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Five Classic Holiday Drink Recipes

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

The following five beverage recipes are must-make concoctions for the holiday season. Whether you’re looking for something to warm you, refresh you or give any party an extra kick, these will do the trick!

Homemade Hot Cocoa (1 serving)

Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • whipped cream
  • ground cinnamon

Directions: In a small pot on the stove, combine milk, cocoa powder and sugar. Heat on medium-low and stir until cocoa and sugar dissolve. Add vanilla and continue stirring until just before boiling. Pour into a a mug and top with whipped cream, cinnamon, and marshmallows, if desired.

Hot Buttered Rum (4 servings)

Blue Mug

Ingredients:

Directions: In a medium bowl, add brown sugar, butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Using an electric mixer, beat until fully blended and smooth. Transfer to a 4-cup (or larger) measuring cup or bowl. Add the rum and cups of boiling water; stir until the butter mixture dissolves. Divide the buttered rum among 4 mugs. Garnish with the cinnamon sticks and serve.

CranberriesCranberry-Pomegranate Cooler (6 – 8 servings)

Ingredients:

  • Cubed ice
  • 32 fluid oz. cranberry-pomegranate juice
  • 8 fluid oz. sparkling water
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup cranberries

Directions: Fill a pitcher or punch bowl about 1/3 full of ice. Add cranberry-pomegranate juice and top with sparkling water. Cut up lime in thin slices, add to pitcher/punch bowl. Pour in cranberries, stir and serve!

Spiced Citrus Sangria (6 – 8 servings)

Ingredients:

Citrus Fruits

  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 large orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups spiced rum
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 750-mL Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 cup orange juice

Directions: Chill fruit and liquid ingredients for at least 2 hours. Place the fruit in a large pitcher, then add rum and sugar. Stir gently and refrigerate for at least 2 more hours. Add the wine and orange juice, stir. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

White Wine Sangria (6 – 8 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 750-mL bottle Pinot Gris, or other dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 lime, sliced thick
  • 1 lemon, slicked thick
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 bunch green grapes
  • 1 cup lemon-lime soda

Directions: Combine white wine, brandy and sugar in a large pitcher, stirring until sugar is mostly dissolved. Chill for at least 2 hours. Add lime, lemon, apple and grapes. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Top everyone’s glass off with lemon-lime soda. Enjoy!

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Monday Must-Haves: Thanksgiving Turkeys

Monday, November 13th, 2017

As you pick out the perfect turkey to serve during Thanksgiving dinner, don’t forget about these must-have turkey home accents that will enhance the charm of your table and harvest decor.

  • A Whimsical Turkey Ornament from artist Bert Anderson can be hung from a window, be used as a decorative napkin ring or be given as a fun party favor.
  • The metal Turkey Tealight Holder adds rustic appeal to a Thanksgiving table while offering a little mood lighting when a tealight is inserted.
  • Our Wool Penny Turkey Accent could be used as a table topper for a dessert or beverage table, or could be hung on a wall or over the back of a sofa for fun, seasonal charm.
  • This Feathered Turkey Sculpture is made in the USA and offers a fun conversation piece among friends and family on turkey day.
  • Artist Dianna Swartz’s classic turkey design is back on our hooked wool pillow. With beautiful color and depth, this accent piece will make a grand statement on a country chair or sofa.

Monday Must-Haves: Thanksgiving Turkeys | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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Quick Tip: Extendable Dining Tables

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Happy November! Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner and many of us are preparing for houseguests and family traveling from afar (or from just down the road), this month’s Quick Tip is to invest in an extendable dining room table. There are so many different styles and lengths available out there, so do your research to find the one that fits your budget, lifestyle and the room itself.

Shown here is our Thompson Dining Table. In addition to its wide 18″ leaf extension, this dining room table features two drop leaves on the ends for even more room and function. Gather your family and friends around it this holiday season, and then discover its many uses throughout the rest of the year. To browse our complete selection of kitchen and dining tables, click here.

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