Sips for the season

Posted on Nov 23 2020 in Features
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Leftover wine leads to slushy fun: Do you have some leftover white wine in your refrigerator from Thanksgiving? Don’t let it go to waste. Use it to make White Wine Slush. To prepare, place in a blender 2 cups semi-dry to sweet white wine, 1 pint fresh or 10 oz. frozen strawberries, 1 (6 oz.) container frozen lemonade, and 8-10 ice cubes. Blend ingredients together and serve.

Low fat eggnog keeps the holiday pounds down: During this time of the year, many of us want to enjoy our favorite holiday foods without gaining extra pounds. Try this recipe for Low Fat Eggnog for a delicious, calorie-conscious alternative to the traditional recipe. To prepare, in a medium saucepan (or bowl if you plan to use the microwave), heat 6 cups skim milk, 1 cup egg substitute and sweetener or sugar to taste (keep in mind that sugar has more calories than sweetener). Stir continuously if using the stove or every minute if using the microwave. Heat and stir until the mixture thickens slightly — enough that it coats the back of a spoon. Stir in  2 t. vanilla, 2 t. run extract, 2 pinches of nutmeg and 2 pinches of cinnamon. Remove from heat (or microwave). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the eggnog has cooled (at least 3 hours). Just before serving, ladle the eggnog into glasses and garnish each with a sprinkle of ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon. Serves 6.

Ring in the New Year with a punch: If you’re planning a New Year’s Eve celebration and want a non-alcoholic beverage on hand, Lemon Lime Punch will do the trick. To make, combine in a punch bowl: 2 quarts water, 2 cups sugar and 2 envelopes unsweetened lemon-lime soft drink mix. Stir until dissolved. Stir in 1 can (46 oz.) pineapple juice. Refrigerate until chilled. Just before serving, stir in 1 liter of chilled ginger ale. Top with scoops from 1 quart of lime sherbet.