"Coal in Your Stocking" and Other Festive Drinks for the 12 Days of Christmas

Written by Susan Dunn, The EQ Coach

“Skillfully concocted from an immense variety of colorful spirits and juices, served in unique glassware, and topped with exotic garnishes, a cocktail is meant to be seen as well as consumed.” (www.bardrinks.com) We think ALL Christmas drinks should be festic.

Alcohol has been around a long time, providing both joy and misery. Assuming Smart Choices andrepparttar Emotionally Intelligent use of spirits, we proceed to list 10 fun drinks forrepparttar 116295 holiday season.

Pay attention to your serving ware, and GARNISH for that festive look. Any drink with whipped cream, you can put sprinkles atop, candied fruit, Christmas “picks” drizzle with crème de menthe for color, shaved color chocolate, a Candy kiss atop …

If it’s hot: ·Stick in a cinnamon stick or candy cane ·Dollop with whipped cream and garnish with sprinkles, candy, confectioner’s sugar ·Add a holiday “pick” – there are tons to choose from ·Stick a sparkler in each mug and light at presentation time

If it’s cold: ·Use decorated ice cubes – freeze cranberries, mint leaves, anything festive and NON-POISONOUS intorepparttar 116296 cubes and add at presentation time. (Remember that holly berries and all parts ofrepparttar 116297 mistletoe are poisonous). ·Float sugar-coated cranberries inrepparttar 116298 punch bowl ·Freeze ornaments or fruits or flowers in an ice ring for punch bowl; be creative – anything you can make hygienic-enough

Forrepparttar 116299 traditional eggnog – history, recipes andrepparttar 116300 hazards of egg whites, go here: http://www.indepthinfo.com/eggnog/index.shtml

Whatever you serve, serve it with festive flare, and give it a holiday name!

The First Day of Christmas: CHRISTMAS MINT PUNCH 1 1/2 c Water 10 oz Mint jelly 3 c Pineapple juice; chilled 1/2 c Lemon juice 1 1/2 c Vodka 64 oz Lemon-lime carbonated drink; chilled 1 qt Lime sherbet In small saucepan, combine water and mint jelly; cook and stir until jelly melts. Cool. In large punch bowl, combine jelly mix, juices and vodka. Just before serving, add carbonated beverage and lime sherbet.



2 well-chilled 750-ml. bottles champagne or sparkling cider 1 cup well-chilled cranberry juice cocktail, or to taste 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur, or to taste, if desired

In a large pitcher stir together wellrepparttar 116301 champagne,repparttar 116302 cranberry juice cocktail andrepparttar 116303 Grand Marnier. Makes about 7 cups, serving 8. Source: ourmet, November 1993


1 oz. cointreau 3 oz. cranberry juice 1 oz. lemon juice, 1 ½ oz. Vodka


2 cups Ruby Port 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice 1 cup fresh orange juice 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice Chilled club soda or seltzer water 6 lemon slices for garnish

In a large pitcher stir together wellrepparttar 116304 port andrepparttar 116305 juices. Dividerepparttar 116306 drink among 6 glasses filled with ice cubes. Top offrepparttar 116307 drinks withrepparttar 116308 soda and garnish them withrepparttar 116309 lemon slices. Makes 6 drinks. Source: Gourmet, September 1992

Unique Tin Can Candle Holders

Written by jeremy gauthier

Unique Tin Can Candle Holders

Ah yesrepparttar good old Tin Can. The tin can has been around for years, providing many different projects to be made from tin cans. They are one ofrepparttar 116294 most versatile mediums for crafts, besides wood and foam. Best part about them, they are cheap. Tin cans can be used to make all kinds of candle holders, providing a unique touch to your home or garden. In this article, we will share some ideas on how to make interesting and unique candle holders out of tin cans.

There are two primary size tin cans, soup cans and coffee cans. Both offer a wide variety of different craft ideas. Tin cans can be cut, punched, painted, weathered and modified in multiple ways. They can be set on top of a table or hung out inrepparttar 116295 garden.

Let’s start withrepparttar 116296 basics. Most people will decide to punch holes intorepparttar 116297 can, which isrepparttar 116298 easiest. However you can use any type of cutting tools. A drill is handy, but even better is a Dremel tool. But for those who will be using a hammer or even a drill, let’s start there. Before you start anything, fillrepparttar 116299 can with water and freeze it. This will allow you to punch holes easier, with out bendingrepparttar 116300 can.

It always helps to have some kind of plan or design in your head or on paper. In fact drawingrepparttar 116301 design out on paper allows you to modify it and then tape it aroundrepparttar 116302 tin can as a template. Think about weather or not you may want to paintrepparttar 116303 tin can or weather proof it for outside garden use.

One example of a design is a simple western motif. Download of a silhouette graphic of a dog howling atrepparttar 116304 moon. Withrepparttar 116305 Dremal tool cut outrepparttar 116306 scene onrepparttar 116307 tin can. After painting it black and punching two holes atrepparttar 116308 top, you can hang it in a garden. Simpler designs would include punch out designs such as creating a bunch of tiny wholes to create a night sky effect. Patterns also look great.

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