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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thirsty Thursday!

Holiday parties abound, perhaps you even have one tonight? You want to fit in and have a drink, but you don't feel comfortable drinking alcohol anymore...what to drink? Here are some our favorite holiday beverages that you can sip sans the booze that are just as delish as the alcoholic fare:

Christmas Cheer Punch

This drink, made in a punch bowl is a mixture of sweet and tart fruit juices. Garnish the top of the punch with thinly sliced orange slices or dangle a candy cane on the side of the cup.
1 bottle (128 ounces of cranberry juice (chilled)
1 carton (64 ounces) of orange juice (chilled)
5 cups of water
4 cups of pineapple juice (chilled)
3 1/4 cups of sugar
3/4 cup lemon juice (fresh or real lemon juice from bottle)
Simply add all the ingredients to a large punch bowl. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
This will yield 34 servings (8 quarts) in punch bowl cups.

Martha knows best...this recipe was taken from and is one that we tried and loved!

Apple Ginger Sparklers
1/4 cup Ginger Syrup
4 1/2 cups sparkling apple cider
6 cinnamon sticks
6 pieces crystallized ginger
Place 2 tablespoons ginger syrup in each of six glasses. Fill glasses with ice cubes, pour in cider, and stir to combine. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and fresh ginger, and serve. Read more at Apple-Ginger Sparklers - Martha Stewart Recipes

Eggnog Punch
1-3/4 to 2 qt. French vanilla or cinnamon ice cream
2 qt. dairy eggnog or canned eggnog, chilled (8 cups)
1 liter cream soda, chilled
Peppermint sticks, cinnamon sticks, and/or candy canes (optional)
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1. Place ice cream in an extra-large punch bowl. Add half the eggnog. Stir and mash mixture using a potato masher until ice cream is melted and mixture is well combined. Stir in remaining eggnog. Slowly pour in cream soda, stirring to combine. To each glass add a peppermint stick, cinnamon stick, or candy cane. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon (about 1/8 teaspoon per serving). Makes about 24 (6-ounce) servings.

Have a fabulous Thursday! One more day til Friday!!


The Moody Mamas

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