Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Raise a Glass of Holiday Cheer

One of my favorite holiday traditions is getting together with a few girlfriends for homemade libations and goodies. The holiday season is a time to celebrate and relax with good company. And yummy drink recipes are great for this festive time of year!

Cranberry Candy Cane Cocktail

This is the perfect girlie holiday drink! This cocktail is fruity with a hint of seasonal peppermint. Just watch out, they are deceivingly sweet!

Ingredients (1 Ser Size):
- 1 candy cane, crushed (for glass rim garnish)
- 2 ounces raspberry vodka
- 4 dashes white creme de menthe
- 2 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
- Ice cubes

1. Place crushed candy cane in a shallow dish. Wet the outside of the glass rim. Hold the glass by the stem and rotate the rim to coat with candy.
2. In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, creme de menthe, juice, and ice. Shake until well mixed. Strain into the prepared glass. Serve immediately.

Hot Chocolate Bar

I was so excited to try this idea out. Especially because it is enjoyable for adults and kids alike. Grab your favorite toppings and serve traditional hot chocolate but with a new and exciting twist!

- Milk chocolate
- Dark chocolate
- Mint chocolate
- Chocolate covered spoons
- Whipped cream (vanilla flavored and regular)
- Marshmallows
- Wafer cookie straws
- Andes Mints
- Caramels
- Peppermints
- Cinnamon
- Cheyenne Pepper (For spicy hot chocolate!)

1. Use a hot pot in order to keep the water warm.
2. I used Fiestaware dishes in red and green to keep in the holiday spirit.
3. Set out some goodies and toppings and have fun making different hot cocoa creations!

Cranberry Candy Cane Cocktail ------- Christmas Bulbs for added decor

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