Wednesday, December 01, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge: Day 9

When I think of food/drink at the holidays I think of the hot drinks - I love hot ciders or wassail!! They just make you feel all warm & cozy - even though in Texas it isn't exactly all snowy outside!
Here is one good recipe - there are tons out there and I'm sure you have your own (share it if it isn't a family secret!!)...


  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 7 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 2 (20 ounce) cans pineapple juice
  • 6 fluid ounces frozen concentrated fruit punch
  • 1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine the cranberry juice, sugar and water. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Place the cinnamon, allspice and clove into a cheesecloth bag and tie shut. Add to the liquid and simmer 20 minutes.
  3. Remove spice bag. Just before serving, add fruit juices. Serve steaming hot.

Another drink recipe that I love (mother made this one year when we had a huge Christmas b'fast at her house) - this is soooo yummy - Orange Julius - this is a really quick & easy recipe, too and it is super good!!



  • 6 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 cup milk, lowfat okay
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 ice cubes 


Combine all ingredients, except the ice, in the blender - blend 1 to 2 minutes adding ice cubes one at a time. Continue to blend until smooth.
To spice this drink up you can add a little champagne to make a variation of a Mimosa!! Mmmm!!!!

Day 1: Christmas/Holiday traditions
Day 2: Black Friday/General Shopping Tips & Tricks
Day 3: Most meaningful gift/best gift you've received
Day 4: Tips/Tricks to a Budget Friendly holiday season
Day 5: Favorite Holiday Movie/TV Show Special
Day 6: Gift ideas (what do YOU want? We all have family/friends reading our let them know!)
Day 7: Holiday Craft/DIY  (If you don't make anything, what do you WISH you could make?)
Day 8: Least favorite thing about the Holidays
Day 9: Favorite Holiday recipe
Day 10: Favorite Christmas Songs/Caroles
Day 11: New Year Resolutions
Day 12: Show us your decorations (indoor/outdoor)
Day 13: Favorite Cookie Recipe
Day 14: Oprah's Favorite


  1. YUMMY! Just printed these can not wait to try!! Thanks for sharing :)!!

  2. I can't wait to try the orange julius recipe, sounds SOO good! Those used to be one of my favorite drinks as a kiddo :) And who doesn't love hot cider?! SO good!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Orange julius are soo good! Love them!

  4. I love hot cider! I'll have to try this recipe.

    I'm way up in Amarillo, Texas but we actually do get snow! I love it when I don't have to get out in it!

  5. I LOVE WASSAIL!!!!!! It is my favorite holiday drink!


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