Brandy Alexander with Ice Cream

With a sophisticated chocolate flavor and creamy goodness, A Brandy Alexander with ice cream is a fun cocktail or dessert for the holidays or any time of the year! 

Brandy Alexander with Ice Cream

Is it a cocktail, is it a dessert?  That depends on when you serve it up!  I would say that after dinner, it’s dessert while before dinner it’s a cocktail.  Well unless you are in the “eat dessert first” camp!   

Either way, the thick, tasty blend of ice cream, brandy and creme de cacao is a creamy taste sensation.  Not to mention a whole lot of fun!   Read more



Downton Abbey Christmas Champagne Cocktail

With a homemade spiced syrup, festive cranberry juice, and bubbly champagne, this Christmas Champagne Cocktail is a special holiday drink!

Christmas Champagne Cocktail

Are you in love with holiday cocktails like I am?  From classy martinis to rich ice cream drinks to boozy eggnogs, they can turn your cocktail hour festive!  Or cap off a dinner party perfectly!

And today’s Christmas Champagne Cocktail is extra special!  First there’s the bubbly champagne!  Second there’s a tasty, spiced syrup (easily made with regular pantry spices).  And finally, it comes from Highclere Castle, the filming location of the British classic Downton Abbey! 

Highclere Castle, aka Downton Abbey Read more


Cranberry Martini (or Cosmopolitan)

Lightly sweet and flavorful, this Cranberry Martini will be delicious at your next holiday event.  In January you can call it a Cosmopolitan.  And check out the other fun holiday cranberry recipes from my blogging friends at the end!

Cranberry Martini

You’ve got to love the holidays–for so many reasons! And one thing I especially enjoy is how many things “morph” into special holiday form. 

Isn’t if fun how so many ordinary things become just slightly magical?  Decorations?  Yup!  Cookies?  Of course!  Music?  A favorite!  Movies?  Watching one now!

And don’t forget the holiday drinks!

Today I’m making a Cranberry Martini.  Doesn’t that sound tasty!  Read more


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