A Fantastic Slippery Slope…

Have you ever had that moment you have to choose up or down? I literally had to choose up or down today. I took my rambunctious son to the local county fair, in my old home town. Just he and I, and I didn’t know I would be doing such choosing but, there I was on the narrow stairs stuck with a flood of little people coming at me. It was go up or fight the flood down. I choose up…

So, the climb started because my kiddo lost his blanket a quarter of the way down for the tall slide. There was no one at the top to help him and I started to think he was going to be stuck. He was panicking a bit.  So, before think how stuck I would be I started up. With no blanket. 

In me middle of the climb, he rushed by me and was coming down the slide. Ha. Luckily, his little friend was coming back up and somehow I convinced her to take me down with her double. Cotton candy, lemonade and purse in tow. I forgot how fun…

IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE! WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?

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Are you ready for delicious, warm libations for this holiday season? It’s always fun to have something special in mind, for friends to try or just something as a new tradition. Here are some fun classic cocktails but, maybe new to you, that are guaranteed to warm the body and spirit. And, make for easy and memorable entertaining. Cheers!

CIDER OLD FASHIONED

1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 orange slice
1/2 teaspoon grenadine syrup
5 dashes Angostura bitters
1 1/2 ounces brandy
1 1/2 ounces apple cider
Ginger ale
Apple slices, brandied cherries, and crystallized ginger, for garnish

1.) Combine brown sugar, orange slice, grenadine, and bitters in an Old Fashioned (or similarly sized) glass. Muddle until brown sugar is mostly dissolved.

2.) Add a handful of ice cubes, then add the brandy and apple cider. Top off with ginger ale. Garnish with an apple slice and/or a skewer of brandied cherries and crystallized ginger if desired.

 

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MAPLE WHISKEY CIDER

5 cups apple cider

2 shots maple flavored whiskey

2 shots apple liqueur

4 cinnamon sticks

1/2 an apple (sliced)

1/2 cup orange juice

Serves 2.

BLACK VELVET

Guinness and Champagne

1 bottle Brut Champange

1 can of Guinness

Fill the bottom of the champagne glass with Guinness slowly with no foam, about half way.

Use a large spoon facing down and slowly fill the rest with a slightly yeasty, sweeter Champagne.

Serves 2-4

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IRISH COFFEE

Heat a stemmed whiskey goblet

Pour in one jigger of Irish Whiskey

3 cubes of sugar

Fill goblet to within 1 inch of brim with instant coffee.

Stir to dissolve sugar

Top with slightly aerated whipped cream, so that the cream floats on top.

IRISH CREAM COFFEE
1 12-oz. wine glass

Preheated Instant Coffee

1-1/2 shot Bailey’s Original Irish Cream

1/4 c. heavy cream  (whipped until stiff peaks form)

Ground cinnamon (optional)
Pour hot coffee into the heated glass

Add the Bailey’s and stir well to blend

Top with a mound of whipped cream

Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.