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Lemon Mint Iced Tea

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Lemon Mint Iced Tea

Lemon Mint Iced Tea

Both lemonade and iced tea will cool down the sultry days of summer, but why not combine the two, add freshly picked mint—and savor the ultimate in hot-weather drinks.

Garden-fresh mint steeped with tea combines deliciously with zesty lemon for the ultimate in refreshing taste. Make it extra indulgent by muddling a bit more mint, sugar, and lemon juice in each glass and adding a shot of rum along with the tea mixture. Keep the tea mixture cold in this practical pitcher from Oneida that’s just right for outdoor entertaining.

One thing is certain: A glass of Lemon Mint Iced Tea is the perfect drink for sipping on a beautiful summer day.

LEMON MINT ICED TEA

1 cup sugar
8 cups water
6 regular size tea bags
1 1/2 cups fresh mint leaves
Juice from 4 medium lemons
Ice cubes
Lemon slices
Mint sprigs
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and 2 cups water. Heat over medium heat until sugar has dissolved, 2 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Pour the remaining 6 cups water into a large saucepan; cover and bring to a boil. Remove from heat; add tea bags and mint. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain into a large pitcher. Stir in sugar/water mixture; cover and refrigerate until chilled. Stir in lemon juice. Place ice cubes in glasses; pour lemon mint iced tea over ice cubes; garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs. Makes 10 servings.

Thanks to Oneida for providing serveware

Easy Cherry Lemonade

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Harried Housewife Easy Cherry Lemonade

Easy Cherry Lemonade

Easy Cherry Lemonade

Lemonade is good enough on its own, but it’s easy to add a tantalizing twist to this summertime favorite with the addition of maraschino cherries.

Jarred maraschino cherries and a bit of their juice combine deliciously with lemonade for a seasonal drink that’s great for entertaining. To ensure outdoor gatherings are a breeze, use this Oneida iced pitcher and store in the fridge until right before serving.

The fruit infusion rod that’s in the middle of the pitcher is ideal for layering lemon wedges and maraschino cherries to add extra flavor to this drink, but you can infuse water or just about any beverage with your choice of fruit and stash in the fridge until ready to serve. Refill the pitcher as often as you like and replace the fruit every 7 to 10 days.

For adults, add a splash of vodka to your glass before serving if desired. When it comes to enjoying every drop of the fleeting days of summer, this crowd-pleasing recipe and the fruit infusion pitcher make it easy.

EASY CHERRY LEMONADE

1 (2-quart serving size) envelope lemon flavor unsweetened soft drink mix
3/4 cup sugar
8 cups cold water
1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
Juice of 1 medium lemon
Lemon wedges
Maraschino cherries
Ice cubes
In a large pitcher, combine drink mix, sugar, water, cherry juice, and lemon juice. Add lemon wedges and maraschino cherries. Place ice cubes in glasses; pour cherry lemonade over ice cubes. Makes 8 servings.

Thanks to Oneida for providing serveware

Frozen Banana Daiquiris

Frozen Banana Daiquiris

Frozen Banana Daiquiris

From cocktails on the deck to pool parties, Frozen Banana Daiquiris will make a splash at any hot weather gathering.

A refreshing treat for drop-in guests, these frosty sippers can be whipped up in no time. Make them extra special by serving in stylish glasses like these from Anchor Hocking.

Garnish with fresh lime and banana slices—and savor a thirst-quenching drink perfect during the hazy days of summer.

FROZEN BANANA DAIQUIRIS

Lime wedges
Sugar
1/2 cup light rum
1/3 cup orange flavored liqueur, such as Triple Sec
Juice from 2 medium limes
4 ripe medium bananas
1/3 cup sugar (more or less, to taste)
3 cups crushed ice
Lime slices (optional)
Banana slices (optional)
Coat the rims of glasses with lime wedges; dip in sugar. In a blender, combine rum, orange flavored liqueur, lime juice, bananas, 1/3 cup sugar, and 2 cups crushed ice. Blend 30 seconds or until well combined. Add the remaining 1 cup ice; blend until slushy. Garnish with lime and banana slices, if desired. Makes 4 servings.

Thanks to Anchor Hocking for providing barware

Green Beer

Green Beer

Green Beer

It won’t be long before lads and lasses will be raising their glasses in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. A long-held tradition on this special day is to indulge in a refreshing glass of green beer with family and friends.

As pretty as the Emerald Isle itself, this colorful drink will bring the luck-o’-the-Irish to those who imbibe. And sipping this vibrant drink from a classic mug like this one from Anchor Hocking is even better. Just stash the mugs in the freezer for at least an hour before serving for the ultimate in frosty goodness.

So go ahead and enjoy a bit of magic on this special day. After all, St. Patrick’s Day is a day when all are Irish—and this is always cause for celebration. Cheers!

(For a refreshing, nonalcoholic drink featuring the 40 shades of green, try this recipe for Limesicle Shakes. Enjoy!)

An Irish Toast

I drink to myself and one other
And may that one other be he
Who drinks to himself and one other
And may that one other be me!

Author unknown

GREEN BEER
(Adjust the amount of green food color drops to the size of mugs used.)

1 or 2 drops green food color
8 ounces beer

Place 1 or 2 drops food color in a frosty, 8-ounce glass; fill with beer. Sláinte!

Thanks to Anchor Hocking for providing drinkware

Easy Spiked Lemonade

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Harried Housewife Easy Spiked Lemonade

Easy Spiked Lemonade

Easy Spiked Lemonade

Squeezed for time but would like to enjoy a glass of fresh-tasting lemonade spiked with a splash of vodka? Then grab a package of lemon flavored drink mix and a few pantry staples and you’ll be on your way to a refreshing glass of spiked lemonade in no time.

While most lemonade recipes call for making simple syrup, this recipe takes a shortcut and makes good use of packaged drink mix and a couple of lemons. No one will guess that this tangy drink takes only minutes to stir up—making it the perfect recipe to sip at any summertime get-together.

So when it comes to enjoying every drop of summer, this crowd-pleasing recipe makes it easy. Cheers!

EASY SPIKED LEMONADE

1 (2-quart serving size) envelope lemon flavor unsweetened soft drink mix
1 cup sugar
8 cups cold water
3/4 cup vodka
Juice of 1 medium lemon
1 medium lemon, sliced
Ice cubes
Fresh mint (optional)
In a large pitcher, combine drink mix, sugar, water, vodka, and lemon juice. Add sliced lemon; stir well. Place ice cubes in glasses; pour lemonade mixture over ice cubes. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired. Makes 8 servings.

You also can get this recipe and enter to win a copy of The Harried Housewife’s Cookbook here.

Cranberry Pomegranate Cocktails

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Cranberry Pomegranate Cocktails

Cranberry Pomegranate Cocktails

Dazzle your guests at this year’s New Year’s Eve party by filling this sleek Infinity pitcher from Anchor Hocking with a vibrant cranberry pomegranate mixture that will welcome the New Year in good taste.

Simply stir together a few ingredients and you will be on your way to a memorable evening overflowing with fun. So raise your glasses and toast to the promise of great things to come in the New Year.

Here’s to good health, happiness, and prosperity.

Cheers!

CRANBERRY POMEGRANATE COCKTAILS

4 cups cranberry pomegranate juice cocktail, chilled
2 1/2 cups vodka
1/4 cup orange juice
Ice cubes
Pomegranate seeds (optional)
Skewers of fresh cranberries (optional)
In a large pitcher, combine cranberry pomegranate juice cocktail, vodka, and orange juice. Place ice cubes in glasses; pour cranberry pomegranate mixture over ice cubes. Stir in pomegranate seeds, if desired. Garnish with skewers of fresh cranberries, if desired. Makes 8 servings.

Thanks to Anchor Hocking for providing photography and drinkware
Food Styling by Cynthia O’Connor O’Hara

Spiked Eggnog Punch

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2

Spiked Eggnog Punch

Spiked Eggnog Punch

Spiked Eggnog Punch

Spiked Eggnog Punch

Gather your loved ones, stir up a creamy concoction, and savor a cup of spiked eggnog punch brimming with old-fashioned goodness.

The tradition of sharing eggnog with those near and dear originated in England centuries ago. Served in small cups known as noggins, the rich beverage was spiked with a variety of alcoholic beverages. The custom continues today, and is made easier and safer, by simply picking up cartons of pasteurized eggnog from the supermarket instead of making it from scratch.

Just in the nick of time for holiday celebrations, this quick to prepare recipe for Spiked Eggnog Punch is a luscious crowd-pleaser. And using this Anchor Hocking Presence 18 piece Punch Bowl Set to serve guests adds a vintage touch to the celebration. The cups may be attached to the bowl for style and practicality—and will encourage them to have a cup of cheer.

So go ahead and indulge with family and friends in a festive potion that’s mingled with seasonal flavors. After all, this is a luscious way to celebrate the time-honored taste of the holidays.

And if you like this recipe, you’ll love the following scrumptious treat for Creamy Eggnog Cupcakes. Easy to make and filled with the flavor of the season, this mouthwatering dessert is perfect for celebrating the Yuletide. To get the recipe, order a copy of Cooking, Baking, and Making: 100 Recipes and DIY Ideas for All Seasons and Reasons

Creamy Eggnog Cupcakes

Creamy Eggnog Cupcakes

 

SPIKED EGGNOG PUNCH

2 (1/2 gallon) cartons regular or light eggnog
2 cups rum, brandy, or whiskey
Freshly grated nutmeg
Fresh, lightly whipped cream

In a large punch bowl, combine eggnog, brandy, and freshly grated nutmeg. Ladle into cups; top each serving with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of fresh-grated nutmeg. Makes 24 servings.

Thanks to Anchor Hocking for providing photography and serveware
Food Styling by Cynthia O’Connor O’Hara

Limesicle Shakes

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Friday, March 14, 2014

Limesicle Shakes

Limesicle Shakes

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the 40 shades of green with a frosty beverage as pretty as the landscape of Ireland.

Perfect for both children and adults, this refreshing drink calls for minimal ingredients and can be whipped up in no time. Keep the ingredients on hand for a last-minute treat that can easily be adjusted by using your favorite gelatin in place of lime.

Sprinkle with candy shamrocks to add a festive touch in honor of St. Patrick—and don’t forget your shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day. After all, March 17 is a day for the wearin’-o’-the-green. From my family to yours, Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Cheers!

(Since there’s no such thing as having too many green beverages, here’s a recipe for Green Beer. And here are a couple more St. Patrick’s Day recipes. Enjoy!)

LIMESICLE SHAKES

1 pint vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
1/4 cup lime gelatin (from a 4-serving size package)
3/4 cup milk or reduced-fat milk
1/4 cup half-and-half or fat-free half-and-half
3 to 4 drops green food color (optional)
Whipped cream (optional)
Candy sprinkles (optional)
In a blender, combine ice cream, gelatin, milk, half-and-half, and food color, if desired. Blend until thickened, about 25 seconds. Pour into glasses; top with whipped cream and candy sprinkles, if desired. Makes 3 servings.