To round out the meal, she serves glasses of Frosty Fruit Drink. "Since you just toss everything into blender, these smooth thick shakes are ready in minutes," Jo assures. "They're like a beverage and dessert in one."
Red-hot candies add a little spice to this rosy beverage that's perfect for holiday buffets or winter potlucks. Serve it hot or cold. At 28 cents a serving, it's inexpensive, too. —Ruth Hastings, Louisville, Illinois
Red-hot candies add rich color and spiciness to this festive punch, and the cranberry juice gives it a little tang. Our children always request it for our December 25th brunch.
-Julie Sterchi, Jackson, Missouri
Meet the Cook: Here in the High Sierras, my husband and I operate a small bed and breakfast inn. I like serving this drink to winter guests as they warm up in front of our stone fireplace - it's a favorite with everyone for its heavenly scent! It's also a standby when we host local groups, who frequently meet at our place.
I learned to cook from my mother. I have been at it since I was a girl. My husband and I have six grown children and a total of 11 grandchildren.
-Marlene Cartwright, Sierra City, California
This thirst-quenching beverage really rounded out our Valentine's Day dinner. But I've found it makes a colorful addition to any special occasion no matter what time of year.—Kay Curtis, Guthrie, Oklahoma
Adding colorful appeal to a wintertime meal is a easy—just turn to this tasty cider Anna Mary Beiler developed in her strasburg, Pennsylvania kitchen. "The cranberry juice gives it lots of flavor, too," she confirms.—Anna Mary Beiler, Strasburg, Pennsylvania
Lively color graces this signature drink. Its refreshing and slightly tart taste is perfect for a ladies' night out or at a party. During the holidays use fresh cranberries for a garnish.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
“When our children were younger, I always made warm cider for Christmas Eve. This herbal version was a favorite. The kids are grown, but my husband and I still enjoy a mug or two during the holidays for old time’s sake.” —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin