Eats & Treats: Winter Party Cocktails

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini

  • 2 peppermint candies, crushed
  • ¼ cup vanilla vodka
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint schnapps
  • ¼ cup white chocolate liqueur
Dip the martini glass in a marshmallow sundae topping and then dip in the crushed peppermint candies for the candy-coated rim. Add ice, vodka, schnapps, and the liqueur to a shaker and shake! Pour into the glass, sprinkle with peppermint or add a mini candy cane, and enjoy!

Cran-Bourbon Cocktail

  • 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon Cointreau
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Add all ingredients into a shaker and shake with ice for 15 seconds. Strain into a decorative glass of your choice!

Winter Mojito

  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 6-8 cranberries
  • ¼ oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 ½ oz. Depaz Cane Sugar
  • 1 ¾ oz. Depaz Blue Cane Amber Rum
Mix ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well! Strain into a tall glass with fresh ice. If needed muddle the mint leaves for extra flavor. Garnish with cranberries and a mint sprig and top the sprig off with some powdered sugar if desired.

Blackberry Ombre Sparkler

  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 bottle champagne
Mix the blackberries, sugar, and water together in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, reduce to a simmer and let sit for 12-15 minutes to form the syrup. Drain the blackberries, keeping the syrup in a separate bowl allowing both to cool. Once cooled, add about 4 tablespoons of the syrup to the bottom of the flute. Top with champagne and garnish with blackberries (the cooked or fresh) and a sprig of rosemary.


Eats & Treats: Sweet Treats For The Season

Pear Cardamom Tart   If you’re going for a rustic menu that will remind you of your grandmother’s home cooking the pear cardamom tart is the perfect fit! The convergence of the caramelized pears, sweet mascarpone, fresh thyme and pastry crust will treat you and your guests to a gossip-worthy sweet yet savory dish. We can’t forget to mention the scallop trimmed tarts aesthetic beauty and perfect bite sized pieces that will have you feeling satisfied rather than unbearably stuffed.

Vanilla Chai Donuts   Donuts have taken over the fro-yo craze so we thought to stay on trend why not incorporate them into a holiday menu with this spicy chai vanilla edition. If guilt-free guests start hounding you with dietary concerns you can put them at ease with the fact that they’re baked and not fried. Beware: They have been known to leave behind an enticing aroma that will probably have you wanting more.

Lindt Gourmet Truffles   ‘Tis the season to indulge in double dipped, decorated chocolate goodness with a smooth melting center. That’s the kind of luxe sweetness you’ll enjoy with Lindt Gourmet Truffles, making them the best way to start your seasonal sweet tooth fulfillment. Placing these in a crystal dish at your holiday party will allow everyone to engage in deliciously decadent holiday cheer. Tip from experience: You may need to hide a few for yourself before they’re all gone!

Raspberry Macaroons   Transport the quaint Victorian café to your home by baking these raspberry macaroons complete with raspberry jam filling for the holidays! This European favorite has become a sought-after delight making it the ideal treat for everyone to cater this winter season.



Eats & Treats: Great Holiday Recipes

Pumpkin Pecan Fudge Squares   Yes, the pumpkin obsession is still alive and well. No matter how much we want to disregard the love of pumpkin it is here and it is present so you might as well put it on a platter and serve it! These pumpkin pecan fudge squares have a dynamic taste fit for any fall flavored cravings.

Blue Cheese and Pine Nut Puffs   A cheese lover’s go to side with a prominent flavor of Blue Cheese alongside a hint of Gruyere contrasted with fresh thyme and pine nuts. This platter makes for a party favorite that’ll be the talk of the season.

Pancetta Green Bean Casserole   A Thanksgiving favorite with a spin! The spin you might ask? A delightful garnish of pancetta and panko bread crumbs as a substitute for the traditional French fried onions for some added crunch and unconventionality!

Cranberry Glazed Pork Tenderloin   This isn’t just any pork tenderloin. The cranberry glaze gives it that much needed sweet zest and dimension. Adding a glaze to your favorite savory staple is easy and adds that something that was missing. No need for a side sauce if you got the glaze!


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