I'm preparing for a shiveringly cold New Year's Eve here in Vermont. Not sure what the temp is going to be in your neck of the woods, but if you're hosting a cocktail party, might I suggest offering your guests a warm winter drink when they arrive? You know your girlfriends will be chilly because they didn't want to cover up their hot new dresses with jackets.
Hot ideas for cocktails:
Spiced Hot Cider (One of my favorite warm winter beverages.)
For a nonalcoholic version, omit the applejack and schnapps and add 2 tablespoons cinnamon-flavored syrup, such as Torani brand.
4 cups apple cider
1 cinnamon stick
5 whole cloves
1/2 cup applejack (apple brandy)
2 tablespoons cinnamon schnapps
Cinnamon sticks for garnish
Bring apple cider, cinnamon stick and cloves to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add applejack and schnapps. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve hot.
Makes 6 servings, 3/4 cup each.
Per serving: 143 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 23 g carbohydrate; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 0 mg sodium; 0 mg potassium.
Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C.
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By Carolyn Malcoun
When associate editor Carolyn Malcoun came to Vermont to attend New England Culinary Institute, she knew she didn't want to work in a restaurant but knew that she wanted to do something in the food industry. Luckily she discovered EatingWell, where she's able to combine her love of food and writing.
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