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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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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

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

Directions
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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