With everything that goes into creating a full holiday menu for guests of different ages and palates, taking on that task can be a challenge for any host. However, simple recipes that please the masses can help make life easier for home chefs.
From the main dish all the way to dessert, plus the drinks in-between, put these recipes to the test to help make your holiday gathering a breeze. Put your adult guests at ease with a cranberry-flavored cocktail, followed by a main course made sweet thanks to this turkey brine. As things come to a close, finish off any leftover appetites with a quick cookie recipe.
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If holiday cocktails are on your
menu, give guests a twist on
a classic with this Cranberry
Moscow Mule made with
Nemiroff Original Vodka. This
premium vodka is bold with a
smooth, full-bodied finish that
hints of citrus and fruit. Combined
with cranberry juice and ginger
beer, it’s an ideal holiday cocktail.
Find more holiday cocktail
options at nemiroff.vodka.
Cranberry Moscow Mule
1 part Nemiroff Original Vodka
1 part cranberry juice cocktail
2 parts ginger beer
1 tablespoon lime juice
orange wedges, for garnish (optional)
fresh cranberries, for garnish (optional)
rosemary sprigs, for garnish (optional)
Pour vodka, cranberry juice cocktail, ginger beer
and lime juice into copper mug filled with ice.
Gently stir to combine.
Garnish with orange wedges, fresh cranberries
and rosemary sprigs, if desired.
A Sweeter Centerpiece
A holiday meal is only complete with
the centerpiece of the table: a tender
turkey that side dishes and desserts can
complement for guests of all palates.
For a new twist on a holiday classic,
add some sweetness to your main
course with a Sweet Tea Turkey Brine,
featuring Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea.
It’s freshly brewed from real tea leaves
using simple, quality ingredients free
from preservatives, colors or added acids.
The family- and certified women-owned
business offers a multitude of beverages,
all with the same dedication to quality
and excellence. Find more information
and recipes at drinkmilos.com.
Milo’s Sweet Tea Turkey Brine
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes per pound
1 gallon Milo’s Sweet Tea
1 cup kosher salt
3 large sweet onions, quartered
4 lemons, sliced
8 garlic cloves, peeled
5 sprigs rosemary
10 cups ice
In large stock pot over medium heat,
combine tea and kosher salt. Stir
frequently until salt is dissolved. Add
onion, lemon, garlic and rosemary.
Remove from heat and let cool to
When brine has cooled, pour into
food-grade, 5-gallon plastic container.
Stir in ice.
Wash and dry turkey. Remove innards.
Place turkey, cavity-side up, into brine,
making sure cavity gets filled. Cover and
place bucket in refrigerator overnight.
Heat oven to 350 F.
Remove turkey from brine, draining
excess, and pat dry. Discard excess brine.
Cook turkey 15-20 minutes per pound,
or until internal temperature reaches
165 F on instant-read thermometer,
reserving drippings for gravy.
Reprinted with permission from the
American Institute for Cancer Research
Yield: 24 cookies
3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup dairy-free butter shortening
1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons,
2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
1 large egg white
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Heat oven to 350 F.
In mixing bowl, whisk flours, baking
soda, ginger, cinnamon, pepper and salt.
In separate bowl, use electric mixer on
medium-high speed to beat shortening sticks
with 1/2 cup sugar 2 minutes. Add molasses
and egg white; beat 3 minutes. Set mixer
on low speed and mix in dry ingredients to
combine. Don’t over-mix. Batter will form
Place remaining sugar in wide, shallow
bowl. Pinch about 1 tablespoon batter and
roll it between palms, forming 1-inch ball.
Place ball in bowl with sugar and roll to
coat then place on light-colored, ungreased
baking sheet. Repeat, spacing balls 2 inches
apart. Discard leftover sugar. Using bottom
of a glass, press to flatten each ball into
Bake cookies 10 minutes.
To make glaze, if desired: While cookies
bake, in small bowl, combine confectioners’
sugar with lemon juice, mixing until sugar
is completely dissolved.
When cookies are done, immediately
use spatula to transfer to wire cooling
racks. Using tip of knife, spread 1/4
teaspoon glaze on top of each warm
cookie. Cool completely.
Note: Can be stored in cookie tin up
to 1 week.