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Ice Holiday Punch

6 oz package cherry gelatin

3/4 cup sugar

2 cups boiling water

46 oz can pineapple juice

6 cups cold water

2 liters ginger ale, chilled

In a 4 quart freezer-proof container, dissolve gelatin and sugar in boiling water. Stir in pineapple juice and cold water. Cover and freeze overnight. Remove from the freezer 2 hours before serving. Place in a punch bowl; stir in ginger ale just before serving.


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Spiced Somalian Tea

Serves 6.

1 tsp ground cinnamon

seeds from 8 whole cardamom pods

6 cloves

2 peppercorns

1.5 liters (2.5 pints) cold water

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp grated nutmeg

3 oz dark muscovado sugar (the unrefined, brown, coarse sugar)

a pinch of leaf tea

Grind together cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and peppercorns.  Place water in a pan and add spices, ginger and nutmeg, and bring to a boil. When water is boiling, gradually stir in sugar until dissolved. Remove from heat and add the tea. Cover and allow to stand 5 minutes. Strain liquid into a jug and serve.

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Five Fruity Cocktails

Strawberry Sucker

ice cubes

1 oz. vodka (2 T)

2 oz strawberry schnapps (4 T)

club soda

1 strawberry, halved

Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add the vodka and schnapps and top with club soda. Garnish with the strawberry.

Purple Flower

Swap the schnapps for Chambord.  Swap the strawberry for 2 fresh raspberries.

French Blue

Swap the Chambord for Hpnotiq. Swap the raspberries for 1/2 pineapple slice.

Lemon Wedge

Swap the Hpnotiq for Limoncello. Swap the pineapple for 1 lemon twist.

Orange Kiss

Swap the Limoncello for Cointreau.  Swap the lemon twist for 1 orange slice.

(Rachael Ray)

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Banana-Oat Smoothie

Sounds like another good breakfast after a morning run. (Martha Stewart)

In a blender, combine 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 1 banana cut into thirds, 1/2 cup skim milk, 2 tsp honey, & 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon.  Puree until smooth.  Serve immediately.  Serves one.

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Orange-Vanilla Milkshakes

This was submitted to a Martha Stewart magazine from Barbara Lucas Olaguero.

6 oz can frozen orange juice concentrate

1/2 cup whole milk

1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 cup ice cubes

In a blender, combine orange juice concentrate, milk, sugar, vanilla, 1/2 cup water, & ice cubes.  Puree until smooth.  Serve immediately.

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4 Spiked Punches plus 5 Big-Batch Tips

I got all of this from a page torn out of a Rachael Ray magazine to whom Kristen Wolfe Bieler is given credit.  Have yet to try any! (As of yet, we’ve only made kid-friendly punches.)

Spiked Pink Lemonade

1 bottle (750 ml) vodka or gin

5 cups lemonade

2 cups cranberry juice

3 cups ginger ale

Pineapple Punch

1 bottle (750 ml) light rum

5, 20 oz cans crushed pineapple in juice, pureed

juice of 6 lemons

8 cups seltzer or water

Ginger Margaritas

1 bottle (750 ml) tequila

1 cup Cointreau

6 oz limeade concentrate

4 cups ginger ale

Orange Sparklers

1 bottle (750 ml) sparkling white wine

1.5 cups orange juice

1 cup pomegranate juice

juice of 2 limes

Big-Batch Blending Tips:

1. Be Cheap: Fruity cocktails aren’t the place for top-shelf liquor. Buy low-end bottles and save the good stuff for sipping.

2. Freeze: Fill a 9″ round baking pan with lemonade or limeade and some lemon or lime slices and freeze to float in the punch bowl.

3. Start Cold: Chill all your ingredients thoroughly before making.

4. Save the Fizz: Add bubbly ingredients just before serving.

5. Set the Bar: Place cups and ice buckets near the ice bowl, along with garnishes like lemon & lime slices, berries and fresh mint.

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Our All-time Favorite Margarita

Mike does a fantastic job making these, but he makes mine weaker than the recipe calls for.

Topolo Margarita (from

Makes about 3 cups or 6 servings

3/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 large limes)

6 Tbls sugar

1 cup plus 2 Tbls blanco tequila

1/4 cup Gran Torres orange liqueur

lime wedges

coarse salt

about 1.5 cups small (or coarsely broken) ice cubes

Make limeade: Combine the lime juice, sugar, and 1 cup of water in a glass.  If not using right away, cover & refrigerate up to 24 hours.

Add the tequila & orange liqueur to the pitcher of limeade.  Rub the rims of 6 margarita glasses with a lime wedge then dip in a dish of coarse salt.  In a large shaker, combine half of the margarita mixture with half of the ice & shake for 10-15 seconds.  Strain into prepared glasses. Repeat with the remaining mixture.


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