Move over, eggnog: there's a new holiday cocktail in town. At your next holiday fete, we urge you to get into the yuletide spirit with a candy cane cocktail that calls for only three ingredients. To get everyone in the Christmas spirit, we'll show you how to create a candy garnish two ways: a superspeedy method and another that's sure to be the talk of the party. Watch the video to see how it's done, then print out the candy cane cocktail recipe for easy reference.
File this holiday cocktail recipe under "don't knock it till you've tried it." More often than not, when I offer this cocktail to guests, they will refuse it, then take a sip of someone else's and immediately demand one of their own.
Somehow, even though this cocktail is sweet, creamy, and minty, it doesn't taste like candy but instead like a refined and delicious drink. Garnished with a playful peppermint stick, the candy cane cocktail is a great holiday party-starter or an excellent after-dinner drink. I plan on making them at a cocktail party this weekend and I expect my arm will get a good workout. Get the recipe now.
While mints aren't my all-time favorite sweet, I can't imagine the Christmas season without rows of gleaming candy canes at the supermarket. I'm referring to the shiny, red- and white-striped rods — not the fruity, flavored canes that taste like blueberry, cherry, and grape. I've never been a fan of those varieties, which taste sugary and artificial. How do you feel about different-flavored candy canes?
Welcome to the fifth project in my 12 DIYs of Christmas series! I'm a staunch candle enthusiast; no light bulb can ever re-create that ambient atmosphere. From tealights to tapers and pillars to Diptyques, I've got 'em all and I don't discriminate. I also own plenty of candlesticks and votives, but sometimes they just need an extra something something to dress them up. So for the holidays, I thought I'd give my white pillar candles a lift by creating a cuff for them made from candy canes! This year, I've been a bit nontraditional with my Christmas colors, so I went with Spree candy canes and a green polka-dot ribbon. But you can choose any palette you like.
- 2 packs of candy canes
- A good chopping knife
- A cutting board
- Thick double-sided tape (or masking tape)
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While all the adults are sipping cocktails and eating tasty hors d'oeuvres, the kids can have their own soiree if you give them the right tools and space. Close off a room of the house with a sign that says, "For Kids Only!" so they will feel privileged to have a place of their own. Then show them craft projects and games they can play with each other. Here are some ideas:
- Make a candy cane. Using red and white crepe paper, the kids can make candy canes out of each other by having one child hold the loose ends of the crepe paper rolls. The other children can then wrap up that person in a white and red striped pattern. They can take turns being the candy cane.
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If you're a last minute tree trimmer like me, then you have probably entered the race to finish things by Christmas. If you don't feel like digging the ornament boxes out of storage and need to occupy the kids, head to the kitchen and make some edible garlands. Pop some popcorn and grab a couple of bags of cranberries and start stringing! The kids will love sampling the treats and your tree will be decorated in no time. Got a real lil one that isn't interested in the task, hand them a box of wrapped candy canes to hook on the tree. Need instruction? To see how to make an edible garland read more