A festive hot toddy this holiday
Just a couple more days and the holiday season will be in full swing. We’ve offered up some ideas for interesting menu ideas but what do you do about beverages?
The hot toddy is a tradition that goes quite a way back, and is defined basically as a mixed drink that is served warm (alcohol is optional). This would be a great way to add some warmth and cheer to your holiday party. There are many versions out there: mulled wine, spiced cider…but if you want to make a visual splash, give this idea a try:
Get out that old, rarely-used fondue pot out of the cupboard, and dust it off. Make a batch of Cherry Pomegranate Mulled Cider (see below). Fill the fondue pot and then light the burner, and put the flame as low as it will go, just to keep your punch warm. Then take a bag of fresh cranberries and drop about a cup full into the punch bowl. The beautiful, red and festive looking berries will float on top, adding a special look to your beverage. Since most fondue pots are not that large you will likely have to refill it from time to time.
Cherry Pomegranate Mulled Cider Recipe
What You Need:
- 4 cups water
- 2 pkt. (3.1 g each) Crystal Light Singles Cherry Pomegranate Low Calorie Drink Mix
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 8 whole cloves
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
COOK all ingredients in saucepan on low heat 20 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally. (Do not boil.)
REMOVE cinnamon sticks and cloves; discard.
NOTE it wouldn’t hurt to have some dried cinnamon sticks in a mug beside your punch so you can put one in each guest’s glass when serving them a drink.
Do you have any special holiday drink recipes you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear from you.