The holidays are a wondrous time of year where family, friends and loved ones gather together to spend some time sharing gifts, cheer and joy.

Some folks frantically shop for the last minute holiday bargains. Other people bake cakes or cookies, or prepare some fun holiday treats.

What ever you do, whether purchasing or preparing, always remember to put some Joy into it.

I’ll give you a great example.

Every year from the time I was a teenager, my dad used to turn our kitchen into a distillery of sorts. I would hear glass jars clanking, and large pots being banged around.

I’d peek my head into the kitchen to see what all the commotion was, and there was my dad with a big grin on his face, mixing a holiday drink that infamously became known as “Beaman’s Brew.”

It was a version of Bailey’s Irish cream that changed every year. The main ingredients were eggs, sweetened condensed milk, instant coffee granules, heavy cream, and whiskey.

Some years, depending on how spirited he was feeling, he would use tequila, scotch or bourbon. And, sometimes he would even use all three.

It wasn’t necessarily the physical ingredients he used when he was making this brew that made it so special. It was the feeling he infused into the elixir that truly made it a wonderful holiday treat.

When he was preparing his “Beaman’s Brew” he was feeling joyful. He was like a big kid excited to share something fun and delicious with the people he loved. And, he wouldn’t just make one or two quarts. He would make gallons of it!

He would freeze it until the time was right, and then he would take a few gallons up to the Bronx family courthouse where he worked as a lawyer, and he would share it with EVERYONE: the judges, the clerks, the lawyers, the court reporters, the bailiffs, the janitors, and the stenographers.

Most of the people at the courthouse loved it, and it brought them some holiday joy. Some folks thought it was highly inappropriate to bring liquor into the courthouse, and it certainly was against the law. My dad knew the law all too well. And, to ensure he wouldn’t be arrested for dispensing alcohol without a license he shared his brew with the security guards, too.

Since he’s moved on from this world and into the next, I certainly do miss his yearly brew and the joy he infused into it. But, I always have the memories to warm my heart, and the recipe to warm my belly.

I’m sure he would be happy as heck that I’m sharing his infamous recipe with you. Enjoy!

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  • 3 pastured eggs
  • 1 can organic sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon coffee granules (plus 2 teaspoons water)
  • 1 pint grass-fed heavy cream
  • 1 cup whiskey (or alcohol of your choice)

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the condensed milk and whisk. Combine the coffee and water and whisk it into the eggs and milk. Whip the cream until just before it turns into whipped cream, and then whisk all the ingredients together with whiskey. Freeze. Thaw when you are ready to experience some joy.

Wishing you happy, healthy and delicious holidays!