We are in the middle of holiday party craze, it’s official. The parties started one there one here beginning of December but now it’s a get together almost everyday until New Years. I am hosting two dinner parties myself. Chatting with my mom over Skype yesterday morning, she asked me what I plan to serve. She knows it’s not easy for me to make anything too complicated with young kids, and a new puppy. ( yes we did get a new furry cutie, she recently joined our family & Pug Daisy. More about that later 🙂 )
For dinner I am likely to go with Turkey, or beef. I get my Turkey fully cooked from a natural food store chain here in the NW, and just reheat it for about 2 hrs at home. If I go with beef I marinate it overnight inside olive oil, rosemary, salt, some other herbs, and grill. I add a big salad, some side dishes and the dinner is ready. Easy to make, and tasty is what I need at the moment.
For drinks, we usually go with wine. We serve both white, and red as our friends each have their strong preferences in their wine. The kind of meat determines the type of wine.
This year I’ll also make this Ginger Ale Lemonade Mocktail for pregnant friends, kids, tweens, teenagers, or anyone who may wants to drink a non-alcoholic beverage that is sweet, and yummy. I feel like younger guests feel left out without their special drink, and I want to have something pretty made for them. It’s also a lovely drink to have with appetizers, and dried nuts before dinner for everyone.
I put some dried nuts in these holiday bowls.
HOW TO MAKE THE GINGER ALE LEMONADE MOCKTAIL
Like I said above, I am making Ginger Ale Lemonade Mocktails to start my dinner parties with. I plan to welcome our guests on the porch with some holiday sweetness. Here is how to make this ridiculously easy drink; they look, and taste so good everyone thinks it is a complicated shaker production. 🙂
Here is what you need:
I make enough for about 8 people with the below quantity. You can adjust depending on the number of guests. I usually make this with home made lemonade.
- Canada Dry Ginger Ale 20oz
- Strawberry Lemonade 20 oz
- Regular Lemonade 20 oz
- Lime Pieces – from one lime
- Fresh Cranberries- a package from frozen section
We love Canada Dry Ginger Ale made with real ginger, and use it in many drinks. Head out to your local Safeway, and pick up a bottle.
For showing you ladies I put enough for two people of the Canada Dry, strawberry and regular lemonades in these glasses. I like to use jar like cups to serve my mocktail in. I think they look more fun this way.
Starting with your Ginger Ale, put the lemonade, then strawberry lemonade in. Mix with a spoon. Add a bit more Canada Dry to top your drink off.
Garnish with some cranberries inside the cups, and a lime on the side. Decorate a tray with some more cranberries, and add your favorite appetizers. You are ready to welcome your guests.
HOLIDAY PARTY FASHION – Stitch Fix Dress from last year- found here on clearance in two colors.
I am welcoming mine on the porch with a tray on hand. Happy Holiday parties lovelies. <3
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