I am a heavy proponent of two things at family gatherings:
1) Serving yourself, because the potatoes won’t seem to cook, there are kids running around everywhere, Aunt Terry is discussing conspiracy theories, the potatoes still aren’t done, you can’t remember your third cousin’s name and you don’t know how much longer you can avoid saying it, your dad keeps making inappropriate jokes, DAMMIT POTATOES!, your ex decided to make good on your half-hearted invitation, you burnt the potatoes… and you have neither the time nor the patience to plate everybody’s meals for them.
2) Alcohol. I don’t think I need to further elaborate here.
Truthfully, my family get-togethers aren’t messy like that at all, but no matter how much you love your family and how smoothly everything goes, serving yourself just makes everything easier. As does alcohol. And when you can do both together, like with a huge bowl of Cranberry Punch, magic happens.
So, this punch isn’t actually strong at all, mostly because many members of my family can’t handle much alcohol. However, if your family is made up of booze-chugging aficionados like myse— er… like… well, if you guys would prefer more alcohol, you can always add a bit of your favorite orange or raspberry flavored tipples.
I love that word. Tipples. Gotta use it more often.
This punch would be great for your Thanksgiving feast or upcoming holiday parties. I just keep making it to keep in the fridge because it’s tasty, so you could do that, too. Also, it’s insanely easy to make. Like, the open these bottles, pour, and mix kind of easy, which makes it perfect for this very busy time of year! Check out the recipe below, I’m serious when I say this is pretty much as easy as it gets.
The nights have already become crisp and there’s an unpredictable chill in the air throughout some of these mid-October days, laced with the faint aroma of damp trees and spice. The leaves are just beginning to turn from their subdued green to brilliant reds and golds, reminding us of the fireplace flames that we’ll soon be huddled up by. All of these scenes and smells are amplified by what is undoubtedly the tastiest seasonal flavors– cinnamon and cider, ginger and vanilla, pumpkins and apples and mountains of brown sugar. I’ve found it impossible to resist diving into the season headfirst, so my kitchen has been filled with all of these ingredients for everything from mixing up cakes to mixing up drinks.
“Doughnuts. Is there anything they can’t do?” – Homer Simpson
When I was in kindergarten, my mom and my childhood best friend’s mom would take turns driving us to school every morning (there were no buses that went to our area), and every time Talia’s mom drove, we’d stop to get fresh doughnuts at a local bakery. This was really exciting for me, because although my mom would bring home a doughnut once in a blue moon, I was able to have a special treat every other morning. Also, I was five. Of course doughnuts were the highlight of my day.
But a few years later, both Talia and I switched schools, and there were busses available this time. Sadly (or luckily, depending on how you look at it), this meant no more doughnut morning ritual for us. Doughnuts were once again a special treat that we scarfed down every once in a while, and I began to forget just how good a fresh doughnut could be. But wait! There’s more…
I’m a firm believer that the best things in life are the ones that include a bit of nostalgia and a heavy-handed dose of alcohol. Formal events that remind you of prom, but with an open bar. Bonfires that bring back memories of childhood camping trips, but with spiked hot chocolate to help warm you up inside. Arcade with your favorite old-school games, but with plenty of beer. Adult milkshakes. Can I actually put that one on the list twice? It deserves two spots; say it with me:
If you’ve never had one before, or even if you have, stop whatever you’re doing at this very second and make one. Seriously. But wait! There’s more…
With the Breaking Bad season premiere coming up this Sunday, you probably need something to sip as you and your friends gasp at the TV. If you’re looking for drink inspiration for your premiere party, it’s about time you break out those bottles and get mixing! You don’t need your chemistry set to come up with the perfect blue stuff for you and your guests to enjoy– just follow this easy recipe for Breaking Bad Blue Margaritas (with Blue Salt and Blue Ice Chips) for a cocktail worthy of the one who knocks.