Make Ahead Cranberry Cocktails for Thanksgiving

Cranberry CocktailsCranberry is one ingredient that will certainly find its way in your Thanksgiving table as a sauce to the traditional turkey. But aside from swamping the turkey with that sweet-tart-savory flavor, you can also boost the holiday cheer by making cranberry your official cocktail this Thanksgiving, if it isn’t yet.

Even those who aren’t a big fan of cranberry find these cocktails a real treat during festive occasions such a Thanksgiving.

Get it All Mixed in Advance: Tangy Cranberry-Black Pepper Shrub Cocktail

Thanksgiving officially marks the long holiday and the start of relatives and friends coming around for reunions or casual visits. At a time like this, who would like to be tied down in the kitchen making crowd pleasers – mixing drinks and preparing bites and platters of dishes? Get creative and prepared; foods and drinks that can be prepared in advance should be your allies this Thanksgiving.

Elana Lepkowski shares the Tangy Cranberry-Black Pepper Shrub Cocktail, a cranberry cocktail recipe you can prepare ahead of time for a fun party in Serious Eats’ Prep This Easy Thanksgiving Cranberry Cocktail in Advance. She explains why it can hold without spoiling for a while: [Read more…]

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Making Floral, Fruity & Fragrant Sangria


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Sangria: Party lovers either love or hate this fresh fruit wine cocktail that has both a Spanish and Portuguese origin.

The squeeze of fresh citrus makes it a delicious and inexpensive drink that budget-conscious party hosts should have no second thoughts serving.

But, if it is a poorly made one, which will give your party guests a splitting headache the next morning, then forget it.

Sangria still makes a delicious and inexpensive party cocktail, if you know how to make a good one. And why not, when it is so easy to make!

With pitchers of it stocked in the fridge, the good time rolls as soon as the guests come trooping in and as this chilled and fancy cocktail is poured into glasses. With some creative additions and garnish, you can make the cocktail mix all your own, minus the headache, which your party guests will love. [Read more…]

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Sweet Foods and Saccharine Cocktails: Resisting the Irresistible

Sweet tooth - sweet foodsIt is not really surprising if you have a “sweet tooth” or loving desserts. It seems a huge fraction of the human population has that uncontrollable craving for desserts. Humans are inclined to like saccharine foods for a variety of reasons. Science tries to find a way to explain it.

In the article Why Did We Evolve a Taste for Sweetness? posted in Perfect Health Diet, Paul Jaminet points out what was shared by Seth Robert, which he heartily supports:

“… that food cravings are driven by nutritional deficiencies … which is why it’s so important for those seeking to lose weight to be well nourished … “Why do we like sweet foods?” His suggested answer was that the taste for sweetness encouraged Paleo man “to eat more fruit so that we will get enough Vitamin C.”

A WiseGeek article entitled What is a sweet tooth? says…

“… humans are predisposed to like sweet foods for a variety of reasons, some humans have even stronger sweet-liking genes, and others are conditioned to like sweets. [Read more…]

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