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NYNM

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Non alcohol Xmas beverages??? Fri, 12/17/10 2:13 PM (permalink)
I am having a party and a few guests are in AA. I'd like to make something special for them to drink. I would esp. enjoy slow cooker/crock pot ideas since that would be warm & cozy.
Ideas?
 
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    Michael Hoffman

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    Re:Non alcohol Xmas beverages??? Fri, 12/17/10 2:38 PM (permalink)
    Mulled cider.
    1. Pour one gallon of fresh cider into a large pot on the stove or into a crockpot or slow cooker.
    2. Add a half cup of brown sugar.
    3. Place 1 teaspoon of whole cloves, 1 teaspoon of whole allspice, and 3 cinnamon sticks on a square of cheesecloth and tie up. Add to the pot.
    4. Heat the cider to a boil, stirring regularly. Leave the pot uncovered so that you and your family or guests can enjoy the warm, delicious aroma.
    5. Once the cider boils, lower the setting to simmer for at least another 15 minutes to allow for thorough infusion of the spices. Stir occasionally.
    6. Remove the spices from the pot and ladle hot mulled cider into mugs or other glasses designed for hot beverages.
     
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      NYNM

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      Re:Non alcohol Xmas beverages??? Mon, 12/20/10 1:01 PM (permalink)
      I modified your recipe based on another recipe and it was great!
      And so simple:
      !/2 and 1/2 apple cider and (diet) ginger ale. With spices. (I used cinnamon sticks and cloves).
      And some fruits (orange slices, a lemon slice, cut up apple, a few cranberries. But this was just what I had on hand, nothing special).
      Heat.
       
      I used a crock pot, but had a separate one cooking on stove for extra.
       
      Of course, add rum when appropriate.
       
      Everyone loved it, esp. my AA friends (sans rum) who at first just asked for "a glass of water"!
       
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        Michael Hoffman

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        Re:Non alcohol Xmas beverages??? Mon, 12/20/10 1:14 PM (permalink)
        Great!
         
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          NYNM

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          Re:Non alcohol Xmas beverages??? Mon, 12/20/10 1:57 PM (permalink)
          Yes, thanks, and the part I liked best is I didn't have to add sugar. In fact, the gingerale gave it some "edge." My guests remarked that it wasn't "too sweet" like some drinks can be. 
           
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            kishkaeater

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            Re:Non alcohol Xmas beverages??? Mon, 12/20/10 3:00 PM (permalink)
            How about the sparkling apple ciders?
             
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              BelleReve

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              Re:Non alcohol Xmas beverages??? Mon, 12/20/10 3:20 PM (permalink)
              Sparkling apple cider is a good idea - A friend of mine buys several bottles of Martinelli's cider for her annual Christmas party, then brings any leftovers to her grandkids Christmas day.  She used to buy them in sets of 4 at Sam's, but can't say for sure if Sam's still carries them.
               
               
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                NYNM

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                Re:Non alcohol Xmas beverages??? Mon, 12/20/10 4:27 PM (permalink)
                Sparkling apple cider would be good, but I'd still like to add a persoanlized touch. Maybe a sprinkling of cinnamon powder on top.
                 
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                  chewingthefat

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                  Re:Non alcohol Xmas beverages??? Mon, 12/20/10 5:38 PM (permalink)
                  Mix a killer Bloody Mary mix, just leave out the Vodka, plenty of celery too!
                   
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                    Nancypalooza

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                    Re:Non alcohol Xmas beverages??? Mon, 12/20/10 10:25 PM (permalink)
                    This isn't deliberately Christmasy but we did this for a winter wedding and it went over well: http://www.cooks.com/rec/...,154183-237206,00.html
                     
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                      mar52

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                      Re:Non alcohol Xmas beverages??? Mon, 12/20/10 10:50 PM (permalink)
                      Nancy the name of that punch sounds awful, but if it's similar to a banana dacquiri it would be a hit in my house!
                       
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                        sizz

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                        Re:Non alcohol Xmas beverages??? Mon, 12/20/10 10:54 PM (permalink)
                         
                        http://www.martinellis.com/recipes/n/index.shtml 
                         
                         
                        <message edited by sizz on Mon, 12/20/10 11:02 PM>
                         
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                          Nancypalooza

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                          Re:Non alcohol Xmas beverages??? Tue, 12/21/10 3:56 PM (permalink)
                          mar52

                          Nancy the name of that punch sounds awful, but if it's similar to a banana dacquiri it would be a hit in my house!

                          I know, it really needs another name.  Maybe just banana virgin dacquiris?  I imagine if you took an overly ripe pineapple and slurried it along with the banana instead of the pineapple juice that could be quite nummy too.  It does work best with your banana-bread-candidate bananas.
                           
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                            Scorereader

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                            Re:Non alcohol Xmas beverages??? Tue, 12/21/10 5:08 PM (permalink)
                            One thing I like to do for N/A drinks is make hot cocoa and use my MAgic Bullet and mix in candy canes. The Magic Bullet does a great job emulsifying the peppermint sticks, the hear of the hot cocoa does the rest as per meltage. Serve in an Irish coffee glass with small candy cane as garnish. Magic Bullet recipe book had chocolate peppermint shake. It's basically a take off on that idea.
                             
                            There's a huge number of websites that have Mocktail recipes. for the holidays, things with cranberry and mint, or cherry syrup, or vanilla and spice, vanilla and orange, are always good to fit the holiday theme.
                             
                             
                             
                             
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                              Scorereader

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                              Re:Non alcohol Xmas beverages??? Tue, 12/21/10 5:08 PM (permalink)
                              One thing I like to do for N/A drinks is make hot cocoa and use my MAgic Bullet and mix in candy canes. The Magic Bullet does a great job emulsifying the peppermint sticks, the hear of the hot cocoa does the rest as per meltage. Serve in an Irish coffee glass with small candy cane as garnish. Magic Bullet recipe book had chocolate peppermint shake. It's basically a take off on that idea.
                               
                              There's a huge number of websites that have Mocktail recipes. for the holidays, things with cranberry and mint, or cherry syrup, or vanilla and spice, vanilla and orange, are always good to fit the holiday theme.
                               
                               
                               
                               
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                                ann peeples

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                                Re:Non alcohol Xmas beverages??? Wed, 12/22/10 4:42 AM (permalink)
                                That hot chocolate sounds awesome, scorereader.Thanks for the idea!
                                 
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