Virgin Appletini

"Times Square's New Years Eve Ball - 1978 Technicians eye the new improved New Years ball. This version, which had halogen lamps for higher visibility, replaced a six-foot ball that had ordinary light bulbs. The lowering of the ball, which takes one minute, is down a 77-foot flagpole on top of One Times Square. (Photo by Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times Photo Archives)"

“Times Square’s New Years Eve Ball – 1978 (Photo by Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times Photo Archives)”

So today is New Year’s Eve, and as I can’t resist doing a holiday post, especially since I have the perfect recipe, I decided that I’m going to post today, and tomorrow as usual.

So for many today is a night to drink away and I thought what better than to include one tasty drink recipe. Now as I can’t stand the taste of alcohol, mine is a virgin drink.

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Thoughts Before Making:

I first made this drink back in 2012. My friends and I had decided to have an Oscar Party, and I claimed The Artist. As the film takes place in the 1920s, I thought what better way to do research than reread one of my favorite books?

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As I read it, I noticed they don’t really mention food all that much, it is mostly drinks. So I went back and looked into what was the most famous drink in that time, and what came out was the Martini. As none of us were 21, it of course had to be a virgin one.

I scoured the internet and found one I liked. It comes from Martenelli’s, the apple cider company.

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Makes 1 drink.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider
  • 1/2 oz Granny Smith Apple Chopped
  • 2 oz Lemon-Lime Soda
  • 2 Dashes Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cups of Crushed Ice
  • Apple Slices
  • Martini glasses

Directions:

  1. Put cider, apple, soda, and cinnamon in a blender.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Blend.
  4. Pour into martini glasses
  5. Garnish with apple wedge and serve.

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Appletini

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Thoughts After Making:

So as you can see I sadly did not have a martini glass. When I make the recipe again I promise to reshoot.

The drink was amazing! I just loved and had to make it again later. You know, writing this really makes me want one right now.

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For more holiday recipes, go to Gorgonzola Cream Cheese Log

For more Oscar Party recipes, go to Gingerbread Men Cookie

For more recipes, go to Sand Tarts

Gingerbread Men Cookies

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This recipe comes from the book

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Presidential Cookies: The Lure and the Love by Bev Young

Thoughts Before Baking:

I first made these cookies when my friends and I were having an Oscar party back in 2013. The rules of the party were that you had to pick a movie that was up for an Academy Award, and make one course that was relevant.

My film choice had been Lincoln, and I choose to make this Gingerbread Cookie recipe because this was one of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite desserts.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Butter (1 Stick)
  • 1/2 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Molasses
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 Cups of Sifted Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon of Ground Cloves
  • 1 Teaspoon of Ginger
  •  1/2 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Allspice
  • Icing

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar until smooth.
  2. Beat in the molasses and egg yolk.
  3. In another bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.
  4. Gradually beat the flour mixture into the butter-egg mixture.
  5. Cover and chill the dough for at least one hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. On a lightly floured board, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness.
  8. Cut into gingerbread men or other desired shapes.
  9. Place cookies about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  10. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes.
  11. Cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes.
  12. Decorate with icing if desired.

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We have our Dapper 19th century men and a couple of pirates.

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My favorite is the zombie cookie who ate the other on in the lower right hand corner.

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Thoughts After Baking:

I loved these cookies. I’m not the biggest fan of gingerbread as I like one or two and then am done; but these were so good I ate twice as much.

And of course one the best things is decorating the cookies.

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For more ginger cookies, go to Regency Ginger Cookies

For more cookies, go to Dinomite’s Fluffy Bites

For more holiday recipes, go to Hole in One

For more dessert recipes, go to Lemon Meringue Chiffon Cake