Yes it’s that time of year again and the holiday parties are in full effect. Tonight your invited to join Supervisor David Campos and the District 9 staff for their first holiday party at City Hall. Heads up, the Facebook invite says there will only be light refreshments…. but lots of holiday cheer.

Looking for a holiday drink with true Mission Style? Check out this recipe for tequila eggnog by H. Joseph Ehrmann, the owner of Elixir, a mostly organic saloon near 16th and Guerrero.

Añogo (Organico)

1.5 oz 4 Copas Organic Añejo tequila

4oz chilled Fresh Organic Eggnog

Organic Orange Twist

matches

A full recipe was featured in the New York Times Bay Area Blog. The directions involve burning a match between the twist and the drink and squeezing, sending the oils through the flame and onto the surface of the glass. Sounds dangerous, and not because of the potential fire hazard.

Next up, some music to accompany that drink. I recently saw Bay Area Latin Alternative/ Hip Hop group Bang Data headline  the legendary Mission District concert, the Encuentro. This week their single Drivin’ Steady is featured on iTunes Latino. Download it here for free!

In more entertainment news a reminder that tonight is also the opening exhibition and ribbon cutting for the Mexican Museum at Fort Mason, with a show highlighting the Christmas traditions of Mexico. Leading as one of the most political arts discussions of the year the museum opening is sure to be a must see arts event. (Mission Eyes will be there)

But before I go I’ll leave you with a suggestion for making party small talk. Weigh in on Father Junipero Serra. Was the controversial missionary naughty or nice? Our featured article, The Race to Sainthood looks at the campaign for Serra to achieve sainthood alongside the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk woman who became a symbol of the thousands of Native Americans who lived and died in Mission Dolores. Both statues of Tekakwitha and Serra can be found in our own Mission Dolores cemetery.

Hoping this boosts your holiday steelo- Amanda