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Fresh Peach Lemonade

Fresh Peach Lemonade

Ingredients
4 cups water, divided
2 medium peaches, chopped
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup lemon juice
1 medium lemon, sliced
Mint sprigs, optional

Directions
In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups water, peaches and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5-7 minutes or until peaches are tender. Remove from the heat. Cool. Strain, discarding peach skins.

In a large pitcher, combine the peach mixture, lemon juice and remaining water. Add lemon slices and mint if desired. Serve over ice. Yield: 5 servings.

Recipe found here: Fresh Peach Lemonade

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Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Ingredients
4 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
1 cup flaked coconut
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup orange marmalade

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar and salt.

Stir in remaining ingredients.

Press into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 425° for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool on a wire rack. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen

Recipe found here: Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

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Heavenly Drinking Chocolate

Heavenly Drinking Chocolate

Ingredients
4 cups half-and-half cream
2 bars (3-1/2 ounces each) 70% cacao dark chocolate, chopped
2 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash salt
Sweetened whipped cream

Directions
In a large saucepan, heat cream over medium heat until bubbles form around sides of pan (do not boil). Remove from the heat; whisk in the chocolates, vanilla, nutmeg and salt until smooth. Return to the heat; cook and stir until heated through. Pour into mugs; top with whipped cream. Yield: 5 cups.

Recipe found here: Heavenly Drinking Chocolate

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Grinch Punch

Grinch Punch

Ingredients
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

Directions
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

Ingredients
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

Directions
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

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

Preparation
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

Ingredients
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

Directions
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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