

Spencer’s: If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving spread that is sure to have every traditional dish and more, Spencer’s is the place to be. Start off with a display of soups, then load up your plate with turkey, ham, prime rib and an array of sides. Make sure to save room for the cheesecake, pies, and chocolate cake!
$49.00 adult / $29.00 kid
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Call 970-453-8712

Hearthstone: Fine dining meets a 4-course harvest at the Hearthstone. Known for their incredible dishes, the Hearthstone is sure to make your tummy full and Thanksgiving cravings filled. Menu is TBD check here for updates!
$52.00 adults / $22.00 kid
Time: 9 p.m.
Call 970-453-1148 for reservations

Blue River Bistro: A local’s favorite in Breck, Blue River is a great option with a 3-course meal. Start with a truffle pea soup, then a hearty Thanksgiving plate, topped off with pumpkin cheesecake.
$32 adults / $15 kid
Time: 4 p.m.

BoLD: serving a traditional 3 course Thanksgiving dinner. Starting with a warming bowl of our soup du jour, it will continue with a classic Thanksgiving lineup of turkey with all of the trimmings, and apple or pumpkin pie for dessert – if you’ve still got room. Don’t fancy turkey? They will also be serving their usual menus as well.
$30 adults / $15 kid
Time: 1 p.m.

Sevens Restaurant: Located at the base of Peak 7, this restaurant is offering a 3-course meal with outstanding views. Ski right on in to Sevens for a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Menu is still TBD. Call (970) 496-8910 for details.
*Price is still to be determinded
Time: 2 p.m.

Other Thanksgiving Day specials

Robbie’s Tavern – 212 Grandview Dr, Breckenridge, CO 80424 |970-547-8785

Quandary Grill – 505 S Main St C1, Breckenridge, CO 80424 | (970) 547-5969

Eric’s – 111 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424 | (970) 453-1401

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For lodging specials, Click below!

Give the Gift of Breck

Our little mountain town is chock-full with local “mom & pop” shops, creative minds, and some very talented individuals, which makes it easy to find a plethora of unique gifts for your loved ones this holiday season. Treat your family and friends to a one-of-a-kind gift that they won’t be able to find anywhere else! Check out all of these awesome and different gift ideas made right here in Breckenridge by local companies.

Global Candle Gallery

$

Every candle in this store is hand-carved and custom made! Their unique designs offer anything from creative geometrical designs to mountains and everything in between.

Swing by 326 S Main St., and pick up one of these exclusive candles to give to friends or family this holiday season or order one online.

The Candle Gallery

The Candle Gallery

 

Breckenridge Distillery

$$

This is the highest distillery in the WORLD! Pretty sweet, huh? Get your boozy buddies a bottle of their award-winning Bourbon Whiskey, unique bar knick-knacks, glassware, apparel or wooden signs. They have so many gifts to choose from! Plus, while you are shopping for your friends you can treat yourself to a sip (or two) of their award-winning hooch at the bar. Have your cake and eat it too!

Swing by 1925 Airport Road to pick out something special or order it online.

Flask from Breckenridge Distillery

Flask from Breckenridge Distillery

Fresh Soap Company

$

These guys have it all: cold process soaps, glycerin soaps, soaks & scrubs, lotions & balms, and pre-made gift packs! They hand-craft all of their products from scratch so only the best ingredients are used. All soaps are vegetable-based so they are vegan-friendly!

Check out their retail store on 411 S Main St and take a look around or buy something online (they ship every day!).

Fresh Soap Company

“Peppermint Park” Cold Process Soap from Fresh Soap Company

The Glass Art Company

$$

These custom etched gifts are perfect for every occasion! They use a sandblasting technique to engrave the glass that results in a permanent satin finish that will never fade or come off. Everything is made-to-order in their studio and they will happily mail their products anywhere in the United States!

Check them out at 411 S Main St, unit #16 or call them at (970) 232-0720 for more details.

The Glass Art Company

The Glass Art Company. Photo courtesy of Travel With Kat

The Wild Balance

$

This cute little boutique sells “simple lightweight jewelry for a life lived in constant motion.” All jewelry is hand-made and each item is unique. You can even get something custom-made!

Swing by the Fuqua Livery Stable on 110 E. Washington Ave to check out their creations or get something online.

Earrings from the Wild Balance

Tourquoise & Brass Leaf Earrings from The Wild Balance

There are so many more shops in Breckenridge where you can find that perfect gift for that special someone. All you have to do is take a stroll down Historic Main Street and check out all of the boutiques, retail and novelty shops, galleries, and jewelers where you can find something truly special.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

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