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Nothing refreshes like a nice warm (or cold) drink!

Cucumber Lemonade

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Recipe Source: slashfood.com

Ingredients:

2 English (hothouse) cucumbers
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 1/2 cups spring or filtered water
1 Simple Syrup or agave syrup

Directions:

Finely grate cucumbers into a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl. Drain the cucumber for 1 hour and collect the juices. Press on the cucumber pulp to extract any additional juice. Add lemon juice, water and syrup, if using, to the cucumber juice. Serve chilled or over ice.

Easy Strawberry Lemonade

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Recipe Source: aol.com

Ingredients:

1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
4 1/2 cups water
1 (10 ounce) package frozen strawberries, partially thawed

Directions:

In a large pitcher, mix together lemonade concentrate and water. Stir in strawberries.

Apple Pie Sparkler

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Recipe Source: Bert’s Kitchen Witch / recipezaar.com

Prep/Cooking Time: 3 min prep

Ingredients:

2 ounces rum (Apple-flavored, I used Bacardi Big Apple, but any Apple Vodka would work!)
1/2 ounce cinnamon schnapps (Any kind would do but I used Hot Damn)
6 ounces ginger ale

Directions:

Fill a tall “High Ball” glass with ice, and pour over the Apple Rum. Pour over the Cinnamon Schnapps. Top off with Ginger Ale.

Stir all together, and enjoy.

Electric Lemonade

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Recipe Source: Wesley Luttman / allrecipes.com

Prep/Cooking Time: 2 Min

Ingredients:

1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger citron vodka
1/2 fluid ounce Blue Curacao
2 fluid ounces sour mix
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
1 lemon – cut into wedges, for garnish

Directions:

Fill a Collins glass with ice. Pour in vodka, blue Curacao and sour mix. Fill to the top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with lemon wedge, and serve with straw.

Hot Mulled Cider

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Recipe Source: Slow Cooker Recipes

Ingredients:

1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. whole allspice
1 tsp. whole cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
Dash of ground nutmeg
3 inches stick cinnamon
2 qt. apple juice
Orange slices

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together. Heat and serve in crockpot.

Peppermint Punch

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Recipe Source: Christi R / allrecipes.com

Prep/Cooking Time: 5 Min

Ingredients:

1 quart peppermint ice cream
1 cup cold milk
2 liters ginger ale, chilled

Directions:

Place ice cream in a punch bowl, and allow to soften slightly. Blend in milk and ginger ale. Stir until frothy. Serve at once, or keep chilled until ready to serve.

Holiday Wassail

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Recipe Source: Famous Recipes (recipesrecipe.com)

Ingredients:

6 cups apple cider
2 1/2 cups apricot nectar
2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
1 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon whole cloves
4 whole allspice
3 (3-inch) sticks cinnamon

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Strain and discard spices. Serve hot.

Makes 3 quarts.

Dads’ Gather Around Christmas Punch

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Background:

“This is a great crowd pleaser punch. ‘Retro’ to youngsters but a staple at every Christmas party in my family since the early ’60’s. The ‘Dads’ gather around the punch bowl and ‘taste-test’ the first batch before anyone else is allowed to partake.”

Recipe Source: LabRescuer / allrecipes.com

Prep/Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 (750 milliliter) bottle vodka
1 (46 fluid ounce) can grapefruit juice
1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice
1 (2 liter) bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
2 trays ice cubes, or an ice ring

Directions:

In a swanky punch bowl (a MUST), combine the vodka, grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, lemon-lime soda and ice, or ice ring. This punch is too good for the little punch glasses that come with the punch bowl so use your highball glasses, stand around the punch bowl and have a good time!

Rum Punch

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Recipe Source: MawMaw (Recipe from a newspaper clipping from The Daily Review, Morgan City, LA – December 10, 1975.)

Prep/Cooking Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 1/2 fifth Jamaican Rum
6 ounces pineapple juice
10 ounces orange juice
10 ounces lemon or lime juice
1 1 /2 quart ginger ale or club soda
lemon or lime slices
strawberries

Directions:

Into a large punch bowl place the Jamaican Rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and lemon or lime juice. Let the mixture steep for one hour. Before serving, add the ginger ale or club soda. Decorate with the lemon or lime slices and strawberries. Place a cake of ice or several trays of ice in the punch and serve.

Amaretto

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Recipe Source: Marjory / allrecipes.com

Prep/Cooking Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups vodka
2 tablespoons almond extract
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

Combine water and sugars in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until the mixture is boiling, and all of the sugar is dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.

Stir vodka, almond extract and vanilla extract into the mixture. Store in a sealed bottle.

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