Saturday, November 26, 2011

Holiday Party Drinks: Hot and Cold

Holiday entertaining is always fun, but I enjoy spicing things up a bit by serving guests a specialty cocktail or hot toddy. These beverages I'm sharing with you are easy to prepare and can be made in advance.




If you want to keep your specialty cocktails quick and easy with only 2 ingredients, try a kir royaleSt. Germain Kir Blanc, or St. Germain and Champagne. If you're unfamiliar with St-Germain, it's is an elderflower liqueur with a very light, flowery flavor. You have to try it to fully grasp how delicious it is. A little goes a long way.


Kris Kringle Punch is a lovely pink drink that is especially festive when served in martini glasses, champagne flutes or punch cups. You can garnish each glass with a skewer of fresh cranberries or a twist of orange peel.
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Kris Kringle Punch

Ingredients
  • 6 cups chilled cranberry juice
  • 3 cups chilled apple juice
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups chilled orange juice (no pulp)
  • 2 bottle ginger ale 1 pint 12 oz size
Directions
  1. Combine all juices in punch bowl. Just before serving, pour in ginger ale. Stir well. Garnish with ice ring. Makes 4 1/2 quarts or about 28 servings. This punch can be spiked for adults with vodka or citrus vodka.
Spiced tea mix is something that I was raised on. Maybe it was a fad of the '80s when Tang was in its prime, but I'm glad to know that spiced tea is still a beloved beverage among my friends.


Mom's Spiced Tea

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Tang
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened instant tea
  • 1-5 ounce package Sweetened lemonade mix
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients above, and store in a tightly sealed mason jar. Ingredients can be adjusted to satisfy your taste. Recipe makes 2 cups of mix. This recipe can be doubled or tripled.
  2. To make a cup of tea, mix 2 rounded teaspoons of mix into a mug and fill with hot water. Stir well. 

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