Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Spiked Hot Chocolate

Deck the halls and decorate for the holiday season serving Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate made with Smirnoff Vodka. All you need is two ingredients: Smirnoff Peppermint Twist and hot chocolate to make this warm creation. This is so fun to make for an intimate holiday party. Start with your favorite hot chocolate mix and top it off with nonfat dairy whipped topping, crushed peppermint and mini marshmallows for the ultimate warm dessert cocktail.

Warm Holiday Cranberry Punch

Holiday Cranberry Punch

My sister, Natalie, always makes the best Warm Cranberry Holiday Punch for Thanksgiving. When you walk in her house, you can smell the amazing aroma. I was so cold yesterday in my office that I decided to tweak her recipe to have something warm in our house to drink on cold days, evenings to enjoy by our outdoor fire.  You can make this over the stove or in a percolator, and it’s the prefect amount of sweet, spiced and full of warm comforting goodness. Enjoy this holiday season and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Pomegranate Cider Recipe and Fun News

Who loves cider? My 3 kids and I are addicted to my newest creation for Pomegranate Cider. It is a big hit with family and friends. I made it for Thanksgiving, and I wish I actually had made more. This is the type of recipe that you definitely want to have left-over. I have some really great news!  I am so honored to be a part of the SC JohnsonBlogger panel” this year! I will be writing for their website on a monthly basis and sharing recipes, tips and more. They are a family-owned company, and they offer some of my most favorite, useful products in my kitchen and home. See SC Johnson’s website for this recipe and more of my posts! Stay tuned for more…

Peppermint Dark Hot Chocolate Mix

Okay…my kids are obsessed with Peppermint Hot Chocolate. The past few weeks we have been visiting Starbucks more than often to savor their craving. Since I have been working on my Christmas list, I decided to create my own homemade version of Peppermint Dark Hot Chocolate Mix that will make the perfect holiday food gift. I used dark chocolate instead of milk or semisweet chocolate, but feel free to use your favorite. It has been said to lower blood pressure, work as a powerful antioxidant and even help release endorphins to boost your mood. It’s super easy and inexpensive to make, and everyone loves it.

Holiday and Christmas Morning Cranberry Punch

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Who doesn’t love a hot beverage this time of year to beat the winter chill? This mixture of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and cloves spice up cranberry and pineapple juice to comfort you this time of year. My sister, Natalie, makes this punch every year during the wintertime holidays, so I thought I would share it among friends. It is very similar to a recipe I developed when I was a Food Editor with Southern Living magazine. It’s perfect to serve Christmas morning to set off the festivities in a warm cheerful tone. Cheers! 

 

Spiced Cranberry Punch

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup water

11/2 quart cranberry juice

1 (48-ounce) container pineapple juice

Preparation

1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large 5-quart pan; bring to a boil. Add pineapple juice and bring back to a boil. Serve warm.