When it comes to hosting family-friendly holiday parties, few think of offering alcoholic and non-alcoholic variations of the same drink. We developed this blood-orange flavored soda with children, and those who don't imbibe, in mind.Inspired by the fresh flavors and vibrant colors of blood oranges, which appear in markets just before Christmas, and the unique shape of the red glass bottles of Solerno, this cocktail is simple to make, while the slightly-sweet citrus flavor is both refreshing and satisfying.Solerno is a clear Sicilian blood orange liqueur, made from whole blood orange fruit and essential oils. The bottle is a deep red, like the flesh of a blood orange, and takes on a unique design — the bottom features a punt (the indent on wine bottles) that resembles an orange juice strainer. Just looking at the bottle may make you thirsty for a cocktail.While the recipe below is for an adult version, you can leave out the liqueur for a kid-friendly blood orange soda. No one will know the difference.
Want the kids to help make Christmas cookies but don’t want to deal with a hot oven and lots of clean up? Try these no-bake scotcheroos, which are easy to make and easier to decorate!This recipe is courtesy of Karo Syrup.
This is the perfect drink to get you in the holiday spirit. You might think fireball is too strong a drink for daytime, but it is actually bottled at 33-percent alcohol by volume (making it 66 proof), meaning it contains less alcohol than traditional whisky and most vodka. Its cinnamon spiciness pairs perfectly with sweet and tart flavors of apple and cranberry, which are also common flavors for Thanksgiving dinner.
One of the most iconic Christmas trees is from the animated classic A Charlie Brown Christmas. The bare little tree has been recreated atop this cocktail by Zach Rivera, bar manager at Headquarters Beercade in Chicago. A small evergreen sprig frozen in an ice cube tops a cocktail made with pine simple syrup pairs well with a smoky mezcal.
Make it a jolly festive season with delicious, easy Christmas snacks. Give the gift of a memorable treat.
FOR THE DOUGH:
100 grams Plain Flour
¼ teaspoons Salt To Taste
50 grams Butter, Chilled
½ whole Egg Yolk, Beaten
50 milliliters Water Cooled
FOR THE MERINGUE:
1 whole Egg White
50 grams Sugar
1 drop Food Coloring Pink
For the dough:
Sift the flour. Place the flour and salt in a large bowl. Mix. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Next add approximately 1/2 of the egg yolk and the water. Mix well your hands. Try to work quickly.
Wrap the dough and chill for 10 -15 minutes.
Now take the dough and roll out into a 12 inch square that is about 1/8 inch thick, using a rolling pin. Cut it into round shapes (diameter 2 inches) using a pastry cutter or cookie cutter.
Put the pastry rounds into greased moulds (use butter or coking spray) and make sure the dough goes up the sides as well. I used moulds that were about 1.5 inches across, and had ridged edges (kind of like a peanut butter cup wrapper). Then trim off the excess pastry that goes over the edges of the mould. Prick the base with a fork to prevent air bubbles. You should have 12 moulds. You can use scraps of the dough and cut out strips – 1/8 inch width and 6 inch long. Fold each of the strips in half and twist strips together. You are basically making a spiral shaped decoration to place on top of the meringue. Place the decorations on the baking sheet as well.
Bake about 10 minutes at 200 c degrees or until the crust is light brown. Let cool.
For the meringue: Place the egg white and sugar in a bowl. After 5 minutes of whipping, add food coloring. Continue to beat the mixture until stiff and standing in peaks (use an electric hand mixer).
After that take the cooled pastry bases and get them ready to fill. Next put the meringue in a pastry bag with a piping tip and pipe the filling into the bases. I’ve done this in the photo above.
Next decorate the meringue by sticking the spiral piece of pastry in the top. I’ve done this in the photo above. Then if you want, you can place a candle on the top of the spiral and you can even take a small strip of paper and write your fortune and connect it to the candle.
Serve and enjoy.
British culinary master Michel Roux Jr.'s warm and delicious baked apples are perfect for a Christmas-dessert. Serve hot, with chilled crème fraîche or muscavado sugar ice cream.
Wine suggestion: Saussignac, Chateau Tourmentine 1994, J M Hure
"'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house/Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse... "These macaroon-like cookies are easy to make, and kids will have fun helping to decorate them. Barbara and Virginia suggest serving the mice on a plate all pointing in the direction of a piece of cheese. For added fun, you can even place one mouse on top of a piece of cheese.
Get in the holiday spirit with a batch of these kid-friendly Christmas cookies. Decorate them as you please — add some sprinkles or cinnamon balls to the frosting, or experiment with different colors.
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Why should you stop eating Christmas cookies just because it’s cocktail time? This decadent drink is part dessert, part cocktail, and all indulgence with the addition of ice cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and crushed cookie pieces.