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.
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.
This recipe, courtesy of the beef experts at "Beef. It's What's For Dinner," proves that making a roast for the holidays or a large dinner party shouldn't be intimidating. Follow along with the video above as meat scientist Bridget Wasser explains the ins and outs of preparing your meat for cooking. Serve with the horseradish sauce and roasted fennel as instructed below, or just keep it simple with a side of roasted vegetables of your choice.
My great-grandmother passed down this recipe to my grandma, and my family uses it as a non-alcoholic punch at family gatherings. We call it Christmas Punch because of the red color from the grenadine and because we often serve it around the holidays.This recipe is courtesy of Mary Lackey.
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
The Bûche de Noël or Yule log cake is a festive and classic holiday treat to prepare for Christmas. For 35 Vintage Holiday Recipes for a Classic Christmas Meal, click here.For 25 Recipes No One Makes Anymore – But Should, click here.
It is difficult to make Christmas pudding in small batches – it just doesn’t seem right – so make plenty and give extras away as presents. This recipe makes enough for two large basins but you can make whatever size you want. Only the cooking times will vary. I usually make the puddings in September and store it in a dark cool place or in the fridge until Christmas. They can, however, be kept for a year if refrigerated."The flavours of Matusalem Sherry are so intense it is almost like drinking Christmas pudding – not a wine for glugging. Surprisingly, Port is a good match for the pudding and you can carry on drinking it with the Stilton afterwards “à l’Anglaise”. But at home we usually have Sauternes – à la Française!
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.