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MAKES 8 SERVINGS 8 cups Bloody Mary Mix (spicy or not, as preferred) 1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground cloves Whole cinnamon sticks for garnish Vodka (Optional) Combine mix with Worchestershire sauce, cinnamon and cloves in a saucepan and simmer 20 minutes. Serve warm in mugs with cinnamon sticks and let guests add vodka if they wish. Judith Dunbar Hines … ]]> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 06:04:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ CHAI EGGNOG ]]> Lead story image

MAKES 4 SERVINGS Start to finish: 2 hours 35 minutes (20 minutes active) 2 cups 2 percent milk, divided1 (3 1/2 -inch) stick cinnamon, smashed using the side of a knife 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise10 whole cloves 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns, coarsely crushed 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger4 cardamom pods, crushed (or 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom) Kosher salt 2 large eggs 1/4 cup sugar Brandy or rum, for flavoring (optional) Grated nutmeg In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 11/2 cups of the milk with the cinnamon, vanilla bean, cloves, peppercorns, ginger, cardamom pods and a hefty pinch of salt. … ]]> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 06:08:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ PRICKLY PEAR MARGARITAS ]]>

MAKES 8 SERVINGS ½ cups Jamaica Tequila (below)1 cup fresh lime juice ½ cup orange Curacao or other triple sec 1 cup prickly pear puree (below) ½ cup agave syrup or simple syrup 1 lime wedge Jamaica sugar (below) or granulated sugar In pitcher, combine tequila, lime juice, Curacao, puree and agave. Cover and refrigerate until chilled (about 2 hours). Use lime and Jamaica sugar to crust rims of 8 (6-ounce) martini glasses. Fill cocktail shaker half full with ice and pour in generous 1 cup of margarita mixture. Shake and strain into 2 sugar-crusted glasses; repeat for remaining margaritas. … ]]> Sun, 06 Jan 2013 09:37:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chilly Pear Tree ]]> Lead story image

MAKES 2 SERVINGS 3 canned light   syrup-packed pear halves, cut into chunks and frozen8 ounces pear syrup (from cans) 4 ounces vodka 1 ounce lemon juice Pinch cinnamon Pinch salt 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, to garnish In a blender, combine all ingredients except the rosemary and puree until very smooth. Serve in a cocktail glass. Garnish each glass with a rosemary sprig. J.M. Hirsch Nutrition facts per serving: 250 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 31 g carbohydrates, 0 g protein, 130 mg sodium, 0 g fiber … ]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2012 08:02:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ RUDOLPH’s NOSE ]]> Lead story image

MAKES 1 SERVINGS Ice1 ounce vodka 1/2 ounce triple sec1 ounce cranberry juice 1 ounce cherry juice 2- 3 fresh raspberries Brut Champagne or sparkling wine In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and cherry juice. Shake, then strain into a sparkling wine flute. Drop the raspberries into the glass, then top with Champagne. J.M. Hirsch Nutrition facts per serving: 190 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 12 g carbohydrates, 0 g protein, 10 mg sodium, 0 g fiber … ]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2012 08:02:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ RECIPE: Holiday Soother ]]> Lead story image

MAKES 1 DRINK 2 ounces Scotch whisky1 ounce calvados (apple brandy) 1 ounce apple cider 1 ounce simple syrup or agave syrup Pinch ground cinnamon 1 to 2 ice cubes 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick In cocktail shaker, combine whisky, calvados, cider, simple syrup and ground cinnamon. Shake, then strain into tumbler or stemless wine glass. Serve with cinnamon stick. … ]]> Sat, 17 Dec 2011 08:04:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ RECIPE: Pumpkin Pie Punch ]]> Lead story image

MAKES 11/2 GALLONS (ABOUT 24 CUPS) 1 (15-ounce) can   pumpkin puree1 cup packed dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 gallon apple cider2 liters ginger ale, cold In medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Add apple cider and whisk until smooth and sugar is dissolved. Chill. In large punch bowl, gently stir together cider-pumpkin mixture and ginger ale. Serve with ice. … ]]> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 21:06:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Snap-Pea-Irinha ]]>

MAKES 1 DRINK 1 lime 1/2 cup snap peas1 ounce simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water,   simmered until sugar   dissolves, and cooled) 1 1/2 ounces gin (see Note) Freshly cracked pepper Muddle lime and peas in heavy rocks glass until limes are juicy and peas are crushed. Add simple syrup and gin. Fill with ice (preferably crushed) and stir. Finish with freshly cracked pepper. Note: Try North Shore Distillery for a local gin, Hendrick’s for a cucumbery gin, CapRock for organic or Bombay Sapphire for a classic. Adam Seger, Nacional 27, from The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook by Heather Lalley … ]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 02:16:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ JAVATINI ]]> Lead story image

MAKES 1 SERVING Ice cubes¼ cup espresso, cooled 2 tablespoons any flavor liquid coffee creamer 2 tablespoons vodka 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add cooled espresso, liquid coffee creamer, vodka and liqueur; cover. Shake for 15 seconds. Strain into chilled martini glass. Serving option: Coat rim of martini glass with honey, and then dip rim into grated chocolate. Nestle Nutrition facts per serving: 162 calories, 2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 12 g carbohydrates, 8 g sugars, 0 g protein, 10 mg sodium, 0 g fiber … ]]> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 18:05:10 -0500