Dec 1, 2016

White Peppermint Bark Martini (& Notes from the Martini Lab)

What’s more fun than a holiday dinner?  How about a holiday dinner that includes a martini lab?  This year, with daughters home early (hooray!) for Thanksgiving, I invited over my sister-in-law and put a ham in the oven.  After a casual dinner, we set to mixing up holiday martinis, including the White Peppermint Bark Martini featured today.  Now this isn’t … Continue reading

Dec 13, 2015

Christmas Drinking Custard

I’ve been watching the photographs for years.  Thick liquid custard, dressed up and poured into a mug.  Can you look and not be tempted?  This special drink is known by many names: boiled custard, drinking custard, crème anglaise–and bears a strong resemblance to egg nog.  But in lieu of eggnog’s nutmeg and cinnamon, you get a heady dose of fragrant … Continue reading

Nov 23, 2015

Spiced Cider Syrup (Instant Hot Apple Cider)

Now that we’ve had a few cold days, I can feel winter in the air. I love the change of seasons (especially when it follows a long autumn) with winter’s promise of snowdrifts and sugarplums. Winter is especially nice if you serve it up with a warm drink like hot spiced cider. Made from freshly pressed apple juice, warmed with … Continue reading

Aug 23, 2015

Spiced Wine Poached Pears

Do you love fruit as much as I do?  Fruit topped desserts, fruit pies, fruit in yogurt or all by itself…      Yes, I love fruit in pretty much any form–and for a special treat, I’ll take my fruit boozy. Bourbon peaches.  Plums preserved in brandy.  Cider mulled wine. Wine poached pears. 

Valentines Prosecco Cocktail

Feb 8, 2015

Ruby Prosecco Cocktail

When I first read about this Prosecco Cocktail (on the Comfort of Cooking Blog), I thought of Christmas. Flavored with cranberry and orange, the drink perfectly celebrates the flavors of the season.  But it was so pretty, with its rosy-red color and sparkling bubbles, I decided to make it for Valentine’s Day. I’d even serve it at a winter brunch–as … Continue reading

Mulled Wine. Not just for Christmas anymore.

Jan 29, 2014

Winter Mulled Wine, Brandy Optional

In much of the US, the frigid weather has sure been a focus lately.  School was closed for us again and everyone is ending emails with the phrase “stay warm”.  Last weekend we made a last minute decision to close our “cabin up north” due to the propane shortage and I am mourning the (temporary) loss of my weekend retreat.  … Continue reading

Coconut swirls in Blizzard White Chocolate Martini

Dec 29, 2013

Bilzzard White Chocolate Martini

I love the days between Christmas and New Years.  The frenzy of shopping and baking are over, while the warmth and ambiance remain.  I pull out all the carols I have neglected, and catch up on any Christmas movies that were skipped in the busy days before.  I leisurely research recipes to use up leftovers (10 best uses for extra … Continue reading

Martini by CHristmas Tree

Dec 18, 2012

Holiday Eggnog Martini

I have been waiting to make an Eggnog Martini for almost a year.  I saw the recipe late last winter and had to wait until eggnog was “in season” again.  Gee–seasonal eating can be tough. When the eggnog arrived this year, I was ready.  Until I decided I should wait until I can use it to celebrate something. The first … Continue reading

Dec 31, 2011

Warm Your New Year with Hot Buttered Rum

There is a soft spot in my heart for hot toddies, the classic winter beverage that blends sweet, smooth and soothing in a single warm gulp.  When winter freezes your breath and numbs your toes, it is only right to defrost by a fire, then get warm on the inside too. On New Year’s Eve the spirit is strong. It … Continue reading

Nov 13, 2011

Hot Toddy Time: Spiked Cocoa

Hot Toddy (n.) a mixed drink, usually including alcohol, that is served hot. Wikipedia adds that “hot toddies (such as mulled cider) are traditionally drunk before going to bed, or in wet or cold weather. They were believed to help cure the cold and flu, but the American Lung Association now recommends avoiding treating the common cold with alcoholic beverages … Continue reading