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Lavender Champagne Cocktail

 Liven the setting up with a colorful napkin topped with a Lavender Champagne Cocktail garnished with a fun paper straw. The recipe (borrowed fromhandmademood.com) is easy!


Tip: Lavender oil can be substituted for any number of fruits or oils. Our test kitchen has enjoyed making cranberry simple syrup for fall to winter cocktails.

Honey Vanilla Iced Coffee

Westrock CoffeeI like to perk up my afternoon with this tasty iced coffee drink sweetened with honey. To make this drink even sweeter, I choose a coffee with a conscious. Westrock Coffee is an Arkansas-based brand that works with smallholder farmers around the globe to create some of the finest coffees in the world. Westrock is committed to creating great coffee from crop to cup. By operating at each level of the coffee supply chain, Westrock offers complete transparency to consumers and fair, honest trade to their farmer partners. In turn, the partnerships impact the farmers, their families and their entire communities. Learn more at WestrockCoffee.com.

Hot Chocolate

Who can resist a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day? I certainly can’t! It is one of my favorite winter treats. In these days of instant gratification it is hard to come by a cup of hot chocolate that isn’t made from a powder, so when I found this recipe in an old cookbook I decided to give it a try. It takes a little longer to make, but it is well worth the effort. The flavor is rich and frothy. Just the way hot chocolate should be.

Champagne Cocktail

There is just something festive about the fizzy flavor of champagne. It is no wonder that it is such a popular drink during the holidays. Popping the cork and sharing a glass with friends is a great way to ring in the New Year. Note that I said “a glass,” because I have found that too much champagne is a quick way to ruin your temperament the following day!

When I have guests over for New Year’s Eve I like to mix up a batch of classic champagne cocktails. It is fun and somewhat nostalgic, perfect for sending off the old and welcoming the new.

Natchez Eggnog

What would the holidays be without eggnog? I discovered this recipe while on a trip to Natchez, Mississippi. Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, rum and bourbon combine to put a kick in your step and a gleam in your eye!


Around this time every year, we start seeing that quintessential holiday drink – eggnog – showing up in homes around the country. But if you or your guests can’t do dairy, have I got a great alternative. It’s soynog!

Hot Mulled Cider

I don’t know which is better the flavor of this drink or the spicy aroma that fills the house when it is prepared. Apple cider, orange, pineapple and lemon juices are blended with spices for a warm holiday treat.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

The folks from Rock Town Distillery made these pumpkin martini’s with a graham cracker crust garnish at the October 2010 Tale of Two Farms at the Moss Mountain Farm Garden Home. They were a hit with all the guests so I got the recipe to share with you.