Holiday Drinks Run Hot & Cold

When toasting in a winter wonderland, the choices range from warming cups to elegant cheer
Holiday Drinks Run Hot & Cold
“I was just thinking of a flaming rum punch,”   muses Clarence, the simple angel of the holiday film classic It’s a Wonderful Life . Even though it’s a snowy Christmas Eve and he hasn’t had a drink for 200 years, Clarence defers to winter-drinking protocol, deciding it’s not nearly cold enough for that bit of liquid pyrotechnics. Instead the angel orders mulled wine. Unfortunately, he has materialized in a 1940s shot-and-a-beer joint where they serve hard drinks for men who want to get drunk fast, and Clarence gets bounced.  Back in his day of wassails and steaming Dickensian punch bowls, cold-weather imbibing was dictated by temperature and calendar. (Not to …
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