Unorthodox Nog; Great Hot Toddies

Julie Reiner of Lani Kai; Johnny Swet of Jimmy, the new rooftop bar atop the James Hotel; and Katie Stipe of Vandaag are among the city's bartenders creating lighter alternatives to traditionally heavy eggnog. [NY Times]

The latest trend among the Madonnas and Tom Fords of the world is to have exact replicas of popular bars, like the Connaught in London, replicated in their homes. [Wall Street Journal]

The key to a great hot toddy is to rinse the mug with hot water to warm it before adding any ingredient. Also, try using a higher-proof spirit. [Washington Post]

Parents are up in arms over a new school book that refers to Jesus Christ as a "wine-guzzling vagrant." [AP]

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