YOUR GO-TO HOLIDAY COCKTAIL

There’s one word that keeps coming up for us over this holiday season: simple. So when we found this cocktail, it was like the Holy Grail of easy-yet-elegant holiday drinks. In the interest of keeping this post equally simple {since we know you’re probably freaking out about the fact that Christmas is now only 10 days away} we’re introducing you to a cocktail that will surely become your go-to holiday drink. THE POINSETTIA! Serve this drink at a brunch with friends, a special luncheon or at your next holiday party. Bottom line ~ it’s easy and delish so we’re sure you’ll fall in love with it like we did. Enjoy!

THE POINSETTIA

Festive bubbly!

Festive bubbly!

TOOLS :: Citrus peeler
GLASS :: Flute
EXTRAS ::  Orange peel spiral – 2” long
SERVINGS :: 1 cocktail

INGREDIENTS* ::
1 ½  oz. Cranberry Juice Cocktail
3 oz. Chilled Champagne

HOW TO MAKE IT ::

  • Add Cranberry Juice cocktail to flute
  • Top with Champagne
  • Twist orange peel spiral directly over top of cocktail and drop into drink

* NOTE :: If you’re in the mood to add a bit more punch to this cocktail you can do so with just one extra ingredient :: vodka. For a festive alternative, in your flute pour 1 oz. vodka and reduce cranberry juice to only 1 oz. Stir to combine. Add crushed ice to fill flute. Top drink off with champagne and garnish as above.

 

BRING SANTA TO YOUR NEXT PARTY

‘Tis the season for holiday baking! We know you’re all busy shopping and entertaining so we’re here for you with our last minute holiday dessert. This one is so simple and a real crowd-pleaser as well. Whether it’s a workplace potluck or just a party with friends, we’ve got you covered. Keep it simple and fun with these Santa Hats. These bite size wonders are sure to invoke smiles and laughter during any holiday festivity.

SANTA HATS SANTA HAT

TOOLS :: Mini muffin pan
EXTRAS :: Pastry bag or plastic sandwich bag for frosting
INGREDIENTS ::
Box of your favorite brownie mix (we said ‘simple’, right?!)
Can of Vanilla or Buttercream frosting
24 Strawberries ~ washed and green tops cut off

HOW TO MAKE IT ::

  • Prepare your favorite brownies according to package directions and let cool.  
  • Place frosting in pastry bag and swirl frosting on top of each brownie.
  • Top each frosted brownie with a strawberry, topside down.  
  • For a finishing touch, add a dot of frosting to the top of each strawberry to complete the hat. 

 

NOTE ::
If you don’t have a pastry bag, don’t worry! Grab a sandwich-sized Ziploc plastic bag. Scoop the frosting into the bag, focusing the contents into one corner. On one of the bottom corners of the bag, cut a small piece from the corner. Don’t cut off too much…you can always cut more if the frosting isn’t coming out fast enough. Now that you have a hole cut, hold the bag like you would a pastry bag and frost away!