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FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Alcohol-Free Cocktails & Recipe

Cocktail
For guests who need a lift, this cocktail was made with sparkling grapefruit Hiball energy drink instead of regular soda.
  Instead of relegating non-drinking guests to an evening of mineral water, create a special alcohol-free cocktail menu to make their evening festive. Give it a sophisticated name for cachet. One option is the “Great Wall,” a combination of brewed jasmine tea and ginger ale. Brew a pot of jasmine tea and cool it in a pitcher like iced tea (1 teaspoon of tea per 2/3 cup water). Then mix 2/3 cup tea in a tall glass with 1/3 regular or diet ginger ale, ice, and a twist of lemon. This special drink will make your guest feel special, too…and also is a good option for guests who’ve reached their limit with regular cocktails. You can find seasonal cocktails with a kick in the Cocktails & Spirits Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.
 

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RECIPES: Last Chance Easy Holiday Recipes

Chocolate Peppermint Pie
Who can resist Chocolate Peppermint Pie?
  Still searching for that special recipe for Christmas or New Year’s Eve?
– Turn your cheese tray into a Cheese Christmas Tree.
– Serve this crowd-pleasing Chocolate Peppermint Pie.
– Entertain the adults with this Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Float—impressive and made in seconds.
– Make elegant Cranberry Poached Pears, served with the delicious new Häagen-Dazs Caramelized Pear and Toasted Pecan Ice Cream.
– Try different egg nogs: Classic Rum Egg Nog, Chocolate Egg Nog, Coconut Egg Nog and Diet Egg Nog.
– For seasonal cocktails, we recommend a Cranberry Mojito and a Pomegranate Martini.



Find more recipes in THE NIBBLE online magazine. Go to Main Reviews, pick the food category of your interest, and check for recipes.

 

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FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Peppermint Patties

Chocolate Peppermint Patties
These are from the Wisconsin Cheeseman, but your own homemade peppermint patties will be a much bigger hit.
  If you love peppermint patties, making them at home is easy. Combine 1 pound confectioner’s sugar, 3 tablespoons softened butter, 3 teaspoons peppermint extract and 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract. Mix in 1/4 cup evaporated milk. Roll into 1-inch balls, place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet and chill for 20 minutes. Next, flatten the balls with the bottom of a glass to 1/4″ thick, so they look like peppermint patties. Now prepare the chocolate coating in a double boiler: 12 ounces of good-quality semisweet chocolate (you can use chocolate morsels, but the key is to get the best-tasting chocolate you can find, like Guittard or Valrhona) with 2 tablespoons shortening (not butter, or it won’t cling to the center). Dip the patties and place them back onto the waxed paper to harden.
If you want to go all-out, you can decorate the tops of the patties with candied mint leaves: Dip tiny leaves or cut pieces of leaf and crystallize in sugar syrup. The recipe makes about 5 dozen peppermint patties. Be sure to make extra for friends and family—these are so good, you’ll want to eat the whole batch. If you want to let others make the candy, take a look at the Candy Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.

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RECIPE: Coconut Egg Nog

Want to mix up a little something special? How about coconut egg nog? It’s a basic rum egg nog recipe plus coconut milk or cream—the type used to make piña coladas. See the coconut egg nog recipe and find other holiday cocktail recipes in the Cocktails & Spirits section of THE NIBBLE online magazine (there’s regular egg nog, chocolate egg nog, and [in our Diet Nibbles section] diet egg nog). You can find general holiday recipes in the December issue of THE NIBBLE.   Egg Nog
Coconut and rum: “tropical” egg nog.
 

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TIP OF THE DAY: Crushed Peppermint Magic

Crush a package of red spiral peppermints with a rolling pin between waxed paper. Keep them in an airtight jar. Then, use them to apply a touch of holiday flavor to ice cream, the rims of hot chocolate mugs, cupcake icing, other desserts, vanilla yogurt…whatever strikes your fancy (use a pinch to garnish to any dessert plate). It’s as if the Good Peppermint Fairy touched her wand to make things a bit more special. Peppermint bark is crushed peppermint added to chocolate bars. Read about our favorite peppermint bark from Enstrom’s—peppermint plus semisweet and white chocolate and chocolate cookies!   Peppermint Candy
Crush me! Use me!
 

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