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Cranberry Mimosas

With our Canadian Thanksgiving approaching fast and our Turducken happily defrosting in the fridge I am in full meal planning mode. As I scour my recipe books I find a recipe I’ve made before for my nieces (I used to invite my older nieces over for supper regularly…a nice way to visit and try new recipes). While I wasn’t looking for a beverage recipe this one is flagged as delicious and a lovely pre-dinner drink! Fantastic! I am adding a champagne cocktail to the menu!

Adapted from ATCO Blue Flame

Cranberry Mimosas
1 cup cranberry cocktail, chilled
1/4 cup orange liqueur
1 bottle champagne, chilled

Combine cranberry cocktail and orange liqueur in a large pitcher. Gently pour champagne into the mixture and serve immediately. Adding some fresh cranberry’s to each individual glass and/or a sprig of mint will add a lovely festive touch! Serves 6-8

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Hailey’s Lemonade

Hailey is the lemonade maker in our family and as such this is her recipe.  A delish drink on a hot summer day!

Hailey’s Lemonade

2 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
4 large lemons

Give each lemon a roll/press to help release the juices. Half and juice them.

Combine water & sugar in saucepan bringing to a boil over high heat. Stir until sugar is disolved.

Remove syrup from heat and stir in lemon juice. Set aside to cool. This is your lemonade syrup and it can be stored in the fridge (covered container) for up to one week.

To make Hailey’s Lemonade: in a glass add as much ice as you like, 1/4 cup of the lemonade syrup and fill with water or club soda.

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I make smoothies quite regularly as the kids love them. And they are so easy to make. I always start with the basics, banana & orange juice. After that you can add anything you like to make it yumo delicious!

My version goes like this…..

Mango & Strawberry Smoothie

1 cup – orange juice
1 – banana, peeled
1 cup – frozen mango
1 cup – fresh strawberries, sliced

Add it all into your blender and blend away until combined. Pour into your favourite cup/glass, add a fun straw and you are all set!

In addition to the basics you can add in yogurt, sherbet, ice cream and/or any combination of fruit you like. More often than not I have a frozen berry blend in the freezer and use it to make my smoothies but experiment, the combinations are endless and delicious!!

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Witches’ Brew

This needs to be served in clear glasses or clear plastic cups to give the full effect! It’s Tasty!

Witches’ Brew

1 quart – lime sherbet, slightly softened
1 can – frozen limeade, thawed
1 bottle – gingerale (1 litre size)
Serve immediately!

Gummy Worm candies, for decoration
Lime slices, for decoration

In punch bowl or juice jug mix sherbet, limeade and gingerale.

Pour into glasses. Garnish each glass with lime and worms. Note: the sherbet will float to the top, so stir the punch before pouring.

You can also make this recipe with orange sherbet and orange juice. Enjoy!

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This started out as baby food and grew from there. While it is still baby food, you can add yogurt and/or banana to it for a thick smoothie….or drink it as is. You can also pour it into popsicle molds for a cool summer treat (Hailey loves homemade popsicles!). It is also delicious mixed in with plain yogurt, oatmeal or over ice cream!

Watermelon Refresher

2 cups – diced watermelon
1/2 cup – cut up peeled kiwi (approximately 1)
1/2 cup – sliced strawberries
1 tbsp – lime juice

In blender combine everything and puree until smooth. You can add more strawberries for more of a berry taste or more watermelon will make it taste more like melon. I usually have to double the recipe to make enough to last!

So I said to myself, self why not take this one step further and try it in a martini?!! So I experimented tonight with orange/mandarin vodka and some watermelon refresher and came up with Baker’s Refreshtini or Belizini!! Ya I know it sounds silly but it sure tasted yummy! And although we didn’t have any raspberry vodka…I suspect it would taste equally as tasty!

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Mulled Cider

As the weather gets colder it’s time to make those warm & yummy drinks that keep you all toasty inside! Every Fall/Winter I try to make this when company comes over. The aroma of the cider cooking fills the house and makes it smell lovely all day – another reason I love my crockpot(s)!

Mulled Cider

2 quarts apple cider
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1 orange (unpeeled), sliced
2-4 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon whole cloves

Combine cider, sugar, ginger and orange in a slow cooker. If you want you can tie the cinnamon and cloves together in a small cheesecloth bag and add to the slow cooker….(I don’t bother and just throw everything into the pot to cook together!) Cover and heat on LOW minimum 4 hours to blend flavours. If you’ve used the cheesecloth bag remove it before serving. Serve from slow cooker.

Variation – as I am not always able to find apple cider readily available in the grocery stores….I more often than not will substitute a large bottle or a couple smaller bottles of non alcoholic sparkling apple juice with regular apple juice (tetra pack box). It turns out tasty and just as good!

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Iced Chai

This is both refreshing and delicious on a warm day! You’ll probably need to double the recipe – keeps in the fridge for a day or two (unless of course your me and gobble it all down the first day)!

Iced Chai

4 cups – boiling water
4 – english breakfast tea bags
1 – cup milk
3 – tbsp honey
1 stick – cinnamon
1 tsp – vanilla
1 piece – fresh ginger, thinly sliced (approx. 1 inch)

Combine tea bags, ginger, cinnamon and honey in a tea pot (or other similar container). Add boiling water and let stand 10 minutes. Remove tea bags; chill tea in refrigerator. Strain tea into serving pitcher. Stir in milk and vanilla. Serve in tall glasses over ice.

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