Entertain with Style This Holiday Season!

My friend Allie Merriam tells me she's always looking for an infinitely variable recipe, so a couple of weeks ago I stopped by her office at Popsugar.com to share my apricot pistachio biscotti with her (there's no cookie more variable) http://www.yumsugar.com/Apricot-Pistachio-Biscotti-Recipe-Video-32767822 We had so much fun, I asked her to come cook with us in the Everyday Food kitchen. We stirred up a sparkling holiday cocktail and a super-quick crostini to serve alongside (by the way, crostini -- another infinitely variable recipe).

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Crostini + Sparkling Red Wine Cocktail

1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 1/2 cups Lambrusco or other sparkling red wine
24 ounces sparkling orange beverage, such as Orangina
4 ounces Bourbon or other American whiskey
Orange wedge and slices

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1. Mix together sugar and cinnamon and spread on a small plate. In a large pitcher, combine red wine, orange beverage, and Bourbon. Rub an orange wedge around rims of eight rocks glasses, then dip glasses in cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat. Fill with ice, add cocktail mixture, and serve with orange slices.

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