Posts in the ‘Holidays’ Category
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
- 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)
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
Cheers and Happy Holidays!!
I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...
Get twenty FREE Christmas printables for your holiday parties and celebrations!
If you're looking for a fun party to have this winter, how about a hot cocoa bar with a cookie exchange!
Check out these cute party favor ideas for the holidays!
For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!
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?
Makes approx. 30 8cm biscuits (cookies)
- 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
- 350g berry jam (or use your favourite jam)
- ½ cinnamon stick
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- pinch ground cloves (optional)
Preheat oven to 1800C/3500F .
Cream butter and sugar, then add the egg and mix until well combined.
Add the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and mix slowly until a soft dough is formed.
Knead gently on a floured surface to form a round ball. Wrap in cling film (saran wrap) and refrigerate for an hour.
Place on a wire rack to cool.
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
- 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
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.
Makes 4-5 servings
Cook time: 20 min
If you make one, let me know what you think...
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
- 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
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
(To see the whole party click on the photo or the link...)
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For 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!!
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!!
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 Center, and
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.
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.
Here are some sample files...
And here's a sample of the "happy holidays" tags...
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. :)
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.
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!
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.