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The Holiday Spirits

1 Dec

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is going to parties and getting to try new wintery cocktails. These are some of my absolute favorites. Eat, drink, and be merry!

Candy Cane Martini

  • 3 oz. vanilla vodka
  • 3 oz. clear creme de cacao
  • 2 oz. peppermint schnapps

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into 2 martnini glasses. Garnish with a mini candy cane or peppermint candy.

The Grinch

  • 2 oz. Midori
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. simple syrup

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a Marischino cherry.

Classic Eggnog

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 quart milk
  • 1/3 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Beat eggs; mix in condensed milk, vanilla, quart of milk and salt. Beat the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Fold in to egg and milk mixture and sprinkle with nutmeg. Serve chilled.

    *Add 1 1/2 cups dark rum before serving to make it even more “festive”

    Hot Apple Pie Cocktail

    • 1 gallon apple juice
    • 1 gallon apple cider
    • 4 cups sugar
    • 6-8 cinnamon sticks
    • 1 quart Everclear (or 180 proof vodka)

    Mix juice, cider, sugar, and cinnamon sticks in large pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 45 minutes. Once completely cooled. add everclear. Can be reheated to serve warm.

    *Watch out, this one is so tasty you might forget to drink in moderation! This works great in a Crock pot.

    What are your favorite winter drinks?


    Happy Holidays Giveaway

    29 Nov

    It’s that special time of the year where we all run around like crazy trying to find the perfect gifts, the perfect decorations, and everything else to make this year’s celebration perfect. Some people live for this, and others (like moi) just want it all out of the way so we can actually sit back and relax and enjoy the festivities. Yeah, like that ever gets to happen. Most people tend to forget about themselves this time of year. It’s not neccessarily a bad thing; it’s great to put others first. But everyone needs a little me time, and it’s nice to buy a little something new for yourself. That’s why I’m giving away a $50 Target gift card for you to spend on yourself. Of course, I’ll never know if you decide you can’t resist using it on someone else, but do what you wish with it.

    To enter, please comment on this post with something great you’ve found so far this holiday season- a great deal, an awesome new product, a really special gift you’re giving someone, anything!

    Extra entries (for every extra entry post a new comment):

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    1 entry – Follow me on Twitter @jsoldham (leave your username)

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    Enter to win a $50 Target card at The Fresh Cut @jsoldham #giveaway Ends 12/15

    5 entries – Blog about this giveaway and link back to this post

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    2 entries – Add this giveaway to any giveaway site or link-up

    1 entry each – Leave a thoughtful comment on any other post

    Contest ends December 15, 2010. Winner will be contacted via email. You will have 48 hours to claim your prize. US & Canada only.  Winner chosen through This is not a sponsored post.

    Happy Holidays! 

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