Cheers to Christmas

By December 21, 2016Holiday Features

The holidays are such a fun time of the year…until you go to the mall, driving a car….AND TRY TO PARK IT!  So my team and I thought we would come up with a couple fun holiday cocktails to help you weather the storm of the holiday season.

You are Welcome!

We work hard (wink wink) to serve you (pun and sarcastic tone intended).  Let’s face it, Christmas is just around the corner and we can’t seem to stay on task…at least with anything that is serious.  So this is our idea of work this week.

I buy books COMPLETELY  based on their covers and this little cutie jumped off the shelves a few years ago and I’ve been wanting to try some of the recipes inside it, so I picked two that looked fun (and had cute names) and then created two recipes of my own to share with you.

I of course was also mesmerized by the bottles. We all know I have a bottle collecting problem. They are just so darn pretty and shiny. I would make a terrible bartender.  I would mix up drinks just because the bottles are pretty.

If you are a fan of the classic Christmas movie  “A Christmas Story” you will appreciate this first drink.

I picked it solely based on the fact that the name of the drink made me smile (even though the movie kind of makes me cringe).

I will admit I had absolutely no idea what Becherovka and Benedictine were…matter of fact I’m still not sure, but the nice man at the liquor store knew and helped me out.  Let me warn you, this one is a wee bit strong.  It will put hair on your chest.  So if you don’t want hair on your chest maybe stick with this next drink.

I’m calling this one the Candy Cane.  The first time I made it, I was able to get all the different colors to separate and it looked like a candy cane.  I know, I’m soooo creative. Ha!  Of course when I made it for the photoshoot it didn’t do that, but maybe you will have better luck.

I also love this drink because it can easily be modified for the little elves in your home. Simply leave out the alcohol and BAM it is kid friendly. What kid doesn’t like a “special” holiday drink with grenadine and 7up?  Put it in a pretty glass and they will feel so lucky to have such a special treat.  Throw in some popcorn and maybe a 75th viewing of the movie Elf and you got yourself one crazy party!

Looking for something simple with ingredients you can spell? Try the Yuletide Daisy.  She is simple and elegant all at the same time.  The recipe didn’t call for it but I wonder how she would taste with a splash of orange juice? Hm…  I might have to try that next time I’m mixing one up.

Last, but by no means least, is my all time favorite.  I’ve been drinking SO much Hot Cocoa lately that is it surprising I haven’t turned into one big lump of cocoa. I’ve of course been drinking the virgin option during the week (not because I’m responsible, mostly because I’m 42 and Maria can’t function like she did when she was 24).

I like talking about myself in third-party when discussing my age, and inability to tolerate alcohol.  It makes Maria not feel so old and frumpy.

Not to mention Maria drinks all this hot cocoa while watching Hallmark movies….EVERY NIGHT IN DECEMBER.

Now that I think about it, that might be why Tate drinks, to drown out the sound of people falling in love while they fall down ice skating….again…and again…and again.

Anyway, here is my favorite drink of the holiday season.

But first…more whipped cream.

and more sprinkles…..

So there you have it.  A few fun options if you are looking to soothe the stress of the holiday season, or if you just need something to sip on while you watch Hallmark movies.

Cheers,

Maria

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