Yummy Mummy Monday: 3 Simple + Pretty Holiday Sips

What’s better during the holidays than something yummy to sip on? There are so many sweet things to add a festive twist to drinks: candy canes, eggnog… And they don’t have to be complicated to be tasty! See below for 3 holiday drink ideas perfect for serving at your next holiday party (they’re all kid- friendly, but I’ve included yummy ways to make grown- up versions). Cheers!
Minted Eggnog
Ingredients:
1 cup eggnog
1 small scoop candy cane ice cream
Green & blue food colouring
Sprinkles
To Make:
Mix eggnog with 1 drop each of green & blue food colouring
Pour into serving glass & add scoop of candy cane ice cream
Decorate with sprinkles & candy cane( don’t forget a cute straw!)
Make it grown- up:  
Add a shot of Irish Cream or rum to the eggnog & stir before adding other ingredients


Blushing Under the Mistletoe
Ingredients:
1 cup raspberry ginger ale
1/2 cup lemon lime pop 
1 small scoop candy cane ice cream
Pinch of  white or pink cotton candy
To Make:
In a separate glass mix lemon lime soda with ice cream to create a float
In the serving glass pour raspberry ginger ale followed by the mini ice cream float; allow to froth a little
Top with a pinch of cotton candy & serve
Make it grown- up:  
Add a shot of raspberry or lemon vodka to the raspberry ginger ale before adding other ingredients

Melted Snowman
Ingredients:
1 cup lemon lime pop
1 large scoop candy cane ice cream
Sprinkles
To Make:
In serving glass pour pop & top with ice cream, allowing to froth a little
Decorate with sprinkles & candy cane( don’t forget a cute straw!)
Make it grown- up:  
Add a shot of vodka or mint schnapps to pop before adding other ingredients
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Yummy Mummy Monday: Grown Up Tropical Punch

Summer is just around the corner and with it comes camp, travel, activities, and seemingly endless days trying to find ideas to keep the kids occupied. After all that who doesn’t deserve a little spiked reward? (PS: For preggo Moms, those who din’t drink & kids, this is just as tasty without the booze).
Yummy Mummy Recipe: Grown Up Tropical Punch
For one punch bowl batch:

26oz Vanilla Vodka
Pineapple Juice (we juiced a whole one fresh- AMAZING!)
1L Orange Juice
1L Cranberry Cocktail
1L Ginger Ale or Lemon Lime Pop 
Orange Slices for garnish
Optional: Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream (for a dairy free option, coconut ice cream is to die for in this!)
To Make:
Mix all ingredients in a punch bowl with a shwack of ice; if using, scoop ice cream & float on top.
Garnish with orange slices
All ready to go!!!
This punch will make you feel like you’re on vacation so make sure you enjoy responsibly!

Yummy Mummy Monday: Festive Bevvies!

It’s time to let loose, unwind, and relax (at least once the kiddies are in bed!!!). Whether you are seeking a festive buzz or a non- alcoholic concoction this Christmas, I’ve got something to help you enjoy the Holidays! Bottoms up ladies!!! 😉 
Cookie Ice Cream Shots
Ingredients:
  • Two scoops of Christmas cookie ice cream (or break up sugar cookies & mix with vanilla or candy cane ice cream!)
  • White sprinkles
  • Syrup
  • 1 ounce white creme de cacao and 1 ounce creme de menthe (for alcoholic)
  • 5 drops of green food coloring and two ounces of milk (for non-alcoholic
To Make:
  • Rim the glasses, first by dipping in the syrup, then into the sprinkles- set aside and allow to set
  • In a blender, mix all other ingredients
  • Pour into glasses & serve with a festive straw or candy cane

Peppermint Ice Cream & Hot Chocolate Affogato
Ingredients: (serves 4)
  • 14-ounce can regular coconut milk
  • 14-ounce can light coconut milk
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups soy milk (or milk)
  • Irish cream liqueur (optional for alcoholic version)
  • Peppermint candies (a few for garnish)
To Make: 
  • A few hours prior to serving, make the ice cream: In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cans coconut milk, ½ cup honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 teaspoons peppermint extract. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker (or make it without the machine). When complete, freeze the ice cream for around 2 to 3 hours to obtain a hard texture. (You can also use pre- made ice cream!) 😉
  • In glass 2-cup measuring cup, place 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons honey, ¼ cup warm water and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (if using). Microwave for about 20 seconds to heat briefly, then whisk or stir together until combined.
  • Add a bit of the soy milk and whisk it in to temper the mixture. Once it is incorporated, add the remainder of the 2 cups of milk.
  • Microwave for 2½ to 3 minutes until hot, or for the stovetop method, heat the mixture over medium heat until hot, taking care that it does not boil.
  • To serve, crush the peppermint candies. Place a scoop or two of ice cream in a bowl or glass, then sprinkle with peppermint candies. At the table, pour hot chocolate & Irish cream liqueur  over the ice cream. Enjoy!
Blue Sparkling Star
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces orange infused vodka
  • 2 ounces blue curaçao
  • Champagne

To Make: 
  • Rim 2 champagne glasses with blue cocktail sugar
  • Pour 1 ounce orange infused vodka into each of the prepared champagne glasses
  • Pour 1 once blue curaçao into each into each of the prepared champagne glasses
  • Top up each glass with champagne

Sparkling Sangria

Ingredients:
  • Sparkling juice, lemon- lime soda, or carbonated water (depending how sweet you want it)
  • Orange juice
  • Apple slices
  • Orange slices
  • Frozen grapes
  • Peach schnapps (optional for alcoholic version)

To Make:
  • Mix the carbonated drink of your choice with the orange juice (and schnapps, if using)
  • Add orange & apple slices, and frozen grapes
  • Garnish with a candy citrus slice 

Yummy Mummy Recipe: Hot Apple Cider

I don’t think I need to say this, but it’s that cozy time of year. Time to curl up in front of a fire with a book and a cup of something warm & comforting. There’s so many delicious choices: coffee, tea, hot chocolate, steamed milk, apple cider….
This week I couldn’t resist brewing up a batch of cider. It just felt right. And the nice thing is you can spike it and no one will judge you for having some grown up juice in the afternoon!
This is my own recipe that I created by looking at a variety of sources and taking my favourite ingredients. It makes a strong cider with a rich flavour, but can be diluted for a milder version. Perfect for taking along for a crisp evening walk or relaxing in the cozy comforts of home.
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Yummy Mummy Recipe: Hot Apple Cider
Makes 8- 10 cups
Ingredients:
1 litre apple juice
1/2 cup each orang juice & cranberry juice (not cocktail)
3 cinnamon sticks
3 star of anise 
2 tbsp mulling spice
1 orange rind 
1 cup red wine (optional)
For a milder version, add an additional cup of apple juice or water.

Directions:
Pour all liquid into a large pot; put heat on high
Peel or grate the rind of 1 orange & add to pot
Add cinnamon sticks & all other spices. Tip: you can use a ball tea diffuser or cheesecloth sache for the grated orange rind & spices to save you from having to strain the cider when ready
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat & simmer for 1/2 hour.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick & enjoy!
If you are unable to find mulling spices pre- mixed, you can buy the individual spices and make your own signature blend. These typically include any or all of the following: allspice, cinnamon, cloves, star of anise, cardamon. Taste your cider as it brews to achieve the flavour you desire. I recommend starting with a stronger batch & diluting to taste, since this will keep the flavours balanced, rather than ending up with spicy apple juice 😉
Also, it is important to use pure cranberry juice not the cocktail because the cocktail lacks the rich flavour & tends to have a lot of added sugar. I stock up at Trader Joes when I go to the States- it’s the cheapest I’ve found and has great flavour. 

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