We often went to Grandma & Grandpa Carbone's on Christmas Eve (then returned on Christmas day too). Christmas Eve at Grandma & Grandpa's was an evening filled with friends and family dropping by and Grandma & Grandpa going back and forth from living room to kitchen with fresh, hot "dough boys" and egg nog. I've yet to locate a recipe for the Dough Boys, but I'm pretty sure they were made from doughnut batter dropped directly into hot oil and deep fried, then sprinkled with powdered sugar (or maybe it was cinnamon-sugar?). Grandma did lots of baking during the holidays and, of course, she always had a lovely array of cookies for everyone to munch too and I'm sure there must have been cheese ball or dips with chips or crackers out as well. I found quite a few punch recipes in Grandma's notebook. I'll just share a couple today & save some to post next year.
Bottle of Vodka (1/5)
2 quarts Gingerale
Juice of 12 oranges and 6 lemons
1 small jar maraschino cherries & juice.
Mix all together add 1 pt. orange sherbet
1 gal apple cider
1 qt. vodka
Pour over block of ice
2 lemons - juice
1 qt. cranberry cocktail juice
1 C orange juice
1/4 C sugar
Add 1 bottle of Champagne (the cheaper kind). Stir gently & not too much. Add lemon slices, also orange & a few cloves.
Egg Nog Punch
1/2 gal Egg Nog
1 - 32 oz. bottle 7-up
Put egg nog in bottom of punch bowl. Add mixer. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Note: Don't mix. I tasted this at Safeway & it is delicious. Dec. 1984