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.
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!
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.
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.
Iced tea is a staple at my house from spring through early fall. It is thirst quenching and goes with everything from BBQ chicken to blackberry cobbler. I usually drink unsweetened tea with a sprig of mint, but this mint tea punch is delicious when the occasion calls for something special.
This is one of my favorite summer time drinks! My mother used to make something similar with powdered lemonade mix and soda water. We all thought we were the cats pajamas when she served her sparkling lemonade. I don’t think she’d be offended to hear me say that this is much better.
Liven up your get-togethers with a drink before dinner. This sparkling mocktail can be turned into a true cocktail with the addition of vodka.
Raspberries aren’t particularly fond of the hot summers typical of Arkansas, but the two varieties – ‘Dorman Red’ and ‘Heritage’ – we planted at the Garden Home Retreat are heat tolerant so we get a pretty good crop. Both are everbearing, producing berries in June and then again in fall. The real problem is getting from the garden to the kitchen without eating them all!
Raspberries are a delicate fruit. They’ll only keep for about three days in the refrigerator. For the best results don’t wash them before storing and discard any damaged berries. If you place them in a single layer on a paper towel in an air-tight container they will hold up better than packed into a box.
You can freeze raspberries too. Gently wash, pat dry and sprinkle with lemon juice to retain the color. Place the prepared berries on a cookie sheet and freeze. Once frozen transfer them to an air-tight container and keep in the freezer. You can keep frozen raspberries for up to a year.
Celebrate berry season with this fizzy blend of fresh strawberries and raspberries.