FUN, NONALCOHOLIC DRINKS FOR ANY HOLIDAY PARTY Of the many seasonal traditions that sweep our nation, few are as creative, delicious, and satisfying as building your very own gingerbread house. Whether you’re looking to create a simple table decoration or bake a tasty treat to nibble on, everyone can enjoy this holiday activity! The Origins of Gingerbread Ginger was first cultivated in ancient China, then traded into medieval Europe. There, Europeans incorporated it into culinary traditions and used it to bake cookies into elaborate shapes and works of art, including figures of animals and people. The Joy of a Gingerbread House The gingerbread house first appeared in the early 19th century in Germany. Although historians don’t know an exact date, it’s speculated that it gained popularity around the same time that “Hansel and Gretel,” the popular fairy tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm, was published. The Largest Gingerbread House In 2013, the world record for the largest gingerbread house in the world was broken. The house, topping out at 21 feet and covering 2,520 square feet, was built by Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas, to raise Cocktails and other festive drinks can make your holiday parties more enjoyable, but friends and family who can’t (or don’t) drink may feel left out. Instead of just offering them water or whatever else is in your fridge, why not have a fun nonalcoholic option ready just in case? For kids, designated drivers, and otherwise sober party guests, try a couple of these tasty, alcohol-free party drinks. Cider, Thyme, and Tonic Mocktail Fizzy, fruity, and beautifully garnished, this drink incorporates some of the best flavors of Yuletide in a small glass. Nonalcoholic apple cider takes center stage in a Nutcracker ballet of flavors that also includes lemon and thyme simple syrup. You can garnish this drink with a sprig of thyme and extra slices of lemon as needed. Candy Crush Mocktails This drink is a fun option for any party with kiddos running around. By combining sparkling fruit juice and a favorite candy like gummy bears or rock candy in a plastic champagne flute, you can give kids a way to feel included in any toasts that might come up. Plus, if you use light- colored juice, you can watch as the dye from the candy creates eye catching hues in the glass. No Alcohol Needed
money for a local Level II trauma center. To construct the house, builders created a recipe that required 1,800 pounds of butter, 2,925 pounds of brown sugar, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour, 1,080 ounces of ground ginger, and a few additional ingredients. Build Your Own! While you don’t have to challenge yourself to beat the Guinness World Record, you can still have fun creating your very own gingerbread village. Starting your gingerbread house from scratch can be a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy. Give the kids a chance to mix the ingredients, roll out the dough, and set out plenty of candies and frostings to use, and remember to have fun! If you’re looking for unique gingerbread house ideas, take a look at 20 gingerbread house ideas at TasteofHome.com/collection/ gingerbread-houses.
Homemade Eggnog This end-of-year favorite tastes like the holiday season distilled down to its essence. It’s sweet, creamy, and best enjoyed chilled. Many times, this drink is prepared with whiskey or rum mixed in, but virgin eggnog still tastes fantastic. It might not leave you with that warm feeling in your belly, but the rich taste of cinnamon and nutmeg will still leave your taste buds satisfied.
The roads during any holiday season can be dangerous, and you shouldn’t have to choose between safety and fun at your holiday parties this year. By offering alcohol-free alternatives, you can do your part to prevent tragic accidents during the most wonderful time of the year. For the exact recipes of these drinks and more, go online and check out the lists of the holiday season’s best nonalcoholic drinks.
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