Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Beverages

Christmas Eve tradition at our house consists of an hor'duerves meal.  We sit and sip punch, egg nog and/or slush, play games and exchange gifts. We enjoy this type of casual meal, feasting all evening on herring, shrimp, ham and pickle roll-ups, chex mix, taco dip, cheese and crackers, little smokies in a chili/grape jelly concoction in the crockpot, crab dip, homemade cookies and candies. The punch my daughter requests every year has become a family tradition and we look forward to it each and every year.

Pina Colada Punch

1 12 oz. can pineapple juice concentrate
1 juice can pina colada mix (use pineapple juice can)
Mix the above ingredients together in punch bowl or pitcher.  At serving time add chilled 2 liter bottle 50/50.

Amaretto Slush

12 oz can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
12 oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
2 c. sugar
2 c. Amaretto
9 c. water

Mix all well; freeze in 5 quart container (ice cream pail works well).  At serving time scoop out 1/2 glass slush mixture and 1/2 glass 50/50. Stir until mixed.

This slush recipe comes from my longtime friend Laurel. Every holiday season she and her husband Wally invite us over and she serves this slush.  It is delicious and we have taken on this tradition and enjoy it in our household every year as well.

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