Christmas Week Continues…
This holiday season, I’ve teamed up with over 35 other bloggers for Christmas Week–a collection of sweet treats for your enjoyment!! Originally started in 2012, and hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic, we’ve all pitched in to make your Christmas merry and bright with an awesome giveaway! Make sure you enter in the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post…
Nutella Ganache from Cravings of a Lunatic
Dark Chocolate Turtle Cups from Try Anything Once Culinary
Holiday Marshmallow Oreo Santa’s Hats from Desserts Required
Peppermint Mocha Fudge from The Redhead Baker
Petit Pains au Chocolat aux Amandes (Petite Chocolate Almond Croissants) from Pineapple and Coconut
Salted Caramel Cashews from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Hazelnut Crescents from Amee’s Savory Dish
Bacon Butter Toffee from Comfortably Domestic
Grandma’s Scottish Shortbread from Farm Fresh Feasts
OREO Snowball Cookies from Flour On My Face
Holiday Triple Chocolate Bark from Mother Would Know
Classic Chocolate Crinkles from Daily Appetite
Orange Cardamom Slice and Bake Cookies from Savory Experiments
Homemade Maple Candy from Cooking In Stilettos
Cranberry Cherry Spice Cake Trifle from Food Babbles
Chocolate Walnut Cranberry Pie from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
No Bake Peppermint Oreo Cheesecake from Big Bear’s Wife
Cream Puffs With Cranberry Orange Sauce from Everyday Southwest
Mini No Bake Eggnog Cheesecake from From Gate to Plate
Chewy Sugar Cookies from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Pignolata-Italian Honey Balls from Savoring Italy
Caramel Chocolate Cups with Peppermint Chips from Dixie Chik Cooks
Maple Gingerbread Marshmallows from The Tomato Tart
Every year on Christmas Eve, I host my family for a little shindig. We keep it pretty simple: salad, baked ziti, cheesy garlic crostini, and a bounty of Christmas cookies that we’ve baked anyway. It’s more about spending some time together, now that we’re scattered under different roofs, and making sure we all see each other during the holiday season. The only thing I’m not so great about keeping simple is the bar cart.
Our first Christmas in the house where we now live, I went way overboard. I must have purchased at least 8 bottles of different boozes, just to be sure we had something for everybody. There was eggnog in the fridge. I had beer chilled, as well. Vodka, and whiskey, and moonshine–oh, my! There was so much left untouched and leftover!
It really wasn’t necessary. Pick a signature drink or two and stick with it. Your guests will be absolutely fine with this, and you’ll save your sanity. And when you have something as beautiful as a Cranberry Gin Fizz in the glass, no one will be missing all that other obscure stuff they never would have asked for anyway. They’ll have the perfect sipper to keep them happy!
- 1½ ounces gin, like Tanqueray
- ½ ounce Cointreau
- 2 ounces 100% juice cranberry juice
- lemon-lime seltzer
- fresh cranberries (optional garnish)
- Fill a highball glass with ice.
- Pour into it the gin, Cointreau, cranberry juice, and top with lemon-lime seltzer.
- Stir gently and garnish with fresh cranberries.