We can’t think of a better way to toast the new year than with a delicious cookie cocktail—your favorite cookie flavors in grownup liquid form. Explore these six delicious, decadent cocktails and raise a glass to having your cookie and your cocktail too. (Follow links to original recipes.) Cheers!
3 oz. half and half
1 oz. RumChata
1 oz. Vanilla Vodka (such as Absolut Vanilla)
½ tsp powdered sugar
Dip the rim of each martini glass into honey and then the cinnamon sugar. In a cocktail shaker, pour half and half, RumChata, Vanilla vodka, powdered sugar and cinnamon over ice. Shake until chilled and mixed well. Divide evenly among cinnamon sugar rimmed martini glasses and enjoy!
2 oz spiced rum
a pinch each of ground nutmeg and cloves
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon organic unsulphured blackstrap Molasses
1 tablespoon maple syrup, honey or other liquid sweetener
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (optional)
Cinnamon sugar (for the rim)
Add the rum, spices, molasses, maple syrup and freshly grated ginger to a shaker with 2 ice cubes. Shake it really really well. For the sugared rim, combine the ingredients in a small plate. Dip the rim of a glass in water, then in the spiced sugar mixture. Give the shaker another shake and strain into the sugar rimmed cup, add two cubes of ice and top with ginger beer. Give a quick stir and enjoy.
1 oz vanilla vodka
1 oz amaretto
2 oz Frosted Sugar Cookie or Vanilla International Delight Coffee Creamer
Place ice in a martini shaker, along with all ingredients. Shake and strain into prepared glass. Serve immediately.
6. Liquid Oreo Cocktail
1 1/2 oz vodka (3 tablespoons)
1 1/2 oz Kahlua (3 tablespoons)
1 1/2 oz white creme de cacao (3 tablespoons)
1 1/2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream (3 tablespoons)
2 Oreo cookies, for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes. Add the vodka, Kahlua, creme de cacao and Baileys and shake well. Strain into 2 martini glasses. Slip an Oreo onto the side of each glass.
After working up an appetite from an unwrapping frenzy, you’ll need some sustenance on Christmas morning. We’ve gathered six mouth-watering make-ahead casseroles that will feel like a gift themselves: three savory recipes and three sweet for a decadent, delicious meal. Prepare your favorite the night before, and pop it in the oven Christmas morning. Breakfast practically takes care of itself!
Follow the links to the recipes.
If you’re staying with friends or family for the holidays, or simply headed to a holiday party, we’ve got a list of home-run hostess gift ideas to express your gratitude and keep those invitations coming for years to come. A hostess gift doesn’t have to be lavish or complicated, but it should be thoughtful. Here are five gifts that every host will appreciate.
1. Take out containers for doggy bags. Stock up on a range of to-go containers from a restaurant supply store and gift them to your host. When the party is over, she can send guests home with easy, attractive doggy bags without raiding her own supply of dishes.
2. A fresh, new apron. Immediately useful and appreciated, an apron is an ideal hostess gift. And if you offer to put it on and help in the kitchen, even better!
3. Fresh flowers. You can never go wrong with a beautiful, neutral bouquet. (Be sure to provide a vase so that your host doesn’t have to figure out or arrange the display.)
4. Coasters. Easy and thoughtful, coasters are a great hostess gift because they can be put to use right away to protect the host’s furniture. Cork coasters are safe and absorbent and affordable. Add a personalized touch with some simple paint.
5. Relaxation. Nobody needs moments of relaxation like a host after the party. Whether it’s a spa certificate (if you’re staying a week in somebody’s house), a jar of bath salts, or a lavender-scented candle, your host will appreciate a few moments zen when the party is over.
The Brownie Lover. Who can blame their devotion to rich, fudge-y chocolate? Nobody. So, for the holidays, indulge it. Embrace it. Give those brownie lovers what they really, really want: all things brownies. And just in case you need a head start, we’ve put together the ultimate guide:
It’s that time of year when festivity trumps electrical efficiency and people go all out with their holiday lighting. From gaudy to gorgeous, from front yards to public spaces, we’ve gathered some of the best and brightest offerings from around the world wide web. Curl up with a cookie and a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy the parade…
Now it’s your turn! Submit your favorite holiday light displays in our comments section or on our Facebook page with hashtag #HolidayLightTour.