When it comes to serving up drinks with a festive holiday feast, I think there are two times to focus on- before the meal and after. While enjoying the tasty spread before us (and I can’t wait to see all the new recipes getting served up this week!), we tend to drink simple ice water. We like to let the food shine while we sit at the table!
It’s fun to have a “signature” before-dinner drink and something to warm you up after the meal, though. Here at the Parenting Miracles house, we like to serve these up to chase away the chill and add some sparkle to our festivities!
To start off the celebrating, how about a Cranberry Sparkler?
The first step is to make a cranberry syrup. To do this, add the following to a small saucepan:
- 1 c cranberry juice
- 1/2 c fresh cranberries
- 1 c sugar
- 1/2 c water
Bring to a rolling boil over med-high heat, then reduce heat to medium. Boil gently, uncovered, for about 40 minutes. Scoop out the “chunky stuff”, cover, and chill to cool completely. This can be used as a base for drinks (as it is here) or as an ice cream or pancake topper.
What to serve? How about a homemade “latte” whipped up without fuss or fancy equipment?
Start with a half-cup of hot, strong coffee…
***Please don’t forget to click on the green Mr. Linky icon below to see all the additional delicious beverages other bloggers have contributed to our collection- from eggnog to wassail to cocoa concoctions, there’s something there to tickle your festive tastebuds!***Please visit again tomorrow when Jen serves up Appetizers over at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.
We’ll be putting together a whole delicious dinner over the course of the week. Click on the button at the top of this post to see the schedule. Join us each day for the next course!