Raise.Your.Glass!

Time for some delicious non-alcoholic drinks that everyone at your holiday party can enjoy!

Pink Grapefruit “Margaritas”

Definitely a fun and festive mocktail! This nonalcoholic pink drink is a great treat for children during festive occasions. Sanding sugar is a large-grain decorative sugar; granulated sugar may be substituted.

  • 2 tablespoons colored sanding sugar
  • 1 lime
  • 6 teaspoons pomegranate syrup or grenadine
  • 1 1/2 cups pink grapefruit juice
  1. Place sanding sugar in a shallow dish or plate. Slice six thin rounds from the middle of lime; set aside. Rub lime wedge around rims of six glasses; dip each rim in sugar to coat. Pour 1 teaspoon pomegranate syrup into bottom of each glass.
  2. Place grapefruit juice and 2 cups ice cubes in a blender. Process on high speed until ice is crushed. Pour frozen mixture into glasses, and stir to combine with syrup. Garnish with reserved lime rounds, and serve immediately.

Ginger Lime Fizz

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 liter seltzer or sparkling water
  1. Combine ginger and sugar with 4 cups water, or enough to cover, in a medium saucepan. Place over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce to a simmer; stir until sugar dissolves completely. Continue to simmer about 20 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature, at least 2 hours. Strain out the ginger, and discard.
  2. Combine the ginger syrup, lime juice, and seltzer in a pitcher. Pour into ice-filled glasses, and serve immediately

Pomegrante Citrus Juice

Orange juice gets a little punch from the addition of pomegranate juice for a dose of color, flavor, and antioxidants.

  • 2 small grapefruits
  • 2 juice oranges
  • 2 tangerines or mineola tangelos
  • 1/2 lime
  • 2 pomegranates
  1. Use a citrus press or a juicer to juice the grapefruits, oranges, tangerines, and lime. Juice the pomegranates (2/3 cup juice) into a separate bowl. Divid citrus juice among 3 glasses. Top with pomegranate juice, which will settle to the bottom, and serve.

 

Your guests will be beaming with holiday cheer as you toast to the holidays! :)

ENJOY!

 

Oh My Clementine Cocktail

Whole Foods Market has done it again! This time creating a wonderful winter cocktail with an interesting ingredient that you would not normally find in drinks – rosemary. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Rosemary and clementines? Really? Yes really! The surprising hint of rosemary really makes this cocktail come alive. Whole Foods is a great resource for a variety of recipes that can be tailored for various allergies! So of course this clementine cocktail is gluten free and dairy free! :)

Clementine Crush Sparkling Cocktail

Thanks to the vibrant flavors of clementines, cranberries and fresh rosemary, this pitcher full of sparkling wine-based cocktails is prime for winter celebrations. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the clementine zest in large pieces for the chopping and twists.

Ingredients

  • 2 2/3 cups clementine juice, plus 1 tablespoon finely chopped clementine zest, plus 1 clementine for garnish (from 12-14 fruits total)
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1 cup 100% Cranberry Juice
  • 3/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 8 (1-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 (750ml) bottle sparkling wine, such as Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut, well chilled (or use your favorite)
  • 1 (12-ounce) can Tonic Water or Ginger Ale ( I suggest ginger ale)
  1. In a wide, shallow dish, mix zest and sugar together with your fingers. Wet the rim of 8 cocktail glasses with a wet paper towel, and then dredge in clementine sugar to coat.
  2. In a large pitcher, use a wooden spoon to muddle cranberry juice, cranberries and rosemary sprigs thoroughly.
  3. Fill pitcher with ice cubes.
  4. Top off with clementine juice, wine and tonic water or ginger ale.
  5. Stir vigorously; pour into glasses; garnish with clementine twists and serve.

Your cocktail hour just got a little more intersting!

ENJOY! :)

La la la YUM! 25 Days of Yum – Apple Ginger Sparklers

Ok. So you’ve got your muffins and your cookies and cakes. You have a few fun drink and cocktail in your arsinal but what about for the kids and the under 21 year olds? What are they going to drink? Well, Martha Stewart has the answer – Sparking Apple Cider with a little kick! Ginger and cinnamon help this drinks sparkle and shine while your guest wine and dine. This recipe is nice and simple and sure to be a hit.

Apple Ginger Sparklers

First, you’ll need to make some tasty ginger syrup!

Ginger Syrup

For a more intense flavor, make this syrup a day before using, allowing the ginger to sit in the syrup, refrigerated, overnight.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 six-inch piece fresh ginger, finely diced
  1. Place sugar, ginger, and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook about 1 hour, until ginger flavor is quite strong. Let cool; strain before using.

Now lets make the drink!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Ginger Syrup
  • 4 1/2 cups sparkling apple cider
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 pieces crystallized ginger
  1. Place 2 tablespoons ginger syrup in each of six glasses. Fill glasses with ice cubes, pour in cider, and stir to combine. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and fresh ginger, and serve.

With the combination of the bubbling crisp apple and the kick of ginger, this certainly isn’t just some ginger ale. So break out your favorite glasses and toast to good times, great family and friends and an amazing holiday season.