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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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Tuesday Recipe: Holiday Menu

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

This is our final recipe post before Christmas, and because there are so many delicious concoctions out there for serving and feeding guests at Christmastime, we have compiles a selection of our favorites: a drink recipe, a slow-cooker recipe, a dessert recipe and a main dish (or side dish) recipe to enjoy Christmas Eve, Christmas day or as an indulgence after the holidays.

Frozen Hot Chocolate

Frozen Hot Chocolate

What’s the point, you ask? For some variety and party flair! You can always make a batch of hot chocolate, but this frozen drink will be remembered next year and the year after – especially if you serve it in Mason jars with festive straws. Get the recipe here.

Soup is a Hug Soup BowlSlow-Cooker Broccoli
& Cheddar Soup

A classic soup recipe for any occasion, you can set this up before a party or have it ready just in time for dinner while barely lifting a finger – the host should be able to enjoy their party too! Alter the broccoli or cheddar measurements to fit your preferences, and serve with your favorite bread or on its own. Cooking Classy has the recipe.

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole - DiethoodBaked Potato Casserole

Your ham may already be glazed and covered in pineapple slices, so we have a side dish that will go perfectly with the sweet flavor of your main course. This casserole is garlicy, cheesy and oh-so-creamy; the perfect trifecta! The recipe also includes bacon, so step up your pork game or leave it out and let the potato do all the talking. You’ll have leftovers for regrouping after the holidays, and a new recipe for the new year. Check it out here.

Christmas Tree Brownies - One Little Project

Christmas Tree Brownies

Okay, so we sort of started with a dessert, but these are too cute not to mention. You can basically add any sprinkles, peppermint, chocolate chips or other toppings to make it your own, but get started over at One Little Project – it’s a great way to keep kids occupied and happy during a party too!

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Wednesday Spotlight: Musical Magic

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Family, friends, good food and cheerful decor are all part of what makes the holidays so wonderful. Music, of course, is another – whether you put on your favorite record, dance to an upbeat pop song or carol along with Christmas music, there are many ways to enjoy the days with sound. This week, we are spotlighting five musical items that will keep you uplifted and your home organized and well decorated.

Musical Christmas Book DisplayIn tune with the season, our Musical Christmas Book Display brings a holiday storybook to life with charming carolers, beautiful colors and all signs of the season. Eight classic songs play beautifully from the book, spread cheer throughout your home and among the hearts of your guests.

Musical Santa Sleigh

Santa takes the reins in the next Christmas musical sculpture, and leads his four reindeer into the night, presumably on Christmas Eve. “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” plays as you enjoy a holiday party, a snowy evening by the fireplace or as you give this accent as a gift to be enjoyed for many holidays to come. Beautiful details complement your own charming decor, and bring the festivity out of anyone.

Holiday Train Musical Snow Globe

We love nostalgic gifts and decor that remind us of childhood holidays and inspire us to carry on and create new traditions, and a classic accent that is found in many homes is the snow globe. We are featuring our Holiday Train Musical Snow Globe, since it plays “Over the River,” a testament to going to grandmother’s house and visiting with loved ones. The train in the center circles the village as snow floats down, spreading charm throughout the holiday season.

Executive USB TurntableFor many, listening to classic and favorite records is most cherished during the holiday season – can you get any more nostalgic than when listening to the vinyl of your favorite songs and musicians? Many newer artists still release their own music on vinyl, so a turntable is a charming way to unite all generations of loved ones, especially during Christmas and the holidays.

Record Carrying CaseOur Executive USB Turntable from Crosley presents a regal look that is portable, so take it to a holiday party or just to different parts of your home. Featuring a USB port, you can also convert your favorite music to digital files for when you can’t take the turntable with you. We also recommend our Record Carrying Case, for seasoned vinyl collectors and novices alike. Your records will stay organized and safe from dust and other elements so you can enjoy them for years to come.

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