Monday, December 8, 2014
♪ ♫ Rudolph the red nose reindeer, have a very shiny nose ♪ ♫….I have been listening to this song quite often lately while the kids practicing their Christmas songs for the school’s holiday performance. Over the weekend, I’ve borrowed some children’s books from the library, all with the Christmas theme as well. Plus, we’ve just put up the Christmas tree and the Kiddos help decorated it (you might have seen it if you follow me on my Instagram). I say, we’re pretty much ready for the holidays. Are you?
If you’re not in the holiday mood yet, this Rudolph’s Cranberry Fizz will surely help! This drink is not only adorable to look at, it’s refreshing and packed with the holiday’s flavors. While I was cutting some rosemary springs from my little garden, the gorgeous and earthy scents filled the whole kitchen. I can’t help it but took a deep breath to savor the aromas whenever I passed by the kitchen. See the cute little Rudolph floating on top of this drink? They are easy to make and here’s what you need (please see picture below).
Ready to do a little crafts with me? My Kiddos helped me in putting these Rudolphs together while we munch on some marshmallows and cranberries here and there in between the process. Here’s how we made the Rudolph.
1) Break the toothpick in half, and insert one side half way into the cranberry.
2) Insert the other side of the toothpick into the middle of the marshmallow to create the nose.
3) Insert 2 cloves above the cranberry to create the eyes.
4) Remove a few leaves from the bottom of the rosemary springs.
5) Insert the rosemary on top of the marshmallow to create the antlers.
Super simple, isn’t it? This is such a fun and simple craft to do with the kids, too. I say, the edible Rudolph makes the perfect decoration for any Holiday drinks. This Rudolph’s Cranberry Fizz (see full recipe below) is a cocktail for the grown ups, but you can easily make a kids friendly version. Simply mix equal parts of cranberry juice with club soda or lemon lime soda (for the fizz portion), it’ll be equally festive and delicious!
I hope you enjoy today’s recipe and crafts. Please stay tuned for more fun holiday recipes and craft ideas in the near future. Cheers!
Please drink responsibly. Health and General Disclaimers.
Rudolph’s Cranberry Fizz:
Makes: 2 cocktails
6 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 ounces gin
1 cup cranberry juice
3 ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 cup ice cubes
1 cup Champagne
Muddle 8 of the cranberries and 2 of the rosemary sprigs in a shaker. Add the gin, cranberry juice and vermouth and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into 2 chilled cocktail glasses. Top each glass with Champagne.
To garnish, place the remaining 4 rosemary sprigs into 2 marshmallows to create antlers. Break the toothpick in half and insert into front of the marshmallow and attach the remaining cranberries to create the noses. Then, place the 4 cloves between the noses and antlers to create eyes. Cheers!