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Fast Facts:
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Makes: 2 Quarts – serves about 12-16 people
  • (step)mom codeword: Adultnog
  • Official hashtag: #NogfortheHolidays

What you’ll need:
  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups Scotch whisky
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Freshly grated nutmeg


1.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, watching carefully, beat until they are about the consistency of shaving cream, about 90 seconds. Reduce speed to medium. With mixer running, add half of sugar and beat until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Transfer whites to a large bowl. Do not wash bowl.

2.Add egg yolks and remaining sugar 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, Scotch, and vanilla and mix on low speed to combine.

3.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 grated nutmeg.

Thank you to Serious Eats for this holiday (and hubby) favorite! Pair it with Thriving Blended Family Holidays – in 3 Easy Steps  and enjoy.


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Fast Facts:
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Makes: 2 Drinks
  • (step)mom codeword: Anti-Insanity
  • Official hashtag: #KeepingMeSane

What you’ll need:
  • 1/2 ounce creme de cassis or Chambord
  • 1/4 ounce Italian-style lemon syrup
  • 5 or 6 ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 ounces well-chilled lemon vodka
  • 1/2 cup lemonade

Chill a 10-ounce glass, pour the creme de cassis or Chambord into the bottom of the glass. Add the lemon syrup, but do not stir. Fill the glass to the brim with ice cubes. Slowly pour in the chilled vodka to create another layer. Then add the lemonade. Serve with a straw and sip from the bottom! Thank you to the book Atomic Cocktails for this amazing recipe and name inspiration! Pair it with I don’t want to be a (step)mom today and enjoy.

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Fast Facts:
  • Prep time: 2 minutes
  • Makes: 1 Drink
  • (step)mom codeword: Life In The Afternoon
  • Official hashtag: #GoodEnoughForHemingwayGoodEnoughforMe

What you’ll need:
  • 1 1/2 ounces absinthe
  • 4 to 6 ounces cold Champagne or sparkling wine

Pour absinthe into Champagne flute. Add champagne until a milky cloud appears, then serve. Pair it with “Big Girls Do Cry”, do your best Hemingway impression, and enjoy.

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Fast Facts:
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Makes: 4 Drinks
  • (step)mom codeword: Spa-Day
  • Official hashtag: #GlassFullOfSpa

What you’ll need:
  • 1 lemon, sliced into disks
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into disks
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil – leaves only
  • 1 pitcher of water
  • A few ice cubes (optional)

Place sliced lemons and cucumbers, and fresh basil leaves in a pitcher full of water. Refrigerate for an hour and allow the flavors to infuse the water. Serve with a few ice cubes in your favorite fancy glass. If you find yourself with extra cucumbers and some peace and quiet, promptly find a couch, bathtub, chair or bed and place cucumbers on your eyes immediately. Pair it with “How becoming an IRONMAN saved my relationship” and enjoy.

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Fast Facts:
  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Makes: 1 Drink
  • (step)mom codeword: Holy Water
  • Official hashtag: #StepmomsShouldBeCannonized

What you’ll need:
  • 2 oz Grey Goose Pear Vodka
  • 1 oz St. Germaine
  • 1 large square ice cube

Gonna make this simple. Get a glass. Get the ice. Mix it all together. Kick up your tired feet.Pair it with “Your search ‘stepmommyhood’ did not match any products…” and enjoy.

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Fast Facts:
  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Makes: 3 Drinks
  • (step)mom codeword: Ave Maria
  • Official hashtag: #TheOriginalMotherMary

What you’ll need:
  • 9 oz Kettle One Vodka
  • 9 oz San Pellegrino Limonata sparkling soda
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • a few ice cubes for each drink (optional)
  • 3 martini glasses (chilled, optional)

Pour 3 oz Kettle One into each martini glass. Add 3 oz San Pellegrino Limonata to each. Throw in a few ice cubes if you want it extra cold. Add the rosemary spring for a whiff of herbal goodness as you sip.Pair it with “(Step)moms love because they choose to…” and enjoy.

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Fast Facts:
  • Prep time: 2 minutes
  • Makes: 1 Drink
  • (step)mom codeword: For My Mother
  • Official hashtag: #GooseofGrey

What you’ll need:
  • 2 ounces of Grey Goose Vodka
  • 3 ounces of gin
  • 1/2 ounce of dry vermouth

Pour all ingredients into a martini shaker filled with crushed ice. Mix ingredients thoroughly, using a stirrer. Strain gently into a cocktail glass and garnish using blue cheese stuffed olives [one for every interaction with the (bio)mom this week!] Pair it with “When Does (Step)ping Up Mean (Step)ping Back?” and enjoy.

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Fast Facts:
  • Prep time: 1 minute
  • Makes: 5 Drinks (because we want you share this with your crew)
  • (step)mom codeword: GoodOleGirlsClub
  • Official hashtag: #bosslady

What you’ll need:
  • Bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne (because this is a special occasion)
  • Angostura bitters
  • 5 sugar cubes
  • 10 fresh raspberries

Divide champagne among five glasses, leaving 1 inch of room in each glass. Pour a splash of angostura bitters into each glass. Add a sugar cube to each drink and garnish by adding two raspberries to each cocktail. Pair it with “The baby shower you never had” and enjoy.

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Fast Facts:
  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Makes: 2 Drinks
  • (step)mom codeword: CosmoCalm
  • Official hashtag: #PeaceLoveCosmo

What you’ll need:
  • 2 parts Citrus Vodka
  • 1 part Cointreau
  • 1 tsp Fresh lime juice
  • Splash of Cranberry juice
  • 2 lime wedges

Add all ingredients in a shaker and fill with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. Pair it with “Serenity Now: 10 things you must find peace with” and enjoy.

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