Christmas Punch

This is the punch recipe that my grandmother and mother would use whenever hosting a party at Christmas. You could absolutely use it year round, but it is somewhat of a Christmas tradition in my family. I made it myself for the first time this year for my holiday party and I had forgotten just how good it is.

  • 46 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 46 oz Hawaiian Punch
  • 1 quart Ginger Ale
  • 1 quart cranberry juice

Before serving, make sure all of the ingredients are well chilled. I don’t like to add ice, so this is a pretty crucial step. Combine and stir into the serving bowl or jar of your choice.


Homemade Hot Chocolate

My husband found this recipe for me on Pinterest as a surprise and made it for me.  We were both impressed with how smooth and flavorful it was, but easy at the same time. The recipe and photo come from the blog, This recipe makes 2 small mugs of hot chocolate, but could easily be doubled or tripled.

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • whipped cream (optional, but highly recommended)
  • peppermint baking chips (also optional, but really delicious)

Combine cocoa, sugar and hot water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Add in the milk and heat through, do not boil. Remove from heat and stir well.  Top with whipped cream and peppermint chips.