Holidays & Events

It’s time to celebrate! Get inspired to go above-and-beyond with our special recipes for holidays and events that take you from appetizers to dessert.

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Mango Bellini

Simple yet delicious, this mango Bellini is made with fresh mango puree and your favorite sparkling wine—I usually choose Prosecco for mine. You can easily turn it into a mocktail by using sparkling water in place of the champagne or Prosecco. —Ellen Folkman, Crystal Beach, Florida

Bourbon Punch

Orange and cranberry form the base of this incredibly smooth holiday punch, hitting just the right seasonal note. Feel free...


Chocolate Candy Cane Martinis

1 review

A peppermint martini is perfect for a fun Christmastime gathering of friends. Crushed candy canes on the rim add festive...


Orange Blossom Mint Refresher

5 reviews

I came up with this recipe because I'm not a fan of regular iced tea. This tea has the perfect...


Whiskey-Brandy Slush

It may be cold outside, but we like to serve this icy citrus drink for Christmas gatherings at our house....

New Year’s Punch

Our family toasts to the New Year with this sparkling beverage. I've also prepared it for spring luncheons and bridal...


Guava Coconut Rum Cocktail

My beverage is so sensational it's like a taste of the tropics in a glass. The guava adds a touch...

Mulled Pomegranate Sipper

1 review

This warm and festive drink fills the entire house with the wonderful aroma of spices and simmering fruit juices. Kids...


Sparkling Peach Bellinis

3 reviews

Folks will savor the subtle peach flavor in this elegant brunch beverage. — Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Midnight Cocktails

This variation on a mojito uses blackberry spreadable fruit, which gives it a deep purple color and adds a bit...


Texas Tea

Make a pitcher full of this tea for a get-together on a hot summer day. It’s a potent drink, so...

Hop, Skip and Go

1 review

Here's a different drink for a beer-drinking crowd. It gets a touch of sweetness from lemonade. Make it in a...


Cider Wassail Punch

2 reviews

Cinnamon, cloves, apple cider and cranberry juice blend together to create a wonderful drink with an aroma to match. If...


Crackling Hot Cocoa

1 review

This hot chocolate recipe is more than a warm-you-up—it's rich and thick decadence in a mug. —Cyndi Nistico, Palm Island,...


Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

My soothing white hot chocolate is a great warm-up after a wintry day spent sledding or ice skating. Or include...


Mock Champagne

1 review

Everyone can join in the toast with this light and refreshing drink. It looks just like champagne complete with bubbles!—Pam...

Sparkling White Grape Punch

White cranberry juice adds tartness to this punch for showers and teas. For a light blush tone, use regular cranberry...


Slow-Cooker Chai Tea

5 reviews

A wonderful sweet and spicy aroma wafts from the slow cooker as this pleasantly flavored chai tea cooks. —Crystal Jo...


Vanilla Bean Fizz

A homemade vanilla bean syrup from our home economists fabulously flavors Champagne. The bubbly beverage is ideal for holidays throughout...


Cranberry Quencher

4 reviews

Fruity and tart, this refreshing beverage brings the color of Christmas to your table.—Dorothy Smith, El Dorado, Arkansas


Sparkling Pineapple Grape Juice

I love this versatile, non-alcoholic drink. Not only is it fun to serve for Easter, it goes well with cake...


Firecracker Mary

1 review

While cleaning out my fridge, a lot of the ingredients for the Bloody Mary just jumped out at me. Couldn’t...


Calandria

A friend and I invented this perfect-anytime drink. It’s similar to a caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, but is vodka-based. Of...


Chocolate Spoons

You can stir this creation from our CT home economists into your coffee. Marla Brenneman's Maple Hot Chocolate (see recipe...

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Apple Cider Sipper

1 review

When I had some apple schnapps, I thought of mixing it with chilled cider. Adding green food coloring and dipping...


Rich & Creamy Eggnog

My mom is a huge eggnog fan around the holidays, but I've never been crazy about the storebought kind. When...


DIY Hot Cocoa Mix

5 reviews

Because we live in Idaho and have long, cold winters, hot chocolate is a staple for our family. With this...


Sparkling Party Punch

1 review

This has been my signature punch for years, and the much-requested favorite at our annual Christmas party. It’s sparkly, fruity,...


Holiday Hot Buttered Rum Mix

My family loves serving this rich and delicious beverage around the holidays. It can be made with or without alcohol,...


Hot Mulled Wine

For a festive holiday drink or something to keep you warm during those cold winter months, you'll love trying this...