With the holiday season comes parties and visits and endless opportunity for entertaining of all sorts. We all like to partake in some special holiday beverages when entertaining over the holiday season, and it's not a coincidence that folks tend to pack on a few pounds between October and January!
Here a few of my favourite festive cocktails that pack a taste-punch without going right to your hips!
2 cucumbers (peeled if not organic)
1 large bunch of mint
Cranberry Watermelon Mock-tini
1 1/2 cups of cranberries (fresh or thawed if frozen)
3 cups of watermelon with rind removed
Pass all ingredients through a juicer. Serve in a martini glass with a fresh fruit garnish.
Chilled Holiday Nog
3 cups almond cream *, unsweetened
4 Medjool dates, pitted
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 frozen bananas
2 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. nutmeg plus more for sprinkling
¼ tsp. cinnamon
In a blender, blend all ingredients except bananas. Add bananas and blend again. Serve immediately, sprinkled with additional nutmeg.
*To make almond cream: Soak 1 ½ cups of almonds in water for 8 hours. Drain and rinse. Then blend almonds with 3 cups of water and strain.
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