Creamy Hot Cocoa

Creamy Hot Cocoa Recipe By:JEANIE BEAN “It’s old fashioned, it’s comforting, it makes the kitchen smell wonderful and it’s good for the soul.” Ingredients 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 3/4 cup white sugar 1 pinch salt 1/3 cup boiling water 3 1/2 cups milk 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup half-and-half cream Directions Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat … Continue reading Creamy Hot Cocoa

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

Old-Fashioned Lemonade ¬†lemonade recipe is the one my mom used to make for me when I was little. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and tart! When using a clear pitcher Ingredients 6 lemons 1 cup white sugar 6 cups cold water Directions Juice the lemons to make 1 cup of juice. To make your labor easier, FIRMLY roll the lemons between your hand and counter top before cutting in half and juicing. In a gallon pitcher combine 1 cup lemon juice, 1 cup sugar, and 6 cups cold water. Stir. Adjust water to taste. Chill and serve over ice. Continue reading Old-Fashioned Lemonade

Hot Spiced Christmas Wine

Hot Spiced Christmas Wine Recipe By:rainy “This is a spicy, sweet holiday wine inspired by my trip to Germany, where a similar drink is a traditional part of winter celebrations.” Ingredients 2 oranges 2 (750 milliliter) bottles red wine 1 (750 milliliter) bottle white wine 1 (3 inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced 3 cinnamon sticks 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/3 cup brown sugar, or to taste 1/4 cup brandy (optional) Directions Use a sharp knife or a vegetable peeler to remove the zest from the oranges in strips, being careful to remove only the orange part, … Continue reading Hot Spiced Christmas Wine

Southern sweet tea

Southern sweet tea “Southern sweet tea, perfect for hot summer days!” Ingredients 1 pinch baking soda 2 cups boiling water 6 tea bags 3/4 cup white sugar 6 cups cool water Directions Sprinkle a pinch of baking soda into a 64-ounce, heat-proof, glass pitcher. Pour in boiling water, and add tea bags. Cover, and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags, and discard; stir in sugar until dissolved. Pour in cool water, then refrigerate until cold. Continue reading Southern sweet tea


Kamikaze ¬†“This is a citrus drink, great for all you lime lovers out there. It is our favorite.” Ingredients 2 (1.5 fluid ounce) jiggers vodka 2 (1.5 fluid ounce) jiggers triple sec liqueur 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger fresh lime juice 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger bottled lime juice Directions In a cocktail shaker full of ice combine vodka, triple sec, fresh lime juice and bottled lime juice. Shake, don’t stir and strain into a chilled glass. Continue reading Kamikaze

Irish Car Bomb

Irish Car Bomb “Tastes like a chocolate milkshake! This is a great beverage for St. Patrick’s Day parties.” Ingredients 3/4 fluid ounce Irish whiskey 3/4 fluid ounce Irish cream liqueur 6 fluid ounces Irish stout beer Directions Fill a shot glass with half Irish whiskey and half Irish cream. Pour Irish stout beer into a pint glass. Drop in the shot glass and drink entire contents at once. Continue reading Irish Car Bomb

Viryta (Lithuanian Honey Liqueur)

Viryta (Lithuanian Honey Liqueur) Recipe By:FoodJunkie “This is a sweet, very potent beverage that can be found at Lithuanian festivals and Lithuanian social clubs in Baltimore. They usually pronounce it ‘VIT-a-tis’. Viryta is usually homemade by descendants of Lithuanian immigrants, using recipes that have been handed down through the generations, and is a popular commodity around the holidays. It took me years to finally get someone to teach me how to make it; most of the people around Baltimore who make it are very secretive about their family recipes! I’d probably catch an earful if she knew I posted it … Continue reading Viryta (Lithuanian Honey Liqueur)

Lithuanian Krupnikas

Lithuanian Krupnikas Recipe By:JOENAUJOKAS “Lithuanian spiced honey liqueur. Serve warm as a traditional Eastern European cold remedy – a quick heat-up in the microwave works great.” Ingredients 10 cardamom seeds 1/2 nutmeg seed 2 teaspoons caraway seed 10 whole cloves 10 whole allspice berries 4 (3 inch) cinnamon sticks 2 teaspoons whole peppercorns 1 pinch crushed saffron threads (optional) 2 (1 inch) pieces fresh ginger root 2 (1 inch) pieces fresh turmeric (yellow ginger) 3 large strips of orange zest 3 large strips of lemon zest 4 cups water 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 pounds honey 1 quart 190 proof … Continue reading Lithuanian Krupnikas

RumChata(R) Pudding Shots

RumChata(R) Pudding Shots “These are even better than Jell-O(R) shots. You could also serve these after dinner in place of dessert.” Ingredients 1 cup milk 1 cup rum cream liqueur (such as RumChata(R)) 1 (4 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping (such as Cool Whip(R)), thawed Directions Mix milk, rum liqueur, and pudding mix together in a bowl until thickened. Gently stir whipped topping into pudding mixture. Spoon into disposable shot cups and place on plate. Freeze until chilled and set, at least 3 hours. Continue reading RumChata(R) Pudding Shots