TIP OF THE DAY: Honor The Cranberry With Cranberry Drinks

Cranberries are a group of low, creeping evergreen dwarf shrubs or trailing vines, that grow in acidic bogs in the cooler regions of the U.S. and Canada. The plants belong to the heather family, Ericaceae, along with the bilberry, blueberry, huckleberry, azalea and other rhododendrons. NAMING THE BERRY Native American tribes from New England Pequod…
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TIP OF THE DAY: For A Twist, Substitute Saké For Wine

Summer saké punch with strawberries andcucumber: delicious! Photo courtesyGeikkekan.   For warm weather entertaining—like Father’s Day—serve something different and unexpected. Party drinks like sangria and punch are popular, affordable and easy to make. For a fun fusion, make them with saké. Saké, which many people think of as rice wine (we’ll skip the technicalities for…
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RECIPE: Christmas Sangria

Still looking for a smashing holiday drink? Get out the punch bowl or the pitcher and fill it with Christmas sangria. That’s pomegranate sangria with red and green apple slices, plus citrus. Get the recipe.   More tips: Freeze “Sangria ice cubes” so you can chill the drink without diluting it. Leave out the alcohol…
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RECIPE: Blooming Tea Punch

We couldn’t stop drinking this fruity tea punch with tequila and vodka. It’s a refreshing way to entertain guests in the hot weather. It’s also beautiful to look at. The tea is brewed with “blooming tea” (also called flowering tea and presentation tea). The beautiful “flowers” made of tea leaves and actual flower petals add…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Pomegranate Sangria

Make pomegranate sangria for your guests. Photo courtesy Pom Wonderful. There’s nothing more festive than a holiday punch bowl. Historically, Christmas meant gathering around the wassail bowl for good cheer. “Wassail” is Middle English contraction of the toast, wæs hæil, “be healthy.” Medieval wassail was a mulled beer or mead, heated and topped with slices…
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