Get into the holiday spirit by indulging in a glass of eggnog spiked with the velvety goodness of brandy. Ideal when friends come to call, this quick and easy recipe is perfect for preparing at the last minute.
For the ultimate in flavor, be sure to whip the cream just until soft peaks form. And use fresh nutmeg, if possible, to grate over the top of the lightly whipped cream.
Whether it’s an impromptu visit from family and friends or a planned celebration, toasting the Yuletide with this time-honored indulgence will help make the season bright. Here’s to a happy holiday season. Cheers!
1 quart regular or light eggnog 1/2 cup brandy Fresh, lightly whipped cream Freshly grated nutmeg
In a medium pitcher, combine eggnog and brandy; stir well. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours. Stir well before serving; top each serving with lightly whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg. Makes 6 servings.
Plummeting temperatures and a nip in the air are constant reminders that winter is in full swing.
While many folks long for the hazy days of summer, why not make the most of what winter has to offer. Whether it’s sledding, skiing, or any frosty activity, now is the time to go outside and enjoy the season.
And when you come in from outdoors, treat yourself to a decadent drink that will warm you up from the inside out. Smooth and soothing, a steaming mug of old-fashioned hot cocoa is something to look forward to after spending time in the great outdoors.
So when chilly winds blow, curl up with a blanket and savor this seasonal sipper. After all, warmer months are sure to come.
1/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup water 3 cups milk 1 cup half-and-half or fat-free half-and-half 1 teaspoon vanilla Miniature marshmallows or whipped cream
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Add water; bring to a boil, stirring continuously. Add milk and half-and-half. Cook until mixture is thoroughly heated, stirring frequently (do not boil). Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour into mugs; top with miniature marshmallows or whipped cream. Makes 6 servings.
When it comes to squeezing out every drop of the fleeting days of summer, this colorful drink makes it easy.
BLUE CITRUS COCKTAILS
4 cups lemonade, chilled
2 cups blue curacao
3/4 cup vodka
3/4 cup cold water
Juice of 1 medium lemon
Tropical flowers (optional)
In a large pitcher, combine lemonade, blue curacao, vodka, water, and lemon juice; stir well. Place ice cubes in glasses; pour lemonade mixture over ice cubes. Garnish with tropical flowers, if desired. Makes 10 servings
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.
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.
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.
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!
(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!