The Nutcracker – Easy Bourbon Cocktail

This simple Bourbon Cocktail is a play on flavors with hints of almond from the addition Amaretto and bright citrus notes. Aptly named The Nutcracker – our delicious cocktail is one to be enjoyed while sitting by the fire with a big bowl of nuts!

The holidays are a time of gathering with friends and family to celebrate the magic of the season, and that’s why we’ve created this simply delicious Bourbon Cocktail for you to share!

Marble cutting board with a clear glass of Bourbon Cocktail surrounded by almonds and citrus
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White Christmas Sangria

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!

White sangria in clear glass pitcher with fresh cut apples and grapes
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Holiday Clementine Cranberry 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! 

Clementine Cranberry Cocktail

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

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.

Holiday Cranberry Cocktail Garnished
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Holiday Clementine Cranberry 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!  
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Cocktails, Drinks, Mocktails
Cuisine: American, English-American
Keyword: Christmas Cocktails, Holiday Cocktail
Servings: 2 people
Author: Melissa


  • 3 Clementines
  • 1/2 cup Ginger Ale
  • 1.5 cup Cranberry Juice
  • handful Frozen Cranberries
  • 4 oz White Rum
  • handful Ice Cubes


  • Prepping the Clementine Juice
    Begin 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. 
  • Garnish
    On 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!

more delicious holidays cocktails to enjoy



Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe

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?

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Recipe

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 Muffin or 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.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

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. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hot Chocolate Recipe, Pumpkin Spice, Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
Servings: 10 people
Author: Melissa


  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 can Pumpkin Puree (not pie filling) 15 oz
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 6 cups Milk we used 1%
  • 1 package White Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 tbsp Ground Cinnamon + additional for sprinkling on top of cups
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Allspice
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Cloves


  • Slow Cooker Method
    In 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. 
    Slow Cooker White Hot Chocolate Recipe
  • Stove-top Method
    Follow 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

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!
  • Cookies (cut and placed on the side of your mug)
  • Homemade Caramel Sauce for drizzle
  • Flavored marshmallows
  • Sprinkles for on top of whipped cream
  • Chopped Pecans or Walnuts – both delicious with the pumpkin flavors

Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate Recipe


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.

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Easy Mothers Day Brunch Round-Up

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!


BErries n Cream French Toast Casserole: garden in the kitchen

This gorgeous casserole uses fresh berries and cream cheese and is the perfect way to show mom just how sweet you think she is!











This hearty breakfast is easy to make and even easier to clean up! It combines crispy potatoes, cheesy eggs and smoky bacon and uses only one pan!









This simple to make frozen cocktail is a nice change from the classic mimosa we all think to serve mom for her special day.










eggs benedict with artichoke and roasted red pepper hollindase: food meanderings 

A gourmet take on the classic, this is a grown-up eggs benny with some incredible flavours, don’t fooled though it is still super easy to pull together!



This fresh and tangy parfait uses simple ingredients and is super easy to make, and just look at how pretty it is!











This is one of the dishes you can make ahead of time and pop in the oven on Sunday morning, it is full of cheesy goodness and will impress everyone in the family not just mom!










sparkling unicorn drink: the olive blogger

This drink is so yummy you will want to make a 2nd! A simple 3 ingredient cocktail (you can make it a mocktail if you wish!) that is a beautiful as it is tasty.










 huevos rancheros breakfast casserole: taste and see

This casserole has it all! It is loaded with Mexican flavours and full of fiber, a perfect start to your Mothers Day Brunch!










raspberry cheesecake swirl bread: savings dollars and sense

This sweet treat uses a sugar cookie dough base to create an easy make ahead “bread” you can serve with a nice cuppa tea.









A 5 minute cocktail that is loaded with flavour! It is a vodka based drink that is finished off with yummy snack like foods, allowing you to get creative with what you use to top it.










peach stuffed french toast: the olive blogger

If you haven’t tried our french toast yet now is the perfect time! It is perfectly sweet with a simple peach syrup and fresh peaches stuffed inside of a thick piece of your favourite bread.

French Toast on a colorful flowered plate with fresh peaches and walnuts







So are you ready to get cooking for your Mothers Day Brunch!? Be sure to tag us @theoliveblogger and #OliveYum on Instagram so we can see how you spoiled mom!

Easy Mothers Day Brunch Recipes - This round-up features everything you need to make sure mom has a special day! #MothersDay #BrunchRecipes #EasyBrunchIdeas

Easy Mothers Day Brunch Recipes – This round-up features everything you need to make sure mom has a special day! #MothersDay #BrunchRecipes #EasyBrunchIdeas

Looking for more? Check out the links below for some more ideas for your brunch. 

Cheesy Bacon Potato Fritatta – Amanda’s Cookin

Cinnamon French Toast Breakfast Bake – Family Food and Travel 

Blueberry Lemon Scones – Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Sausage and Cheese Grits Quiche – Coastal Kelder 

Strawberry Nutella Turnovers – Aileen Cooks 

Savory Breakfast Bread Pudding – The Kitchen is my Playground