The activity of the season is to eat, drink and be merry toasting the season with glad tidings and new beginnings.
When I was growing up, every weekend in December I remember family and friends would stop by just after breakfast and come and go throughout the day. It was always fun. My mom had the coffee urn ready and she would set out a few cordials to go with the fresh fruit and homemade sweet treats.
Today our family tradition is a bit less hectic as family and friends are now in distant cities. As we celebrate with new friends and neighbors I set up a side table with a sampling of fresh fruits, fresh baked cookies and sweets. I make fresh coffee and tea when someone stops by and then I make what I call ‘family friendly’ holiday cocktails. These are perfect for everyone at any age and can be served with breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner and anytime in between.
Let’s get the season started. These ‘cocktails’ are easy to make on the spot. The recipes are flexible so that you can substitute some of the ingredients with your preferences. Now that’s EASY!
You might already have these ingredients. If not, you can stock up in advance with the ingredients you prefer so you are ready to make your cocktails when the mood strikes.
You will need at least one each of a fruit juice, sparkling soda/water/ginger ale, fresh fruits, lemons and oranges for serving of 4.
- cranberry juice
- apple juice
- orange juice
- flavored club soda (orange, cherry, raspberry, lime, etc. your choice)
- sparkling water, club soda, ginger ale (your choice)
- pint of fresh raspberries and/or strawberries or frozen if fresh is not available
- fresh orange, sliced
- fresh anjou pears, sliced
- grenadine or pomegranate juice
- fresh lemon, sliced
And There’s More . . . If you are hosting an adult holiday gathering or party you can always use a sparkling wine as a substitute for the club soda and then add a splash of fruit liquor for extra flavor.