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A Very Merry Cranberry Martini By Tracy of Suite & Savory

Happy holidays everyone! I am back for another quick holiday guest post to assist you in closing 2015 with a bang- *cheers*, *clink*, *fizz*! Today I would like to introduce a new creative friend, Tracy Memoli. She is an amazing food-driven blogger at Suite & Savory as well as an on-air correspondent for Dessert Professional Magazine. She has an amazing talent for finding amazing eats all over the place and even creating her own scrumptious treats. She is sharing a new holiday drink recipe with us today that will brighten up your day in the merriest way- enjoy!

XOXO
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'Tis the season to enjoy festive cocktails! This Very Merry Cranberry Martini promises to win over your guests this holiday season. Just follow this simple recipe to add a little more holiday cheer to your next party!


A Very Merry Cranberry Martini


Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 1 orange
  • 3 oz of vodka
  • Splash of cranberry juice

Directions:

  1. Start by making the cranberry simple syrup - just combine the water, sugar, cranberries and the juice of an orange to a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until the cranberries are tender - approximately 8-10 minutes.
  2. Next, using a fine mesh strainer, strain the cranberries. Set aside the liquid and let cool for about an hour. I like doing this step in advance of entertaining, that way it saves time and has the opportunity to cool. I also never waste a thing, so reserve the cranberries in a container and use it in any of your holiday dishes or on top of pancakes the next morning!
  3. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, cranberry simple syrup and a splash of cranberry juice - add more or less of the cranberry juice depending on how sweet you like your martini. Shake and serve in a chilled martini glass.
  4. For a festive look, I like to garnish the martini with cranberries threaded along a sprig of rosemary. Happy Holidays!

Don't forget to stop by Tracy's Blog, Suite & Savory, check her out on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and contact her via e-mail to collaborate some time. We hope you enjoy every moment of these martinis! 

Christmas Kitchen Tour Blog Hop!

Happy holidays dear friends, both old and new! I am so excited to be celebrating with you by sharing the new additions around my kitchen for today's Christmas Kitchen Tour Blog Hop. Grab your jingleiest bells and let's get to dashing through the tour, shall we?

The first area on the tour is my dining room, lucky for me my modern rustic style fits in perfectly with the holiday dashes of panache! I added red, green and gold plaid place mats and napkins. To make the napkins even more charming for Santa, I grabbed an 8 pack of wired bows from the dollar store with little bells to wrap around each one. It is such an affordable way to enhance the decor and even reusable for each year to make new memories with!


My centerpieces are a beautiful bouquet of flowers that I added a mini stocking to, flameless candles and alternating red and gold round ornaments. These flameless candles are one of the most amazing house items I have. They add a great charm and relaxation to any event. If you have nothing on your holiday wishlist yet, do yourself a favor and ask for a set from Santa.

 

Around the kitchen I have added in multicolored round ornaments in several glass pieces I have. These are slowly losing space on my tree each year as we get more and more personalized ornament gifts and this gives those old ornaments a new life and purpose! It really brightens the area up and adds extra cheer while I am working around the clock these holidays. They also pair wonderfully with my multicolored gingerbread house. I don't know about you, but I adore this nostalgic activity every year and I am so fortunate my husband had enough patience to sit with me so we could do it together!


Next, I want to swing over to my most favorite newly updated area of my kitchen- the hot cocoa corner! I have finally changed up my chalkboard wall for the holidays and it has become the highlight of my holiday events, I think I should just bring in my pillow and blanket and camp out here! I also added a short icicle lights that creates a perfect outlining border for the writing- I just love when this stuff comes together! I have all the essentials stocked to build the most delicious and epic of hot cocoas ever: mini marshmallows, peppermint marshmallows, candy canes, dulce de leche, homemade salted caramel sauce, salty sugar crystals, chocolate flakes, whipped cream and holiday paper straws. Give your guests options for their concoctions (see what I did there ;)) To make the most delicious crock-pot hot cocoa ever follow the simple steps below.


Epic Holiday Crock-Pot Hot Cocoa
  1. Gather your ingredients:
    • 1.5 cups of heavy whipping cream
    • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
    • 6 cups of whole milk 
    • 1 package of milk chocolate chips
    • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  2. Mix all ingredients in the crock-pot slowly until combined (it will be chunky still). 
  3. Cover the crock-pot with the lid and cook on high for two hours.
  4. After two hours, remove the lid and mix well. Turn to the warm setting and serve all your guests a fresh cup at the cocoa bar to add all their favorite toppings! 

My last stop on my kitchen tour is my trusty oven, Betty. It is the epicenter of my being and the thing that has kept me trying new things and being braver by the day to venture out more and also invite more people in to share the fruits of my labor of love with me. My darling husband got me these festive decorative towels that remind me to smile the whole time I am working away like a busy bee with Betty all over the kitchen during my holiday peak season!
  

I hope you enjoyed seeing my little holiday cheery editions during this edition of the Christmas Kitchen Tour Blog Hop! Be sure to make a few more pit stops to catch the other ladies on the tour today for more rocking around the clock to get your Santa hat filled with even more inspiration: Carrie of Carrie's Creations, Heather of Sweet Tea Jubilee and Claire of Cherries on the Hill


I wish you every happiness this holiday season and look forward to sharing a wonderful 2016 with you!