Turner Family Christmas Egg Nog

Christmas Day egg nog is a long tradition in my family and I excitedly, and stubbornly continue this tradition every year. In honor of said tradition, here I share our simple yet delectable recipe.

Egg Nog can be purchased at your local grocery store. We recommend Sealtest brand. What is egg nog? It is more or less a sweetened concoction of milk and whipped eggs. I know right? Yum! Well as you likely know, tradition calls for our egg nog to be seasonally fortified.

We will Blend with a shot of dark or spiced rum. You don’t want to use top shelf yet certainly use a quality rum. We sometimes use Barcadi Black. However, our current favorite is the Spiced Carolina Rum from Muddy River Distillery in Belmont, North Carolina.

We also need a half shot of Cognac. Cognac is a high quality brandy distilled in the Cognac region of France. We prefer Hennessy Very Special Cognac.

Also needed is vanilla extract (please don’t use vanilla flavoring), cinnamon, and ground nutmeg.

We recommend blending in a stemless wine glass.

1. Pour one shot (one once) of dark or spiced rum.

2. One half shot (half once) of Cognac.

3. One quarter teaspoon of vanilla extract.

4. Pour six to eight ounces of egg nog. Dependent on how strong you prefer.

5. Stir.

6. Add a dash of cinnamon!

7. Add a pinch of nutmeg!

Serve chilled!

Merry Christmas and Cheers!

Holiday Red – Burntshirt Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Holiday Red from Burntshirt Vineyards in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Blend of Chambourcin and Cabernet Franc.

Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County AVA.


Though we did buy this bottle during the 2018 Christmas season.

Beautiful dark ruby color with a bright garnet rim.

Nose of chocolate covered cherries, fresh brewed Colombian coffee, pomegranate, and clove.

Off dry, medium bodied, with subtle tannins.

Nutty on the palate, with depths of red plum, strawberry, bell pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, all spice, oak, mint, and gingerbread cookies.

13% ABV

Enjoyed in this beautiful snowman wine glass hand painted by our talented friend Sonnette.

Stay frosty!

Please check out Sonnette’s work. We love supporting small businesses and ask that you consider shopping with your local small businesses this Christmas season.

Merry Christmas from the Turner’s!

Christmas in a Bottle – Locklear Vineyard & Winery

Our wine tonight is the Christmas in a Bottle from Locklear Vineyard and Winery in Maxton, North Carolina.

Blush colored spiced muscadine wine which I believe to be a blend of Carlos and Noble with spices added before bottling.

Definitely very distinctively Carlos on the nose.

Tropical fruit and expressive spices on the tongue. Fruit flavors of orange, tangerine, grapefruit and spice notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg,

We enjoyed the first glass slightly chilled and the second warmed such as a mulled wine.

Although we enjoyed both……we agreed it’s best served warm.

This is a very nice wine that we really enjoyed.

13% ABV

$10 a bottle.


Merry Christmas from Winery Escapades

Christmas at Biltmore Red – Biltmore Estate Winery

Our wine tonight is the 2017 Christmas at Biltmore Red from Biltmore Estate Winery.

Off-dry blend of Merlot, Sangiovese, & Zinfandel

Nose of ripe red cherry, medium bodied, medium-high tannins, bursting with fruit flavors of cherry, red plum, and pomegranate.

Winery Escapade scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4.5 Taste: 4.5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 2

Total: 17 – Silver Medal worthy!

14% ABV

Priced at $13 a bottle.

Ships: Multiple States via Biltmore website

The label is designed by North Carolina artist Terry Owensby, whom personally signed our bottle.

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