Dreaming of a White Christmas? Our White Wine Sangria is full of the best holiday flavors – fresh crisp apples, plump grapes, sprigs of fresh rosemary and of course white wine! It is the perfect drink for your gatherings.
Christmas time is all about entertaining and spending time with our loved ones, but there is a certain amount of stress that comes with trying to plan and make sure everything is perfect. Our Christmas Sangria recipe is great for your intimate or large gatherings – it can be doubled or even tripled if you need a bigger batch- stunning to look at and its incredible flavor does not go unnoticed.
When I made this for a gathering with my girlfriends every single one of them told me how it was so much better than other sangria recipes they have had in the past. Find out our secrets to the perfect cocktail!
The flavors of the tangy cranberry combine with the citrus bursts of clementine and soft sweetness of the rum to create this incredible Clementine Cranberry Cocktail!
The holidays are just around the corner so I thought today I would share my delicious Clementine Cranberry Cocktail (or mocktail!) for you to add to your list for entertaining! Any one who knows us will tell you that this drink is present at any and ALL events that we host. I have even brought the ingredients with me to other parties just so I could enjoy it more while the clementines are in season!
Aside from the fact that this drink is delicious, it is also GORGEOUS and really stands out as a unique Holiday Cocktail your guests will enjoy. It has a beautiful pale red color with notes of both tangy and sweet and the best part? The bubbles from the Ginger ale that bounce on your tongue as you sip (or gulp in my case!) it back! Everything about this Cranberry Cocktail screams holidays to me which is why it has been a staple in our celebrations for over 4 years now.
The flavors of the tangy cranberry combine with the citrus bursts of clementine and soft sweetness of the rum to create this incredible Clementine Cranberry Cocktail! #HolidayCocktails #CranberryCocktail #ChristmasDrinks
How do you make good holiday cocktails?
A good Holiday Cocktail starts with your barware. Be creative and have fun and be sure to have a wide selection of cocktail glasses to match the drink you are making.
Ice, Ice baby! Cold is best, no one likes a warm drink! Keep your liquid ingredients in the fridge to ensure optimal temperature for your cocktails.
Have a wide array of alcohol on hand so you can sub if someone doesn’t like your base (i.e. they prefer vodka cocktails to rum cocktails).
Measure your ingredients. Free-handing is fun but you don’t want to have too strong, or too weak, of a drink to serve your guests.
Add ice to your shaker right before mixing and no sooner…you don’t want to serve an overly diluted drink.
Always pay attention to the ingredients going into your cocktail, if it has carbonation be sure to STIR rather than SHAKE to avoid a messy situation.
ALWAYS garnish your cocktails! Even a simple garnish makes the difference between a drink and a perfect cocktail.
The flavors of the tangy cranberry combine with the citrus bursts of clementine and soft sweetness of the rum to create this incredible Clementine Cranberry Cocktail, perfect for any Holiday gathering!
Course: Cocktails, Drinks, Mocktails
Cuisine: American, English-American
Keyword: Christmas Cocktails, Holiday Cocktail
Prepping the Clementine JuiceBegin by using a fruit knife (often included in a cocktail shaker kit) to gently curl some of the rind for garnish, set aside. Cut the clementine in half and squeeze the juice into a small bowl or container.
Combine the cranberry juice, clementine juice, ice and rum in your cocktail shaker. Make sure the lid is on tightly and SHAKE to mix the ingredients well.
Using the strainer, pour equal portions into your glass. Add 1/2 of the ginger ale along with a couple of frozen cranberries and stir gently to combine.
GarnishOn a small toothpick, spear 3-4 cranberries and wrap the clementine peel from earlier between. Place on top of your glass and serve. Add additional ice if you want it colder.
You can prepare your clementines ahead of time, we normally juice and peel them the day before our parties and keep the juice in a sealed container so it is easy to measure the day of! If you prefer your drink weaker (or stronger) be sure to adjust the rum to your tastes!
Remember, everything is customizable! If you are having a large gathering you can always make this as a punch, just calculate the number of guests you have and increase your ingredients. For example, a party with 20 guests would require 10x the ingredients listed above. Also, if you have guests that do not drink alcohol you can easily omit the rum and it will still taste just as good. Always have fun with it and it will show to your guests, no one likes a stressed out party host!
This Hot Chocolate Recipe is sure to be a new favorite, it is lusciously creamy and the spices mix beautifully with the white chocolate to create a Pumpkin Spice drink you won’t soon forget. It comes together effortlessly and makes enough to serve 8-10 people.
With the days getting shorter and much colder I thought I would share with you guys my delicious Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe. If you are a fan of creamy and rich hot chocolate then you are going to love this unique twist on a classic Fall drink. The fact that it is made in a slow cooker gains it extra bonus points in my opinion, who doesn’t love a “no-watch” recipe right?
The ingredients that go into our Hot Chocolate Recipe are simple and sweet! To make it creamy we used both condensed milk and cream which helps to create a thickness you won’t get with milk alone. We also use the traditional spices you would find in a Pumpkin Muffinor Pumpkin Spice Latte. You can adjust the amount of spices you use to fit your tastes, but I think we found a pretty good balance in our recipe. So are you ready for a sweetly spiced cup of Hot Chocolate?
how do you make hot chocolate in a slow cooker?
It is as easy as throwing everything together, giving it a stir and setting it to cook! Honestly, this is my preferred method of making Hot Chocolate as I don’t have to stand over the stove for 45 minutes to ensure the milk doesn’t scorch. And the best part of this Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate is that it is big enough for a crowd which makes it great for holidays and gatherings!
You can even make it ahead of time and keep it in a sealed container in the fridge, then you just set your slow cooker to “keep warm” to reheat it slowly before your guests arrive. Anything that saves me time when I am trying to entertain is a win-win, especially when it only uses 1 dish.
This Hot Chocolate Recipe is sure to be a new favorite, it is lusciously creamy and the spices mix beautifully with the white chocolate to create a Pumpkin Spice drink you won't soon forget. It comes together effortlessly and makes enough to serve 8-10 people.
Keyword: Hot Chocolate Recipe, Pumpkin Spice, Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
1canSweetened Condensed Milk
1 canPumpkin Puree (not pie filling)15 oz
6cupsMilkwe used 1%
1packageWhite Chocolate Chips
1/2 tbspGround Cinnamon+ additional for sprinkling on top of cups
1/4 tspGround Ginger
1/8 tsp Allspice
1/8 tsp Ground Cloves
Slow Cooker MethodIn a small bowl whisk together all spices to combine
Next, combine the condensed milk and cream in your slow cooker and stir to an even consistency. Add in your pumpkin puree and milk, stirring to combine.
Add in spices and white chocolate chips and stir. Set to high for 1.5 hours or low for 2.5 hours, being sure to stir every 20 minutes or so.
Stove-top MethodFollow directions above but using a large sauce pot instead. Set it over medium-low heat on the stove for approximately 45 minutes. Be sure to stir every 10 minutes to prevent the milk from scorching.
You can easily adjust the spices to your tastes, and can even use milk chocolate chips if you prefer them over the white chocolate. Either way this Hot Chocolate Recipe is going to become a new favorite!
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate Recipe – A rich & creamy Hot Chocolate Recipe with spices that mix beautifully with the white chocolate to create a Pumpkin Spice drink your taste buds will love. #HotChocolateRecipe #SlowCookerHotChocolate #PumpkinSpice
toppings for your hot chocolate
You can get as creative as you would like with toppings for yours but personally I find this Hot Chocolate recipe perfect just the way it is. That being said, you can never go wrong with a dollop of whipped cream or a nice fluffy marshmallow.
Other toppings could include:
Fresh grated nutmeg
Chocolate dipped cinnamon sticks – a garnish with a purpose!
Chopped Pecans or Walnuts – both delicious with the pumpkin flavors
Mmm just look at how tasty that cuppa Hot Chocolate looks, it just screams Fall comfort to me. Be sure to make a batch for your next gathering and let us know what you thought using #OliveYum on Instagram for a chance to be featured.
With only a week to go until we celebrate all the moms out there I thought it would be a perfect time to round-up some of my favourite dishes, drinks and sweets from fellow bloggers to make it the best Mothers Day Brunch yet! There is something for every mom on the list, and some of them can even be assembled the night before which leaves more time for morning snuggles! Get your shopping list ready and be prepared to receive extra kisses from mom!
It has been a few weeks since we last spoke, and I am sure you guys will be just as excited as I am about today’s drink recipe! The name says it all, Strawberry Mint Bliss, a blend of fresh strawberries with crushed mint and a couple other yummy ingredients. There is just something about Strawberry Cocktails and summertime to me! It is everything you need on a hot summer day while sitting out under the shade of your patio umbrella, or while in the pool (which is how I plan to enjoy it over and over again).
I made this tasty drink for Mother’s Day this past weekend for my mom and pregnant sister (eee!) so of course I had to make one non-alcoholic, and it honestly tasted just as good. We all slurped them back pretty quick while we enjoyed our waffle bar brunch, and agreed that it is a winner for the hot days we have ahead. It is simply a gorgeous drink to look at with the combination of bright red strawberries and the green mint leaves and it is finished off with the addition of Italian Soda really makes it quite refreshing.
Now personally I enjoy my Strawberry Cocktail with Rum but you could easily do this with vodka, gin or any other alcohol you prefer! The fun thing with making your own drinks is the ability to customize them to your tastes and preferences! You can even add a splash of lemon-lime soda to give it a little tang. The possibilities are only as endless as your imagination.
This summer drink combines bright red strawberries and fresh mint and it is finished off with the addition of Italian Soda to make it refreshing.
Course: Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Strawberry Cocktail with Rum, Strawberry Cocktails, Strawberry Drinks
1bottleStrawberry Italian Soda1 L
1 pacakgeFresh Strawberriesrinsed and sliced
White Rumadjust to your taste - I do 2 oz per glass
Pour soda into a drink pitcher and add rum to your preferred taste (I did about 1/2 c for the entire jug but you can do more or less).
Rip off about 1/3 c of mint leaves and gently "crush" between your fingers to release the oils, add to pitcher of soda.
Stir all the above ingredients together in the pitcher and add your sliced strawberries (I reserved a couple to place on the glass for added fun!).
Serve in mason jars with green straws to compliment the mint, and ENJOY
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I mean really, could it be any easier to make? Be sure to buy double the ingredients if you are entertaining a larger crowd as it will be gulped back faster than you can make it. Also be sure to check out last years Mother’s Day drink, The Sparkling Unicorn here as well as other fun drink recipes on our Drinks Page. And let me know what your favorite Strawberry Cocktails are in the comments below! There is a fun drink waiting with your name on it!
A super easy Summer Drink that can be made alcoholic or non-alcoholic to suit your tastes! Full of fresh strawberries and mint, it will leave your thirst quenched on a hot summer day!