14 December 2012

Serve it Hot!!! ~ Happy Holiday Recipes


As the holidays are approaching fast, and company is coming over I do a search on the web for new and exciting recipes. With drinks first on my mind, I need to cover both adults and kids so I started looking on Ocean Spray, Driscoll's and Web MD food & recipes. I love to share simple and fun ideas. I chose these drinks for their RED appeal and yummy ingredients. Feel free to add your own flare to them & change up the ingredients. ;-)

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal
This recipe is one of my favorites and is courtesy of :
Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 30 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes
  • 2 cups
    blueberries, plus extra for garnish 
  •   2 cups
  •   1 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon
    aluminum free baking powder 
  •   1/2 teaspoon
    sea salt
  • 2 cups
    whole milk 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons
    melted butter
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup
    maple syrup
  •   2 teaspoons
    vanilla extract
  •   1 cup
    toasted chopped almonds
  •   1/4 cup
    turbinado sugar
FYI: Turbinado Sugar is Natural brown sugar, often less processed and healthier. 
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Divide the berries between six small mason jars.
  2. Mix the oats, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Divide the dry mix between the jars, just layering on top of the blueberries, about 1/3 cup.
  3. Mix the milk, butter, maple and vanilla together. Pour a scant 1/2 cup on top of the oats, letting it seep through to the bottom. Place all the jars in a baking dish, sprinkle a few fresh berries on top, and bake on the middle rack for about 30 minutes until the liquid is absorbed, tops are just browned but the oats are still moist.
  4. Sprinkle the tops with the toasted almonds and a pinch of turbinado sugar and serve warm!
 From The Driscoll's website
 The Raspberry Ginger Bellini is a great signature cocktail to have for the holidays – it goes well with turkey and is a great toasting drink. It has the champagne but with a little kick of the raspberries, and it won't be as expensive as serving a full glass.

Give the Bellini (traditionally made with Prosecco and peach puree) a makeover using fresh raspberries and ginger liqueur. Shake together with a little lemon juice and simple syrup then add to sparkling Rose for a fun and colorful cocktail. Cheers!


  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) Domaine de Canton (ginger liqueur)
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) simple syrup
  • 4 Driscoll's Raspberries, plus one for garnish
  • Ice
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) Chandon Rosé or Sparkling Rosé
  • Candied ginger for garnish


  1. Combine the Domaine de Canton, lemon juice, simple syrup and 4 raspberries in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Top with ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Add Chandon Rose or Sparkling Rose in a champagne coupe glass.
  4. Strain shaken contents into glass with Rosé.
  5. Garnish with a skewer of raspberry and piece of candied ginger.
OK, so I was thinking of this drink changed a little for the kids instead of the ginger liquor and Sparkling Rose, use Ginger Ale, Sprite or Fruity Seltzers. Make your own combos.

Serve it Hot
Get your holiday drink on! A hot beverage like a mulled cider (with or without alcohol) is a great, simple way to serve up something special and also serve as holiday aromatherapy the second someone walks into the door.

I just love this recipe for warm apple cider, i have made it many times and my kids love it. They use the cinnamon sticks as straws. 

To celebrate the holiday season with family and friends, mix up a batch of warm blackberry cider then garnish with fresh blackberries, cinnamon sticks and oranges for a festive touch.


  • 64 ounces apple cider
  • 1 package (6 ounces or 1 1/3 cups) Driscoll's Blackberries, 6 reserved for garnish
  • 7 orange wheels, 3 reserved for garnish
  • 4 dashes ground cinnamon
  • 2 star anise
  • 6 cinnamon sticks, for garnish


  1. Remove 6 blackberries from container and set aside. Bring apple cider, remaining blackberries, orange slices, cinnamon and star anise to a boil in a large saucepot. Let simmer until the blackberries lose color. Strain and transfer to a pitcher or bottle. Serve hot or chilled. Pour into 6 glasses, garnish with a blackberry, cinnamon stick, and remaining orange wheels cut into halves.
Both of these drink recipes are courtesy of  Kim Haasarudis a professional mixologist.And are available @ http://www.driscolls.com/recipes/mixology-101.php

Thanks for stopping by and please share your holidays recipes - thoughts - ideas.

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