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Thanksgiving Round Up – Recipes, Cocktails and Fun

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Happy Thanksgiving! How about a great post round up to go with your turkey and football today?

tiny hamster and his friends sit down to Thanksgiving dinner. Wearing their best pilgrim hats, the friends enjoy a turkey dinner until there just is not any more. How cute are they?Tiny Hamster Thanksgiving Video - You have seen his hot dog contest eating video, and his eating tiny burritos, and will continue to fall in love with Tiny Hamster with his Thanksgiving party. Tiny Hamster invited his friends over for Thanksgiving festive feast complete with tiny pilgrim hats, tiny turkey, and tiny pie.

Need help coming up with a dinner blessing? Bless This Food: Ancient and Contemporary Graces from Around the World by Adrian Butash explores blessing traditions throughout the world. You can use any of the poems, prayers and there is even a selection in American Sign Language. You are sure to find a blessing that fits your dinner table.

put a pumpkin spin on your favorite side dish this Thanksgiving. Pumpkin Mashed potatoesNew Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes -

Want something completely different this year? Let us add some much needed spice with some Chipotle Carrot Salad.

My favorite side dish for Thanksgiving has always been the mashed potatoes. But how about we take this favorite side and boost the vitamins with added pumpkin for Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes. It tastes just as delicious and you do not have to tell anyone that about the health benefits.

Add some autumn flavor to your next get together with this cold hard cider cocktail recipe. Prefect for that in between weather in Southern California

Cocktail Recipes

Autumn On The Rocks Hard Cider Cocktail – Add some autumn flair to your cocktail hour. This Thanksgiving cocktail combines hard cider but with the anise of Absinthe. Great if the weather is a bit warmer than expected. Pour over ice or just serve chilled.

Cozy Hot Toddy - Sparkling cider, cloves and honey take this hot toddy recipe all the flavors of fall. The addition whisky or apple brandy make it a delicious adult cocktail to be enjoyed before dinner or with your dessert.

Bring some style to the table with the vodka Cynamon Toast. Rim your martini glass with cinnamon-sugar and shake your cinnamon vodka cocktail for a drink that brings the warmth but also an elegance to your party.

Cinnamon Hard Cider – Another cinnamon vodka cocktail but this time with added hard apple cider, lemon and vanilla.

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Cocktail Recipe Thursday: Cinnamon Hard Cider

Fall cocktail recipe featuring Sobieski Cynamon Vodka with hard cider.  Perfect flavors for the season

The weather for the fall and winter just call out for apple cider and cinnamon. The flavors define the seasons, and today’s cocktail is full of both the tastes of apple cider and cinnamon. This fall cocktail recipe features Sobieski Cynamon Vodka paired with your favorite hard cider.

Fall Cocktail Recipe

Cinnamon Cider Cocktail
1 oz. Sobieski Cynamon Vodka
2 oz. hard cider
¼ oz. vanilla simple syrup
¼ oz. lemon juice
Cinnamon stick for garnish

In a shaker add all ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a glass, garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve.

There are few flavors that just speak to “fall” or “winter” more than apple cider and cinnamon?  This cocktail brings the best of both together in this very tasty fall cocktail recipe.  I also love the touch of lemon that breaks it up a little bit.  Lemon goes well with apple not just in cocktails, but in cooking as well.  Try a little lemon juice in an apple pie recipe some time and let me know what you think about that.

This cinnamon flavored vodka became a standard on my bar last year with the Sweet & Cynful Tea. Hot cocktails do not quite get the love they deserve. If you are looking to add some warm cocktails to your repertoire, the Sobieski Cynamon vodka is a perfect addition. The delicious cinnamon flavor goes well with chai tea, warm apple cider and more.


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DIY: Matte Black and Gold Party Inspiration

Decorate your black champagne bottles to decorate your black and gold party.  Or have it as a fun thing to do during your next party.  DIY Black/Gold party

Looking for a little inspiration for upcoming parties? How about straying from what the ordinary and expected and go for something a little more glamorous. Matte black and gold could be a great mix for either a Halloween themed party this upcoming weekend or even for New Year’s Eve. Very adult, very sexy, very easy to do.

If you do not have a black table like I do, stop by Target or the fabric store and pick up a runner that is black or gold. You can use gold votive holders, DIY your wine glasses with gold paint, or my favorite, go through your Christmas decorations and pull out the white twinkling lights and gold garland. Expect the DIY gold trimmed votives and wine glass blog post very soon.

Encourage your guests to wear black and gold. I know that platinum and silver are more popular for jewelry, but this will be a great excuse to break out the gold. You could even have gold flash tattoos in goody bags at the door!

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Cocktail Thursday: Cognac Brandy Crusta

cognac makes great fall drink cocktails

Cognac Brandy Crusta Cocktail Recipe

As the weather changes to fall and winter, the taste for certain cocktails turns more to the darker flavors. Today we celebrate with a great fall drink recipe, a classic cognac cocktail – the Brandy Crusta.

The Brandy Crusta is a great cocktail for fall. It was invented in New Orleans as a precursor to its cousin with a better marketing plan, the sidecar. I got this cognac cocktail recipe from Saveur, and it is perfect for this weekend. It includes cognac, orange liquor, lemon and bitters.


2 oz. cognac like CAMUS
1 tsp. orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. simple syrup
2 dashes Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters or Angostura bitters
1 l″-wide strip lemon peel, to garnish

Shake cognac, liqueur, juice, syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice until chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled cordial glass; add lemon peel in cocktail to serve.

Most well stocked bars will have these ingredients on hand making this a new go to for you and your friends at your next movie night. You may have to make a stop at the produce section on the way home to pick up your lemon, though.

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Raise a Glass! It’s National Red Wine Day

Wine barrels and crushed wine grapes

October 15th is National Red Wine Day

Today, October 15th, is National Red Wine Day. As if many of you needed an actual day to celebrate red wine, right?

Looking for a new red wine to try for this National Red Wine Day? You could pair up your favorite wine to your pop culture obsession of the moment, or reach for a classic. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy.

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