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Grinch Punch

Grinch Punch

1/3 cup sugar
6 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons water
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
12 drops neon green food coloring
1 bottle (2 liters) lemon-lime soda, chilled
2 pints vanilla ice cream

In a large saucepan, combine sugar and water. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved; remove from the heat. Stir in milk and extract. Transfer to a bowl; cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

Just before serving, transfer milk mixture to a punch bowl. Stir in the food coloring and soda. Top with scoops of ice cream. Yield: 4 quarts.

Recipe found here: Grinch Punch

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Swamp Juice a la Slime

Swamp Juice a la Slime

1/2 cup light corn syrup
Green paste food coloring
5 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
2 cups white grape juice
2 drops yellow food coloring, optional
1 cup club soda, chilled
Fresh pineapple slices, optional

Refrigerate 10 champagne flutes or cocktail glasses until chilled. In a small bowl, combine corn syrup and green food coloring; dip rims of chilled glasses into mixture. Turn glasses upright, allowing mixture to slightly run down sides of glasses. Freeze until firm.

In a pitcher, combine the pineapple juice, grape juice and yellow food coloring if desired. Refrigerate until chilled.

Just before serving, stir club soda into juice mixture. Pour juice into prepared glasses; garnish with pineapple if desired. Yield: 10 servings (2 quarts).

Recipe found here: Swamp Juice a la Slime

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Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy

1 oz brandy, whiskey, or rum
1 Tbsp honey
1/4 lemon
1 cup hot water
1 tea bag

Coat the bottom of a mug or an Irish coffee glass with honey.

Add the liquor and the juice of the lemon quarter.

On the side, heat water in a tea kettle and add the tea bag to make hot tea.

Pour the steaming tea into the glass and stir.

Recipe found here: Hot Toddy

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Coffee & Cream Martini

Coffee & Cream Martini

2 tablespoons coarse sugar
1 teaspoon finely ground coffee
Ice cubes
1-1/2 ounces vodka
1-1/2 ounces Kahlua
1-1/2 ounces Irish cream liqueur
Chocolate syrup, optional

Sprinkle sugar and coffee on a plate. Moisten the rim of a cocktail glass with water; hold glass upside down and dip rim into sugar mixture.

Fill a mixing glass or tumbler three-fourths full with ice. Add the vodka, Kahlua and liqueur; stir until condensation forms on outside of glass.

Drizzle chocolate syrup on the inside of prepared martini glass if desired. Strain vodka mixture into glass; serve immediately. Yield: 1 serving.

Recipe found here: Coffee & Cream Martini

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Orange Mulled Cider

Orange Mulled Cider

what you need
1 gal. (4 qt.) apple cider
1 pkt. (makes 2 qt. drink) or 2 pkt. (makes 1 qt. drink each) CRYSTAL LIGHT Classic Orange Flavor Drink Mix*
4 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp. whole cloves
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

make it

COOK ingredients in large saucepan on low heat 20 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally. (Do not boil.)

DISCARD cinnamon sticks and cloves before serving.

SPECIAL EXTRA Serve with additional cinnamon sticks.

LEMON MULLED CIDER Prepare using CRYSTAL LIGHT Lemonade Flavor Sugar Free Drink Mix.

Recipe found here: Orange Mulled Cider

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Caribbean Rum Punch

Caribbean Rum Punch

1 cup fresh lime juice
2 cups simple syrup
3 cups amber rum
4 cups orange juice
4 dashes bitters
freshly grated nutmeg

In a pitcher, combine lime juice, simple syrup, rum and orange juice. Add a few dashes of bitters and some grated nutmeg to taste. Serve chilled over ice.

Original recipe makes 20 (4 ounce) servings

Recipe found here: Caribbean Rum Punch

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Starbucks Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino

Starbucks Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino


For the Strawberry Syrup
16 oz Strawberries, hulled
Sugar to taste

For the Frappucino
1 cup Whole Milk
3/4 cups softened Vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup Strawberry Syrup (either make your own or use store bought!)
5-6 Whole Strawberries, chopped finely
2-3 ice cubes
Whipped Cream (optional)


Make the Strawberry Syrup:
Note: You may also use store-bought syrup!

Chop the stem (hull) off the strawberries. You can then do a coarse chop or quarter the berries.

Place them in a colander and rinse them gently under cold water. You can wash them first and then chop if you like.

Drain the water well and place the berries in a saucepan. Cook them in medium heat. Give it a stir now and then. (After around 5 minutes you will find the berries releasing their juices.)

After around 15 minutes of cooking, add some sugar to taste.

Let cook for another 5 minutes and then wait until sauce has cooled.

Strain the sauce into another bowl pressing the fruit well to give more syrup.PS: Store remainder of strawberry syrup in an airtight container. You can use the fruit pulp in another recipe (pancakes, waffles, cakes, muffins etc)

Make the Frappuccino:
Add rest of the ingredients along with your strawberry syrup (other than the whipped cream and chopped strawberries) in a blender. Give it a whirl until blended.

Drop some of the chopped strawberries in a serving glass and pour the blended mixture into it.

Add some whipped cream on top if desired and serve chilled.

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