Monday, November 30, 2009

Holiday Beverage Recipes

A couple things I love around the holidays are parties and sitting for hours staring at Christmas tree lights. You can't have a good Christmas party without some kind of punch and hot cocoa makes any night at home warm and sweet. So here are a couple of recipes that we enjoy during the holidays. I hope you'll post some too! Over the next week I want to try out a couple of new recipes and add them to this post. Thanksgiving was so chaotic I didn't much time to experiment. (Pictures of these will be posted tomorrow)

Citrus Passion Christmas Punch

This is an old recipe that my Mom has been making for us for as long as I can remember.

Ingredients:

1 large can of Pineapple juice
1 carton of Orange juice (this can be pulp-free or with pulp...it just depends on your taste)
1 (2 liter) of 7-Up
1 (2 liter) of Ginger Ale
Vanilla Ice Cream

Directions:

This punch is so easy. All you do is start pouring. Start with the the juices and maybe pour in half of each container. If you would like it to taste a little more like orange then add more of that juice. Then do the same with the 7-Up and Ginger Ale. Nothing is exact you just pour until you've got the combination that you like. Personally, I like a little more Pineapple juice and 7-Up. Lastly, when the punch has been stirred in its pitcher or punch bowl, add scoops of vanilla ice cream. At our house we like to cover the top with ice cream. What makes this recipe taste so good is the combination of tart citrus and sweet cream. After letting the ice cream settle and melt just a tiny bit serve it up! That's it. No measurements just a little taste test here and there. We love this punch so much here that during the summer we'll make smaller versions of it...The Pineapple Float. That's just a glass with 50% pineapple juice and 50% 7-Up poured over 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream. Its a nice reminder of the holidays.


Dreamy Hot Cocoa


Ingredients:

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup boiling water
pinch of salt
3 1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup half and half cream

Directions:

Mix dry ingredients in a sauce pan with the water. Bring to a boil and then let simmer. (Stir frequently so the mixture doesn't burn). Add in milk and turn heat up but don't let this boil again. Once the cocoa and milk has heated remove from stove and add vanilla. Pour the cocoa into four mugs and add some cream to each mug. Let cool, varnish, and enjoy!

Garnishes:

Whipped cream
Ground cinnamon
Cinnamon stick
Chocolate shavings
Peppermint Stick
Pirouette cookies

Variations:

For something different you can add 1/2 a teaspoon of orange extract for citrus cocoa, 3 tablespoons crushed peppermint candy for minty cocoa, or 3 teaspoons of powdered instant coffee for Swiss Mocha!




Does anyone out there make their own Eggnog? I would love to try this sometime even though I don't like the stuff. G.I. Joe and my Dad like it so I'd love to try out a recipe. Any recommendations or a personal recipe someone can post?


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6 comments:

Jim and Jami said...

I will have to try these recipes. thank you for sharing. love the blog header!

Ida Red (aka Richele) said...

Recipes sound great! I have a low fat egg nog recipe on my blog. However, men aren't really into low fat. lol. So you try allrecipes.com. They have great recipes!

josie said...

I will definitely try these two recipes on our Christmas eve feast.

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I'm totally stealing the first one!

Kristina said...

Testing something...

The Penny-Pinching Mama said...

Great recipes! And your daughter is precious!