Monday, December 15, 2008

Toast of the Town

This week, a guest blogger shares some recipes for yummy cocktails, perfect for the holidays! This is one list Santa definitely will want to check twice!!

Fun Holiday Drinks by Jamie Sward

"The holiday season is just about here and you know what that means! Lots of yummy holiday foods. Scrumptious holiday cookies, delectable and tender cuts of meat all served up on your best Christmas dinnerware - but what do you wash it all down with? Why, some fancifully festive holiday drinks, of course! Every year I search the net for new and creative holiday drink ideas and I've come up with a list of some of my favorites.

Christmas Cosmopolitan

Everyone loves a good Cosmo! Class up your next holiday party with this seasonal favorite.
1/2 oz. Cointreau (Triple Sec)
1/2 oz. cranberry juice
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
1 oz. vodka (your choice)
Mixing Instructions:
Place all of your ingredients in a shaker with ice
Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass
If you want to be extra festive, float a few frozen cranberries on top as a garnish!
Recipe courtesy of That’s The Spirit.

Homemade Coffee Liqueur

Perfect as an after-dinner drink, relax and unwind with a nice coffee liqueur and some good conversation.
4 cups sugar
4 cups hot water
2 oz. instant coffee
1 vanilla bean
1 fifth vodka
Mixing Instructions:
Mix sugar and three cups of hot water
Heat, but not to a boil
Mix instant coffee with one cup of hot water
Combine the two liquid mixtures
Add vodka
Pour into dark bottles, adding equal amounts of vanilla bean to each
Cap and let age for at least three weeks
Recipe courtesy of HGTV

Hot Apple Cider Punch

Spread lots of holiday cheer with this fragrant twist on an old holiday classic.
1/2 gallon apple cider
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. whole allspice
1 1/2 tsp. whole cloves
2 cups orange juice
2 Orange/lemon slices/cinnamon sticks
Heat slowly in a saucepan until sugar is dissolved
Simmer for at least 1 hour
Add 2 cups of orange juice 1/2 hour before simmering is completed
Serve cider with a ladle into cups or mugs
Serve with an orange or lemon slice or with a stick of cinnamon
Recipe courtesy of

As you can see, when it comes to fun holiday drinks, there are plenty of options for moms, dads and kids! So break out your festive Christmas dinnerware, gather together your friends and family and enjoy the smells and tastes of this joyous season!"

Thanks, Jamie for the great recipes! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!
Above photo by Ever After Postage.

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