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Glühwein (German Mulled Wine) is a great hot beverage to have outdoors on a cold evening with good friends. Spiced to perfect and sweeter than wine, this concoction is heart-warming around the Holiday season. Glühwein is a warm and spiced wine is made to be taken outside, at the Christmas market, but it could also just be outside after a winter activity or to welcome guests over with this heartwarming drink. My husband is German, and his whole family enjoys every year going to the Christmas market while sipping on that comforting spiced-up wine. It makes you forget about the cold, and dipping your nose into the cup (yes, they drink this in a cup) makes you think of those perfect Christmas memories. The Spices The secret to a good gluhwein finds itself in the spices. I suggest some mix here, with lots of cardamom, but you could modify it slightly to…

Cranberry Gimlet is the perfect fizzy drink for the holidays! A fizzy ruby red cocktail; who could say no to this? A lovely mix of aromas from bitter cranberry to sweet mandarine, orange-infused gin and a touch of sparkling wine! The Holidays will taste much better this year! Impress your guests with this fizzy Christmas Cranberry Gimlet! The drink uses cranberry juice, the juice of a mandarine, some Sevilla-infused Tanqueray Gin (not sponsored), homemade cinnemon and mandarin syrup, and a lot of sparking wine! Because for the Holidays… bubbles are mandatory! Inspiration A Gimlet is an old classic of gin, sugar and lime. It was invented by sailors to fight against scurvy, in other words, to preserve the limes for longer on their long journeys. Still, many years later, this beloved sweet-and-sour drink is a scrumptious classic! Christmas Version To make this drink Christmas’y’, I’ve switched the sour lime with…

Red and Green Pesto Sticks with parmesan are made with phyllo, creating a crunchy and easy appetizer for the holiday season. A crowd-pleaser is guaranteed! This holiday season will be a hit with those two colours Pesto Sticks. They are easy to do and super crunchy without all the fat from the usual puff pastry. I’ve used two types of pesto: the famous green pesto, a la Genovese (basil) and a red pesto (dried tomato). I thought it would be great to have both colours for the holidays. Those fingers are a nice bite for any dinner party, finger buffet or snack. You can quickly cook them ahead of time, and they stay crispy and tasty for long leaving you time to work on other things while the guests are gathering around the table. The Cheese This recipe suggests parmesan because it adds an extra umami touch, but could easily be…

These Retro Egg Salad Appetizers are fantastic on the table for Christmas or any celebration and are always a ‘hit’ for the little ones! An egg salad spread made with relish, scallions, mayonnaise, and the festive sweet pickle and pepper in the center. Those Egg Salad Appetizers are my granma’s recipe and were usually tradition to make for Christmas Eve and highly appreciated by the little ones. A fluffy, tasty and fun bite to make the kids wait patiently before unwrapping their gifts. Plus, the leftovers make a fantastic breakfast for the next day! A Family Tradition These sliders are close to my heart; I used to make them every year with my grandma. Now, I’m doing it for my kids and, someday, hopefully, grandkids. Since I can remember, those sandwiches have been part of the Christmas feast (buffet style) at home. My mom would have a table filled with finger…

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