How many times have you hosted a memorable holiday party and many of the guests have ended up in the kitchen? Think about this when thinking about which areas of your home to feature flowers. If your kitchen has a center island let that be the focus with an arrangement that will not intrude on your prep area. With a beautifully decorated tree in the background, greens and flowers in all the right spots, holiday music playing, fun guests with interesting conversation, a stocked bar (and maybe bartender), delicious hors d’oeuvres, and the perfect party outfit the evening is sure to be a huge success.
Here are some delicious cranberry concoctions from Bon Appetit magazine. For more recipes visit their site, it is chocked full of recipes for your holiday dinner table and parties.
Dissolve 1/2 cup sugar in 1/2 cup water in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 cinnamon stick and 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel; bring to boil. Mix in 1/2 cup cranberries and cook until cranberries begin to pop. Cool; discard cinnamon. Pour mixture into jar; add 1/2 cup light rum. Chill. Strain syrup into pitcher; reserve cranberries. Add 6 tablespoons each dark rum, light rum, cranberry juice, and lemon juice to pitcher. Chill. Serve in Martini glasses that have been filled with crushed ice. Garnish with reserved cranberries.
A spicy spin on the Cosmo: Shake 1/4 cup vodka, 2 tablespoons ginger beer, 1 1/2 tablespoons thawed cranberry juice cocktail concentrate, 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice, and 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a slice of crystallized ginger.
Using a wooden spoon, mash 1 bunch trimmed fresh mint (about 1 cup) with 1/2 sugar in bottom of large pitcher. Add 1 3/4 cups light rum and1 1/4 cups fresh lime juice; stir to dissolve sugar. Mix in 3/4 cup thawed frozen cranberry juice cocktail concentrate and two 10-ounce bottles of chilled sparkling water. Mix in 6 cups ice.