The holidays are long over, but your desire to keep throwing parties isn't. Today is Groundhog Day after all, and tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday. Then there's Lincoln's Birthday (which promises to be more popular than ever this year thanks to Steven Spielberg), Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day. And that's just February! Exciting times like these call for batched cocktails that can be prepared a few days in advance. A great recipe to try comes courtesy of Daniel Nelson at Venice's Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. It's his take on a classic coquito, which is really just a creamy tropical version of egg nog that's traditionally served in Puerto Rico. Rum spikes a mixture of rich cream of coconut and evaporated and condensed milk before being sprinkled with belly-warming spices and shot through with a dollop of flavorful vanilla extract.
Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (310) 392-2425; http://www.wolfinsheepsclothingrestaurant.comCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times