Two TV shows with fervent fan bases — Duck Dynasty and Downton Abbey — recently released tie-in lines of wine. The question is, are they worth trying or are they at best destined for a white elephant gift exchange? While one line was quaffable (though not outright fabulous), the other was barely passable. Can you guess which? Keep reading to find out which to sip and which to skip.
The holiday is a time for festive lights, edible gifts, seasonal music, and, of course, fabulous parties. This time of year, it's impossible to know who may stop by my apartment on the way home from Christmas shopping or before a spirited Saturday on the town, so have the provisions on hand to throw together a quick, snackable spread. Here are 10 ingredients essential to hosting an impromptu evening of holiday entertaining.
When it comes to entertaining over the holidays, the key is keeping things simple and delicious. The best way to do that? By serving memorable one-bite finger foods. We're talking appetizers and desserts that pack plenty of flavor but require no utensils and no cleanup. Ahead, check out 25 of our favorite recipes that pair perfectly with bubbly, of course.
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.
When it's completely frigid outside, nothing is more inviting to guests than entering a heated home filled with the scent of mulled wine. Possibly easier to pull together than any punch, mulled wine consists of apple cider, spices, red wine, orange peel and juice, and . . . this particular recipe calls for a secret ingredient.
With its bright red color, there is a common misconception that grenadine, the syrup used to flavor many cocktails, is made with cherries. The thick, sweet liquid is actually made with pomegranate juice (the word grenadine is derived from the French word for pomegranate, grenade).
When I realized that the sweetener was very simple to make, I decided to whip up a batch and present it to my sister, who enjoys the occasional "cherry" coke. Homemade grenadine is a great hostess gift, especially for someone who is into mixing cocktails or who has a penchant for Shirley Temples. To look at the incredibly easy recipe, read more
1 quart pomegranate juice
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/8 teaspoon orange-flower water
- In a medium saucepan, simmer the pomegranate juice over moderate heat until reduced by half (the total volume should be 2 cups).
- Add the sugar and the orange-flower water, and stir until dissolved.
- Let cool, transfer to an airtight container, and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.
- Drinks, Other
- 2 cups
Whether you're hosting a casual game-day viewing party, a ritzy cocktail party, or something in between, we have an appetizer to match. Keep reading for our favorite party bites from mini twice-baked potatoes to zesty quick-pickled vegetables (and many more).
Bone-chilling, wet weather calls for beverages that shake off the chills like this hot toddy, made with bourbon and sweetened with honey and brown sugar.
Many swear by its cold-healing capabilities. Whether or not that's true, the warming spices, zesty lemon, and sweet flavor surely ease the symptoms.
The holidays are a time to celebrate, and what better way to make merry than with a festive cocktail in hand? Whether you're busy whipping up edible gifts, exhausted from all that shopping, or hosting your own amazing holiday party, here are several wonderful wintry cocktails to help you get into the spirit. Cheers to the season!