Think of Thanksgiving as a big party where all the flavors—salty, tangy, sweet, tart and more—come out to mingle. This celebration of taste-bud overload makes choosing a vino tricky, since there’s no short, easy answer to the wine-store guy’s inevitable question, “What are you serving it with?”
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“A stressed-out host is not a happy host,” Skinny Girl mogul Bethenny Frankel — who just announced her return to Bravo’s seventh season of The Real Housewives of New York City — advises of creating a relaxed party atmosphere.
Makes 3 quarts
2 quarts eggnog
1 16-oz. can chocolate syrup
½ cup light rum (optional)
1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
baking cocoa (for garnish)
1. Combine eggnog, chocolate syrup and rum, if using, in a punch bowl, stirring well.
2. Beat whipping cream with an electric mixer on high speed until foamy. Add powdered sugar; continue beating until stiff peaks form.
3. Dollop whipped cream over eggnog; sift cocoa over top. Serve immediately.
It’s not enough that Olivia Pope has to deal with party-hardy First daughters and a bullet lodged in a dead president’s head: Now The New York Times has got some stuff to say about her wine-drinking technique.