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Christmas Party Cocktail Recipes

With just a few weeks until Christmas, holiday parties are in full swing! Decorations, hors hors d’oeuvres, and gift exchanges will be all the talk around the water cooler. But you know what will also be talked about – the cocktails! What’s a Christmas Party with out fun and festive cocktails!? Whether you are diving out or bringing the party to the office, here are some delicious cocktail recipes that will make you the talk of the town!

bare spiced cranberry margaritas

Bare Spiced Cranberry Margaritas

Bare Organic Mixers is spicing up the holidays and decking the halls with their Spiced Cranberry Pomegranate Margarita cocktail recipe. Bare Organic Mixers are a naturally low-calorie, flavorful, organic and light tasting cocktail mixers that are made with fresh organic fruit juices and agave nectar created by Natalie Susi. Bare comes in a variety of mixers such as margarita, lemon drop and pomegranate cranberry cosmo that blend well with nearly any liquor or spirit or can also be enjoyed straight up on the rocks. All of their mixers make great tasting clean cocktails with less than half the calories without any fillers unlike other brands on the market.

cranberry margritaIngredients:

For Margaritas

  • ¼ c Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup
  • ¾ c Bare Mixer’s Pomegranate Cranberry Cosmo
  • ¼ c Bare Mixer’s Margarita
  • ¾ c Silver Tequila
  • ½ c Patron Citronage or Grand Marnier
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Sugared Cranberries
  • Green sugar for rimming glasses

For Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • 3/4 c water
  • 2/3 c agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp whole allspice
  • 2 Tbsp whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • One 2″ fresh nob of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 c fresh cranberries, rinsed

Instructions:

For Simple Syrup

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and stir over low heat until combined. Raise heat and simmer the mixture for about 5-6 minutes or until the cranberries start to split. Once most have split remove the pan from the heat and cover with a lid. Let sit for 2 hours for the flavors to infuse. After the two hours strain the mixture into a jar using a mesh strainer, pressing the mixture against the strainer to extract all of the flavor. Keep in a resealable container and chill completely until ready to use.

For Margaritas

  1. Dip the rim of the glasses in a shallow bowl of the simple syrup and then immediately into a shallow bowl of green dyed sugar. Let dry completely. Once dry fill the glasses with ice. In a cocktail shaker with ice add 4 Tbsp of the spiced cranberry simple syrup, the tequila, orange liqueur, Bare Mixer’s Pomegranate Cranberry Cosmo and Bare Mixer’s Margarita. Cover and shake well then strain into the 4 glasses. Taste and add more simple syrup if desired. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and sugared cranberry skewers.

candy cane coolerCandy Cane Cooler

NoMa Social is bringing in the holiday season with a Candy Cane Cooler that just screams Christmas spirit. Not only does this concoction look festive, but it decks the halls of your taste buds as well. Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs crushed soft peppermint candy
  • 1½ fl oz vodka
  • splash of white creme de menthe
  • ¼ fl oz brandy
  • ½ fl oz half-and-half
  • Crushed ice
  • Peppermint stick for garnish
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Directions:

Combine the vodka and crushed peppermint.  Stir to dissolve.  Add the remaining ingredients, stir and garnish.

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Coquito – Puerto Rican Coconut Eggnog (with no eggs!!)

I have never been a fan of eggnog. There I said it. I have gone to parties where I have held the same glass all night long, choking down a few sips just to be polite. But all in all… it’s nasty. That is until I discovered Coquito – Puerto Rican Coconut Eggnog that has a totally different flavor and consistency and is absolutely delicious. And I like mine a little strong… so its dangerously delicious. But hey – its only a few times a year, right?! This year I teamed up with Blue Chair Bay for Blogtender Nation to concoct recipes with their premium blend rums, and I knew I had to make Coquito – it was PERFECT.

coquito

Now, I do not put egg in mine because… well… eww. I can not get past the idea of raw egg being in my drink, much less the taste. (Fully admitting that may be in my head) So this recipe is egg free. However there are tons of Coquito recipes that you can find with egg online that would all be great with the Blue Chair Bay Spiced Coconut Rum I am sure – but for this one – I went egg free. I also put whipped cream on mine… because it is pretty and tastes great – even though my Puerto Rican best friend looked at me like I had a third eye.

It does need to chill in the fridge for a few hours though – so be sure to mix it up before your Christmas Party begins – because once you get that first taste, you are going to want to sip it all party long. Coquito is smooth and savory, and the Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum gave it just that perfect little extra kick to bring it all together.

Coquito

Ingredients

  • 1 12oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 15oz can sweetened cream of coconut
  • 1 14oz can coconut milk
  • 3 cups Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • whipped cream (optional)

Blend all ingredients together in a large blender. If you do not have a blender large enough, you can make it in small batches and pour together into a pitcher. Seal tightly and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Shake well and then serve ice cold straight with cinnamon topping and whipped cream if you would like. If there are leftovers (probably not, but just sayin) they will keep for about a week if sealed tightly in the fridge. Make sure to shake well before serving.

coquito recipe

Blue Chair Bay is a collection of premium-blended rums by singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney. When Kenny Chesney asked, “How can I bottle this up?” he went looking for the last of the great authentic beachside distilleries. From down on the waterline in Barbados comes Blue Chair Bay® Rum, beach made and beach aged for when you want to kick back and let time fly. You can purchase Blue Chair Bay Premium Rums from your local liquor store or enjoy a cocktail at your favorite watering hole. And check out the Blue Chair Bay Facebook Page for even more recipes!

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Disclosure: I received a bottle of Blue Chair Bay for the purpose of this review – all opinions are my own.

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Join The Gallo Family Vineyards “Every Cork Counts” Program benefitting Meals on Wheels

I am so super excited to share a great campaign from Gallo Family Vineyards that I hope all of you participate in this year! I know I will be!

Corks and Moscato

Wine and dine your family and friends while giving back this holiday season through Gallo Family Vineyards’ Every Cork Counts program, an initiative that supports Meals On Wheels Association of America and its mission to end senior hunger.

Now in its 5th year, Gallo Family Vineyards hopes to make its biggest donation to the organization yet. The Winery has already donated $100,000 in 2014 and hopes to ramp up efforts to finish the year strong with our help in raising an additional $50,000. With the holiday season and the height of entertaining just around the corner, giving back to help the nearly 8.9 million seniors who face the threat of hunger is as easy as popping the top to a bottle of any great-tasting Gallo Family Vineyards wine during all your upcoming celebrations.

For each cork returned to the Winery via text, email or mail through December 31, 2014, a $1 donation will be made to Meals On Wheels Association of America. Over the past five years, Gallo Family Vineyards has collected thousands of corks and donated more than $250,000 to support the needs of seniors in communities across the country.

How to return corks with Gallo Family Vineyards’ Every Cork Counts

  • Snap a picture of a single Gallo Family Vineyards cork or cap and text, upload or email it to make it count
    • Text the photo and the word GALLO to 811811 and follow the subsequent instructions on how to submit the Gallo cork or cap photo
    • Message and data rates, and other carrier-specific rates and applicable taxes may apply
  • Email the Gallo cork or cap photo to gallo@everycorkcounts.com
  • Limit one cork or cap per photo per text/email and up to ten corks or caps per day per phone number/email address. All corks or caps must be received by 11:59:59 PM PST on December 31, 2014
  • Mail your Gallo Family Vineyards corks or caps to Gallo Family Vineyards 2014 Every Cork Counts, P.O. Box 3017, Grand Rapids, MN 55745-3017.

For complete Official Program Rules, visit Gallo Family Vineyards.

Ready to jump in? I did – I texted my first cork in tonight – and I hope you will do the same! Let’s help Gallo Family Vineyards feed more Seniors this year!

 

Join me and help @GalloFamily and @MealsOnWheels for #EveryCorkCounts http://moscatomom.com/every-cork-counts

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Halloween Party Ideas – Van Gogh Candy Corn Shooter

Hosting a Halloween Party this year? These Van Gogh Candy Corn Shooters are the perfect addition to your spooky soirée. Made with premium Van Gogh Flavored Vodka, these sweet, smooth shooters will be a crowd pleaser for sure!

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Whole30 Halloween Stuffed Bell Peppers

When I launched in to Whole30 back in July, I did it alone. My family has dealt with enough of my yo-yo diets, I decided to keep this one to myself. If it worked, maybe they would want to join me next time. If it didn’t they were none the wiser. Perfect plan, right? Well… it worked. It worked so well in fact that when I mentioned that I wanted to do it again – Mike jumped on board. There aren’t even words for how happy that made me.

After that round (his first, my second) we made an agreement to stay as close to whole30 as possible going forward. We all four agreed as a family to stick to Whole30 at least 90% – not stressing over if we eat out or go to a dinner party or whatever. It has been wonderful. I have had so much fun learning new Whole30 Recipes and getting creative with what I serve. With Halloween just around the corner I had an idea of a “treat” everyone would enjoy.

whole30 stuffed bell pepper recipe

Mike had said before that he used to love when his Mom made stuffed bell peppers. I had never had them before, so I thought I would give it a go – adding a bit of a kid friendly spin. When the family came to the dinner table they all loved their little individual “jack-o-lanterns” and gobbled up every bite. It wasn’t until after they finished that I told them they were 100% Whole30 Compliant. How’s that for a “trick!?”

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