Also, treat your friends and relatives with healthy snacks. Who said that Christmas food must be very greasy so that you could not stand up after eating? Instead, offer your guests some cubes of hard cheese, endive leaves with ricotta, prawns, or fruits topped with jam.
Creamy White Christmas Punch
Photo and recipe by Creations by Kara
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 3 oz evaporated milk (6 Tbsp)
- 1/2- 1 tsp almond extract (I used a teaspoon)
- 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
- 1 2-liter bottle of 7UP®
- Whipped cream and sprinkles (optional)
Combine sugar and water in a small glass bowl. Heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds or till sugar is dissolved. Cool and stir in evaporated milk and almond extract. Pour into a large punch bowl and add vanilla ice cream. Use a potato masher to break ice cream into small chunks. Slowly stir in the 7UP®. Spoon into serving glasses. Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkles if desired. Serve immediately.
Apple Cider Sangria
Photo and recipe by Cook With Manali
- 1 grany smith apple
- 1 honey crisp apple
- 1 orange
- 1 pear
- 1 pomegranate
- 750 ml non alcoholic apple cider
- 500 ml sparkling water [I used lemon lime canada dry sparkling seltzer water]
- 1-2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
Chop apple and pear into cubes [with skin on]. Cut orange into slices and peel the pomegranate. Add the chopped fruits to a pitcher (reserve some for garnish). Add apple cider and Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water to the pitcher and stir to combine. You can also add sugar at this point (if using). Place the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill. When apple cider sangria is chilled, pour into serving glasses and garnish with the remaining fruits. Enjoy!
Photo and recipe by Watch What? U Eat
- 4-5 pieces of 1-2″ pineapple pieces
- 4-5 fresh mint leaves
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 cup chilled grape juice (if possible, freshly prepared at home)
- 1/2 chilled sparkling water or soda
- 1 tsp agave (optional to adjust sweetness)
- ice cubes to serve
- few lime slices to garnish
In a small mixing bowl, add pineapple pieces and muddle them using the back of a wooden spatula for couple of min or until all pineapple pieces have broken into small pieces. Then, add mint leaves and again muddle for a few seconds to just bruise the leaves and release the essential flavors. Transfer the muddled mixture into a serving glass. Add ice cubes followed by grape juice, lime juice, sparkling water or soda. Adjust sweetener if necessary. Give it a gentle mix, add couple of lime slices and enjoy a glass of pineapple mojito.