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Creating Festive Drinks With That Extra Touch

Contributed by: News Canada

(NC) - The holiday season is a popular time to bring together family and friends for a festive party. Canadian Tire has some tips to help make your drinks more festive and add that special touch that will set your holiday party apart from other get-togethers.

Itís all in the glass

  • When preparing your shopping list, be sure to include an assortment of drinks that offer your guests some choice and include beverages often associated with the holidays like eggnog, hot cider or mulled wine
  • For a festive colour, add a splash of grenadine to your punch or add green or red food colouring to your ice cubes before you freeze them
  • For a fun twist, freeze ice cubes in holiday-shaped ice cube trays

Garnish It

  • Cinnamon sticks add delicious flavour to hot cider and also fill the room with a wonderful, warm scent
  • Cranberries on a toothpick make a colourful holiday garnish for cold drinks
  • Tie some holiday ribbon or a decoration around the stem of the glass

Greeting guests with this hot cider recipe will take the chill out and make friends and family comfortable and cozy.

Hot Mulled Cider

  • 1 jug apple cider
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 15 - 20 cloves
  • one bag cinnamon sticks

Combine all ingredients (except for the cinnamon sticks) and heat on stove for 20 to 30 minutes. Add a cinnamon stick to each mug and serve.

To help add a touch of class to the party, try using affordable but stylish glasses and bar accessories. From innovative new bottle openers, to stainless steel bar sets to stylish glass sets, Canadian Tireís new line of holiday barware can help get the party started.


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