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Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail Recipe

Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail Recipe

This is hands down my favorite holiday cocktail to serve. It's bright, bubbly, tangy, and crisp, plus the pomegranate seeds and spring of mint give it a festive Christmas feel. If you're looking for a signature holiday cocktail, I recommend you try this!

WINTER SEA BREEZE HOLIDAY COCKTAIL

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz vodka (1/8 cup)
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice (1/8 cup)
  • 1/2 oz tonic syrup (2 tablespoons)
  • 2 oz soda water (1/4 cup)
  • 12 pomegranate seeds
  • 3 mint leaves (for garnish)
Directions:

Fill your glass about 3/4 full with ice. A lowball glass is the perfect size. Add the vodka, grapefruit juice, tonic syrup and stir. Pour in the soda water and garnish with the pomegranate seeds and mint leaves.

Tonic is one of my favorite cocktail mixers, and I love that there are now artisanal tonic syrups. I used Jack Rudy Tonic Syrup that I found at Whole Foods. I recommend using a syrup because it's not too sweet and has a little more complexity of flavor. If you don't have tonic syrup, you can substitute 1/4 cup regular tonic for the soda water and syrup. I might add a little extra grapefruit juice just to balance it out.

Yields 1 serving

Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail Recipe

Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail Recipe

Winter Sea Breeze Holiday Cocktail Recipe

Cheers and Happy Holidays!!

Christmas Party Favors, Cookie Exchange and Hot Cocoa Bar, Free Christmas Printables

I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...

Get twenty FREE Christmas printables for your holiday parties and celebrations!

Free Christmas Party Printables

If you're looking for a fun party to have this winter, how about a hot cocoa bar with a cookie exchange!

Cookie Exchange and Hot Cocoa Bar + Free Printables

Check out these cute party favor ideas for the holidays!

Christmas Party Favors

For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!

Jammy Dodger Cookie Recipe

Holiday Jammy Dodger Cookie Recipe

I'm so happy to introduce our new baking contributors from across the pond, Rebecca and Rosie, from Honeywell Bakes! I just love having a little British flair on our site. For their first recipe, Rebecca and Rosie are sharing these beautiful jammy dodgers (shortbread cookies filled with jam). Wouldn't they be yummy to serve at Christmas? 

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Christmas Jammy Dodgers

Makes approx. 30 8cm biscuits (cookies)

Cookie ingredients:

  • 250g (1 cup) butter, at room temperature
  • 200g (1 cup) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 500g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
Jam ingredients:
  • 350g berry jam (or use your favourite jam)
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • pinch ground cloves (optional)

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Directions:

Preheat oven to 1800C/3500F .

Cream butter and sugar, then add the egg and mix until well combined.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

 

Add the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and mix slowly until a soft dough is formed.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

 

Knead gently on a floured surface to form a round ball. Wrap in cling film (saran wrap) and refrigerate for an hour.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Sprinkle flour on your work surface and split the dough into two balls.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Roll one ball out thinly, to about 3mm thick. Cut out circles and place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Pick up the scraps and knead to form a ball, and repeat until you’ve used all of your dough.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Now, using smaller Christmas themed cookie cutters, cut out shapes from the middle of half of the biscuits (cookies), whilst on your baking tray. This will stop the shapes from distorting which can happen if you move your biscuits (cookies) after you cut the middle shape.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Don’t overcook, they should be a very light brown colour.

Place on a wire rack to cool.

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Place the jam in a small saucepan with the cinnamon stick, allspice and cloves. Gently bring to a boil over a low heat, stirring all the time. Simmer for a couple of minutes, then take the pan off the heat and allow to cool. Once cool, remove the cinnamon stick. (Tip: if you’re feeling lazy, you can skip this step and just use your favourite jam as it is. They will still be yummy, but not quite so Christmassy!).

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Put a teaspoon of jam on each biscuit (cookie) circle, and place a biscuit (cookie) with a shape cut of it on top. Arrange so the jam fills the shape. Dust with powdered sugar. Allow the jam to set, then keep in an airtight tin. They will last about a week (if you can resist them!).

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Jammy dodgers cookie recipe

Thank you, Rebecca and Rosie, your cookies look scrumptious! To learn more about Honeywell Bakes, please visit their site, shop, and Facebook page.

Tomato Water Bloody Mary Recipe

Tomato water Bloody Mary cocktail recipe for the holidays!

Have you heard of tomato water yet?

Well, here's a refreshing take on a traditional Bloody Mary. By using  tomato water (strained tomato juice until it runs almost clear), you get the most intense, deep tomato flavor, while keeping the cocktail crisp and light. This is the only way I'd ever serve a Bloody Mary again and it's perfect for holiday entertaining!!

TOMATO WATER BLOODY MARY

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds tomatoes (4-5 large tomatoes)
  • 1 jalapeno (or habanero if you like it extra spicy)
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 basket of cherry tomatoes for garnish
  • 2-3 persian cucumbers for garnish
Directions:

Start by making the tomato water. I like to let it strain overnight, so I start the evening before I plan to serve the drinks.

Quarter the tomatoes, chop a 1/4 cup of onion and 1/2 cup of cucumber. Add to a blender of food processor along with a chili pepper, a teaspoon of salt, and a tablespoon of lime juice. Blend until you've got a thick pulpy texture.

Transfer to cheesecloth and suspend it over a bowl in your refrigerator. I like to set the cheesecloth in a strainer, and set that over a large mixing bowl. Then I cover with saran wrap and leave in the refrigerator overnight. By morning you should have 2 1/2 to 3 cups of tomato water. If it isn't clear, you can quickly strain one more time through a dish towel.

Tomato water Bloody Mary cocktail recipe for the holidays!

Fill your glass with ice, and then about 3/4 cup of the tomato water, and 1/8 cup of vodka. Garnish with cherry tomatoes and sliced persian cucumber on a tooth pick. Or just drop half a persian cucumber in the cup and you can also use it as a stirrer.

Makes 4-5 servings

Cook time: 20 min

Total Time: 12 hours 

Tomato water Bloody Mary cocktail recipe for the holidays!

Tomato water Bloody Mary cocktail recipe for the holidays!

If you make one, let me know what you think...

Spiced Apple Cider with Rum Recipe

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If you need a toasty drink to serve at your upcoming holiday parties, this is the perfect one! Keep it basic for the kids, add a spike of rum for the adults, and I promise it will keep everyone warm and happy!

RUM SPICED CIDER RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts apple cider or apple juice
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 6 cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 20 black peppercorns
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup of rum

Directions:

Crack the nutmeg and break the cinnamon sticks in half. Add the spices to a saucepan and cook on medium heat for a minute or two, until the smell of the spice starts to develop.

Add the apple juice. Quarter the oranges, squeeze the juice into the pan, and throw the rind in as well. Turn up the heat until the juice starts to simmer, then turn to low and cover for 30 minutes.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and add 1 cup of rum. Serve hot!

Makes about 10 servings.

Total time: 30 min

Rum spiced cider recipe

{TRENDS} Memorial Day Parties

Need some ideas for your Memorial Day parties this weekend? And how about some free Patriotic and BBQ printables? Take a look at these incredible parties!

(To see the whole party click on the photo or the link...)

Made By a Princess' Patriotic Picnic

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Melissa N's Memorial Day/Patriotic

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 Eye Candy Event Details' Americana Luau

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Caroline T's Memorial Day Party

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Claudia S's Memorial Day Family BBQ/Julians 6th Birthday

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Brittany S' Memorial Day Shrimp Boil

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Free Patriotic Printables by Printabelle

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Free BBQ Printables by WCC

free-summer-bbq-printable-decorations-580x757For more inspiration, check out all the great Memorial Day parties on our site! Have a safe and happy holiday weekend. Can't wait to see your parties!!

{GIVEAWAY} Win a Cricut Mini + Holiday Deluxe Rental Bundle Worth $129.99

Just in time for the holidays, we're giving away another Cricut Mini (if you read my blog, you know the Mini is my Cricut of choice) plus a holiday deluxe rental bundle of 1,200 layered images for all your holiday crafting needs,  worth $129.99.

You will seriously be able to make anything for the holidays with this!!

To enter the giveaway just click on the buttons below and "follow" Cricut and Catch My Party on Pinterest , then leave a comment at the end of this post saying you did it! Easy!

If you want to buy your own Circut Mini + Holiday Deluxe Rental Bundle at the special price of $99.99 instead of $129.99, head here: Circut Mini Holiday Bundle.

And if you want to be inspired, check out all the crafting ideas in the Cricut Project Centerand

We’ll pick the winner at random on Friday, November 30th at 10:00 PM (PST).  Any entries after that won’t be considered, sorry. We will use random.org to generate our winner and will notify the winner by email. Good luck! Open to US residents only.

FREE "Giving Thanks" Printable Food Tags and Labels from Nickwilljack

If you like to create food gifts for friends, family, and neighbors, then wrap them up pretty this Thanksgiving with these FREE "giving thanks" printable food tags and labels designed by Jenn at Nickwilljack.

Jenn created the circle tags to fit 2" or 3" circle punches. And the food labels have text boxes where you can type in your own text like "banana bread" or "cookies."  All the printables come in four colors: yellow, orange, red, and brown.

Plus, she included three bonus pages that say "Happy Holidays" so that you can use these for your winter holiday gifts as well.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE

Here are some sample files...

And here's a sample of the "happy holidays" tags...

Jenn, thanks for letting us give these away to our readers. They really do add that extra special touch!

To learn more about Jenn, visit her at Nickwilljack, Facebook, and Etsy.

Thank You Lori's Place

Lori from Lori's Place, baker of some of the most beautiful decorated sugar cookies, just sent me the most adorable box of holiday treats. Thank you, Lori! I'm trying to save them until tomorrow, but my five-year-old daughter has other plans. We'll see how much willpower I have. :)

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If you need beautiful decorated cookies, definitely check out Lori's Place.  She does beautiful work that I am continually showing off. Her shop is on vacation for the holidays, so definitely check back after the New Year.

DIY: Poinsettia Gift Box Favors

I love how sweet these poinsettia gift box favors look and how they can work as both a favor and place card at your Christmas dinner.

Rebekah from Twinkle and Twine, put together this easy tutorial, so thank you, Rebekah!

christmas-poinsettia-gift-box-tutorialHere are the materials you need (not a lot):

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Check out the whole tutorial here. They're so easy to make, you still have time before Christmas.

To learn more about Rebekah and see all of her great tutorials, check out Twinkle and Twine.

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