December 24: Sbiten (Russian Mulled Rum)


Each and every day this month I’ve shared one cocktail/adult beverage/hey-let’s-just-do-shots-cus-that’s-easier recipe.

It’s the 25 Days of Drinks, and there’s something for everyone at your Nana’s house.

Today’s drink: Sbiten (Russian Mulled Rum)
Sbiten is a Russian mulled cocktail that’s based on a mixture of jam, honey, and winter spices. You might not have all the ingredients below, but I have faith that your final concoction will be most spectacular.

You will need… (Psst. If the ginger, clove, etc. are too much, just make the drink with what you have. It’ll be just tasty.)
1 cup of water
½ cup of spiced rum (plus one shot, optional)
2 tsp, jam of choice
1 tsp honey
½ tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground clove
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg

Glass: Mug

1. Heat the water and ½ cup rum over medium heat in a small pot. When the mixture is just boiling add the jam and honey and simmer for 5 minutes.
2. Add the rest of the spices, and stir to mix. Strain into mugs and add a dash of rum to each, if desired, for a stiffer drink.

Soundtrack while you make your drink(s): Mariah Carey, Merry Christmas

Netflix & Chill
White Christmas
One Magic Christmas
A Very Murray Christmas
Pee-wee’s Playhouse: Christmas Special
A Christmas Carol
Love Actually

TV (All times Eastern, recommended ones in bold.)
7:00am — Rudolph & Frosty’s Christmas in July (1979, Rankin/Bass) (ABC Family)
7:00am — Christmas Comes to Pacland (Boomerang)

7:30am — Casper’s First Christmas (Boomerang)
8:00am — A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008) (AMC)
8:00am — A Flintstone Family Christmas (Boomerang)
8:15am — A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas (2011) (TCM)
8:30am — The Looney Tunes Show (Boomerang)
9:00am — The Little Drummer Boy (Rankin/Bass) (ABC Family)
9:00am — The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries (Boomerang)
9:15am — A Christmas Carol (1938, Reginald Owen) (TCM)
10:00am — Miracle on 34th Street (1947, Natalie Wood) (AMC)
11:00am — Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (ABC Family)
11:00am — Home Alone (HBO Family)
11:00am — Scooby-Doo: The Nutcracker Scoob (Boomerang)
11:30am — A Scooby-Doo Christmas (Boomerang)

12:00pm — The Powerpuff Girls: ’Twas the Fight Before Christmas (2002) (Boomerang)
12:15pm — White Christmas (1954, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye) (AMC)
1:00pm — Prancer (1989, Sam Elliott) (ABC Family)
1:00pm — Tom & Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale (Boomerang)
2:00pm — Tom & Jerry: Santa’s Little Helpers (Boomerang)
2:15pm — Christmas in Connecticut (1945, Barbara Stanwyck) (TCM)

2:30pm — The Naughty List (Boomerang)
3:00pm — Jingle All the Way (1996, Arnold Schwarzenegger) (AMC)
3:15pm — Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) (ABC Family)
3:30pm — A Johnny Bravo Christmas (Boomerang)
4:15pm — Holiday Affair (1949, Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh) (TCM)
4:30pm — A Christmas Story (cartoon) (Boomerang)
5:00pm — Disney’s Prep & Landing (ABC Family)
5:00pm — Scrooged (1988, Bill Murray) (AMC)

5:00pm — Tom & Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale (Boomerang)
5:15pm — Home Alone (HBO Family)
5:30pm — Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (ABC Family)
6:00pm — Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014, Tom Hanks, Tim Allen) (ABC Family)

6:00pm — Foster’s Home Christmas Special: A Lost Claus (Boomerang)
6:00pm — Meet Me in St. Louis (1944, Judy Garland) (TCM)
6:30pm — National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989, Chevy Chase) (ABC Family)
7:00pm — Home Alone 2 (HBO Family)

7:00pm — Christmas with the Kranks (2004, Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis) (AMC)
7:00pm — The Smurfs Christmas Special (Boomerang)
7:30pm — The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol (Boomerang)

8:00pm — It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown (ABC)
8:00pm — Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (Jim Backus) (CW)
8:00pm — It’s A Wonderful Life (1946, Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed) (NBC)
8:00pm — A Christmas Story (cartoon) (Boomerang)
8:00pm — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, Jim Carrey) (Starz Kids)
8:00pm — A Christmas Story (1983, Peter Billingsley) (TBS)

8:00pm — The Bishop’s Wife (1947, Cary Grant) (TCM)
8:30pm — Casper’s First Christmas (Boomerang)
8:45pm — Elf (2003, Will Ferrell) (ABC Family)
9:00pm — A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) (ABC)
9:00pm — Jingle All the Way (1996, Arnold Schwarzenegger) (AMC)

9:00pm — Frozen in Time (Boomerang)
9:50pm — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, Jim Carrey) (Starz Kids)
10:00pm — The Powerpuff Girls: ’Twas the Fight Before Christmas (2002) (Boomerang)
10:00pm — A Christmas Story (1983, Peter Billingsley) (TBS)
10:00pm — Auntie Mame (1958) (TCM)
11:00pm — Scrooged (1988, Bill Murray) (AMC)
11:00pm — A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994) (Boomerang)
11:40pm — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, Jim Carrey) (Starz Kids)

12:00am — The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Tim Allen) (ABC Family)
12:00am — A Christmas Story (1983, Peter Billingsley) (TBS)
12:30am — Mrs. Parkington (1944, Greer Garson) (TCM)
1:00am — A Christmas Carol (1984, George C. Scott) (AMC)
1:30am — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, Jim Carrey) (Starz Kids)

2:00am — A Christmas Story (1983, Peter Billingsley) (TBS)
2:45am — The Shop Around the Corner (1940, James Stewart) (TCM)
3:20am — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, Jim Carrey) (Starz Kids)
3:30am — All I Want for Christmas (1991, Ethan Randall, Thora Birch) (AMC)
4:00am — A Christmas Story (1983, Peter Billingsley) (TBS)

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