Refresh Your Holidays Cocktails with a Peppermint Martini

Okay, I am calling the peppermint martini a holiday cocktail, but I have been known to sip on this even in the summer. The cool minty flavor tastes really good when it’s really hot out, as well as keeping you warm when it’s frigid outside. (Can we say negative windchill temps today as I am writing this? *cry*) And of course you can make it super festive with a crushed candy cane rim. (Remember to stock up at all of those after-Christmas sales!)

Yield: 1 cocktail
Time to Prepare: 10 minutes

Peppermint Martini Recipe Ingredients:

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Cranberry Mimosa Cocktails for the Holidays

The fall and winter holiday season is a great time to take your cocktails to the next level. Mimosas are a particular brunch favorite, be it the holidays or other special occasion. Technically a mimosa has to be have some kind of a citrus-based juice with the sparkling wine or champagne. We’re going to fudge the definition a bit with cranberry mimosa recipes. Bars, restaurants, and even your kitchen often already have cranberry juice on hand anyway. Each mimosa cocktail here uses cranberry in some fashion. Which one piques your interest?

How to Make Mimosas – Cranberry Style

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Feeling Festive with a Cranberry Margarita

If you know anything about me, you know that I love my margaritas. I’m a sucker for the traditional one (made with lime juice, not necessarily sweet and sour mix). However, I am always game to try some new flavors. Now that it is the Christmas season, I have to go for a cranberry margarita.

This recipe is designed for one serving, but you can easily adapt it to make extras to share, or even an entire pitcher of cranberry margaritas for holiday fun. It only takes a few minutes to prepare! And honestly, the garnish is going to take up the most time. Continue reading “Feeling Festive with a Cranberry Margarita”

September Food Holiday Observances

Are you looking for some inspiration in the kitchen? Looking for some food prep or units to do in the classroom or for homeschooling? I have collected the September food holiday observances from around the web to give you some inspiration. If I have a particular collection put together, it is already linked, with more to come. Please share some of your favorite recipe collections in the comments! Also be sure to check out my Pinterest boards of Recipes to Try and Montessori Food Prep Activities for even more ideas.

September Food Holiday Monthly Observances

September is Better Breakfast Month. Who isn’t always in search of a tasty new breakfast idea? A couple of my favorites I have shared in the past include Pound Cake French Toast and the Maple Bacon Donut. And of course, a fancy breakfast just isn’t the same without mimosas. I love mimosas.

It’s also Honey Month. Honey has so many uses and is so good for you. Same with papaya, as it is National Papaya Month.

September is also National Chicken Month, which makes me happy, because I love chicken. And then you have to have the accompanying mashed potatoes, because it is National Potato Month. And I guess if potatoes aren’t your thing, then you can just enjoy National Rice Month. And then you can add in your Whole Grains Month celebrations and top it all off with National Mushroom Month.

Harvest season means an abundance of fruits and vegetables, so of course we celebrate Fruits and Veggies: More Matters. Keep your focus on health with Family Meals Month, Hunger Action Month, National Food  Safety Month, Food Allergy Awareness Month, and Childhood Obesity Month observances.

Finally, it is National Blueberry Popsicle Month. Did you know that was even a thing? There are all kinds of recipes out there. Check out the post I did over at My Crafty Life for 20 of them.

But my favorite September food holiday observances would have to be California Wine Month and National Bourbon Month.  😀

September Food Holiday Weekly Observances

First Week in September – Celebrate National Waffle Week! Because it’s also chicken month, you should check out my favorite Chicken and Waffles.

Second Week in September –  It’s Biscuit and Gravy Week and Vegetarian Awareness Week.

Fourth Week in September – National Wild Rice Week

September Food Holiday Daily Observances

You can find at least one food to celebrate each day in September. Which ones are you looking forward to?

September 1 – National Cherry Popover Day

September 1 – National Gyro Day

September 2 – National “Grits for Breakfast” Day

September 2 – National Blueberry Popsicle Day (Whether it is a monthly observance or a daily observance depends on the source.)

September 2 – International Bacon Day (The date changes yearly, as it falls on the Saturday before Labor Day.)

September 3 – National Welsh Rarebit Day

September 3 – National Baby Back Ribs Day

September 4 – National Macadamia Nut Day

September 5 – National Cheese Pizza Day

September 6 – National Coffee Ice Cream Day

September 7 – National Salami Day

September 7  – National Acorn Squash Day

September 8  – National Beer Lover’s Day

September 8 – National Date Nut Bread Day

September 9 – National “I Love Food” Day

September 9 – Wiener Schnitzel Day

September 10 – National Hot Dog Day – Try traditional Ballpark Hot Dogs with Grilled Onions and Peppers. Or for something different, go for Hot Dog Stuffed Pitas. 

September 10 – TV Dinner Day

September 11 –  National Hot Cross Bun Day

September 12 – National Chocolate Milkshake Day

September 13 – Fortune Cookie Day

September 13 – National Peanut Day

September 13 – Snack a Pickle Time

September 14 – National Cream-Filled Donut Day

September 14 – Eat a Hoagie Day

September 15 – National Double Cheeseburger Day

September 15 –  National Creme de Menthe Day

September 15 – National Linguine Day

September 16 – National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day

September 16 – National Guacamole Day – Looking for a lighter version of this tasty treat? This Light Guacamole Dip mixes it with cottage cheese for a different flavor and fewer calories.

September 16 – Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day

September 16 – International Eat an Apple Day

September 17 – National Apple Dumpling Day

September 17 – National Monte Cristo Day

September 18 – National Cheeseburger Day

September 19 – National Butterscotch Pudding Day

September 20 – National Pepperoni Pizza Day

September 20 – National Punch Day/National Rum Punch Day

September 21 – National Pecan Cookie Day

September 21 –  International Banana Festival

September 22 – National Ice Cream Cone Day

September 23 – National White Chocolate Day

September 23 – National Great American Pot Pie Day

September 24 – National Cherries Jubilee Day

September 25 – National Lobster Day

September 25  – National Food Service Workers Day

September 25 – Crab Meat Newburg Day

September 26 – National Key Lime Pie Day

September 26 – National Pancake Day

September 27 – National Chocolate Milk Day

September 27 –  National Corned Beef Day

September 28 – National Strawberry Cream Pie Day

September 28  – National Drink Beer Day

September 29 –  National Coffee Day

September 29 – National Mocha Day

September 30 – National Mulled Cider Day

So which holidays are you looking forward to celebrating the most this September? Let us know in the comments below!



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12 Valentine’s Day Cocktails

So many of us like to celebrate the Valentine’s Day holiday with our loved ones and a special cocktail or two. The holiday is a great time to try out something new. Here are a few fun new ones to try out.

Martini Inspired Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Whether it’s actually a martini or a drink that is served in a  martini glass, all of these vodka-based cocktails are fruity and flavorful and of course properly colored for your Valentine’s Day celebration.

Love Potion Number 9 Martini – Love berries? The Cookie Rookie has a Triple Berry Martini made from Chambord (black raspberry liqueur), strawberry vodka, and pomegranate juice. Garnish with heart-shaped strawberries. She even tells you how to safely use dry ice, to give it that truly smoky potion appearance.

White Chocolate Cranberry Pink Martinis – The name of the game is pink on Valentine’s Day, and I do love white chocolate. I have never tried it with cranberries, but am sure the two would balance each other nicely. 3 Yummy Tummies makes it with whipped cream vodka, Godiva white chocolate liqueur, and cranberry juice with a touch of grenadine.

Tickled Pink Valentine’s Day Cocktail – Use sugar-free raspberry preserves mixed with vodka and poured over Prosecco for this cocktail by Style Estate.

French Kiss Martini – The name is perfect for Valentine’s Day. This is simply vodka, raspberry liqueur, and pineapple juice. I would likely make it stronger than Confessions of a Cooking Diva makes it, but I like stronger drinks. She also said that she has tried it with gin, which I think would also be interesting.

Champagne Based Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Raspberry Pink Champagne Floats – I love champagne. I love all of the different flavors and creations you can make with it. Serve some up as a dessert this Valentine’s Day. The Cookie Rookie pours pink champagne over raspberry sorbet.

Sparkling Strawberry Float – A similar idea comes from Five Heart Home, with prosecco poured over strawberry sorbet. You can also make it as a mocktail.

Strawberry-Peach Moscato Mimosa– Try mixing up flavored sparkling wines with your orange juice and garnish with a heart-shaped strawberry, like my mimosa recipe. I also have collections of grapefruit mimosasvariations on orange juice mimosas, or even a pomegranate mimosa, which can be used to kick off any romantic day.

Bailey’s Valentine’s Day Cocktails

If you know me at all, you know that I have a serious thing for Bailey’s and all cocktails made with it. Here are a couple of gems for Valentine’s Day.

Bailey’s Cool Raspberry – Take your simple Bailey’s over ice, but pour it over middle raspberries, instead, for a lovely flavor, as shared on the Bailey’s website.

Chocolate Pomegranate Martini– Make your Bailey’s into a martini by pouring it over pomegranate juice in a glass dipped in chocolate. I am drooling.

Strawberry Blow Job Shot – I’m not even going to explain to you how this particular tasty shot could be a lot of fun to enjoy on Valentine’s Day. I will tell you that it is layers of grenadine, Kahlua, and then Bailey’s, topped with whipped cream. You can read the list on the Facebook page for Tipsy Bartender or watch the video on YouTube.

Valentine’s Mudslide – Oh how I love the mudslide, though I must admit in my “old age,” I can’t handle always including the ice cream. (According to my bartenders, you can still call it a mudslide even without the ice cream in it.) Amanda’s Cookin’ gives it a holiday twist by blending fresh strawberries with the Bailey’s before topping with the Kahlua and vodka.

Creamy Kiss – This one from Drinks Mixer layers amaretto, Bailey’s, peach schnapps, and cream before gently stirring.

Want even more Valentine’s Day Cocktails to try? I have a collection of 10 recipes from last year. You can also check out this dozen over on the parent site at My Crafty Life.