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Holiday Party Beverages

Guest Author - Sandy Moyer

Fill your party punch bowl with one of these....

Frosty Party Punch

  • 1 - 12 oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 can (12oz.) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 quart pineapple juice
  • 1- 2 liter bottle ginger ale
  • frozen fruit ice mold - (see directions below)
  • For an alcoholic punch, add 12 to 16 oz. of peach schnapps.

Preparation -
Empty the frozen juices into a punch bowl. Pour in the pineapple juice. Stir until well mixed. Add the ginger ale and stir gently. Place the frozen fruit ice mold in the punch bowl. Serve immediately.

Frozen fruit ice mold - A day or two before the punch is to be served, slice 1 lemon, 1 lime, and 1 orange. Place the fruit slices in a large jello mold or plastic container. Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup marachino cherries. Strawberries can be also br added, if desired. Carefully add water to the mold, allowing space for expansion. Place in the freezer. When it's frozen solid, the ice mold is ready for your punch bowl. Dip the bottom of the mold in warm water to remove the molded ice.

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Cranberry Christmas Punch

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • juice of 3 fresh lemons or 6 T. bottled lemon juice
  • juice of 1 fresh lime or 2 T. bottled lime juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 quart ginger ale
  • 1 small jar red maraschino cherries
  • a few green maraschino cherries

Preparation -
A day or two before serving, pour the red maraschino cherries, with the juice, into a jello mold or freezer proof plastic container. Add the the green cherries. Add a small amount of water if necessary to cover the cherries completely. Freeze until you're ready to serve the punch. A few hours before the punch is to be served - combine the cranberries, water and sugar in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain the mixture. Let it cool completely, then add the citrus juices. Chill thoroughly. Just before serving, remove the frozen cherry mold from the container or jello mold. Place it in a punch bowl. Add the cranberry citrus juice and the ginger ale. Stir and serve.

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On a cold winter's evening, a warm beverage can be a very nice welcome. Fill Christmas mugs for each guest or let everyone serve themselves from a crockpot full of delicious hot chocolate. Use marshmallow snowmen in place of regular marshmallows to melt in the hot chocolate.

Hot Buttered Rum

  • 1/2 gallon apple cider (apple juice is okay too)
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup rum

Preparation -
Simmer the juice, sugar, and cinnamon for 15 to 20 minutes. Add the butter and rum and simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve hot.

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Warm Cherry-Apple Cider
  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick - about 3"
  • 1 box cherry gelatin

Combine the apple cider and cinnamon stick in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Add the cherry gelatin and continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is dissolved. Remove the cinnamon stick. Pour into a crockpot, set on low, to keep warm for serving.

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Spiced Cider in the Crockpot

  • 1 gallon fresh apple cider
  • 3 cups ginger ale
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2/3 cup cinnamon heart candies
  • cinnamon sticks
  • 1 or 2 oranges - sliced crosswise

Preparation -
Set the crockpot on high. Pour the cider, ginger ale and orange juice into the crockpot. Add the ground cloves and cinnamon hearts. Cook on high until the cinnamon hearts are dissolved - about 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Set the crockpot on low and cook for about 1 more hour. To serve - Ladle into glass mugs or Christmas mugs. Place an orange slice (standing on end) and a cinnamon stick in each mug before serving.

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*Dips and Spreads

*Other Appetizers -
Jalapeno Poppers, Buffalo Shrimp, Crab Melts, and more

For your Holiday Beverages.....

Prodyne 16x11-in. Acrylic Iceberg Party TubAcrylic Iceberg Party Tub
This attractive, clear acrylic party tub holds up to 8 wine bottles, or plenty of beer or soda. It has easy carry out handles.

OXO 4-qt. Steel Ice Bucket with Tongs
This attractive set by OXO has a 4-qt. capacity. It's double-walled for better insulation and has a brushed stainless steel finish. The non-slip base protects all surfaces. It comes with OXO tongs and a removable tong holder that attaches to the bucket's lip.
OXO 4-qt. Steel Ice Bucket with Tongs

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