Cocktail of the Week: Southern Cider aka The Barn Burner!

Barn Burner
I always serve hot, spiced apple cider at Thanksgiving — adding a little southern spirit will spice up your holiday. I hope everyone out there has a wonderful Thanksgiving and is thankful for all the big and small things we have to celebrate in life.Hot, Spiced Apple Cider*
1 ½ oz Southern Comfort (per 6oz serving of Cider)
Cinnamon Sticks
Lemon Wedges
Add hot Spiced Apple Cider to a mug or Irish coffee glass, for a small glass add 1oz Southern Comfort, for a larger glass (6oz or more) add 1 ½ oz Southern Comfort. Squeeze the juice of one lemon wedge into your drink and add the wedge to the cup. Stir with a Cinnamon stick and leave the stick in as garnish and for additional flavor.

Use any Spiced Cider recipe you like or try this: Pour ½ gallon of cider (or more) in a large pot, add 1 Tablespoon Cloves, 4 – 6 cinnamon sticks, 1 Tablespoon minced, fresh ginger, ½ teaspoon of grated nutmeg, 1 teaspoon allspice. Feel free to play with the spice mixture and season to your taste. Bring cider to a simmer and lightly simmer for 10 more minutes before serving.

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Cocktail of the Week: Pumpkin Martini

PumpkinMartiniSeems like there is always some pumpkin puree left over when making pies. Here’s a great recipe that will use up that leftover puree, in fact you may need to make some extra!

4oz Vodka
2oz Heavy Cream (you can substitute light cream or half and half)
2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Puree
1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Ground Cinnamon
Ground Nutmeg
(Makes 2)

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add Vodka, Cream, Pumpkin Puree, Maple Syrup and Vanilla Extract. Cover and shake well. Strain as you pour into two chilled martini glasses. Sprinkle the tops with Ground Cinnamon and Ground Nutmeg. Also tasty served on the rocks.

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Cocktail of the Week: Spiced Cranberry Martini

Spiced Cranberry MartiniCocktail of the Week: Spiced Cranberry Martini
Get into the holiday spirit with this simple but spicy cranberry cocktail!

5oz Cranberry Juice
3oz Absolut Citron – or your favorite lemon flavored Vodka
1/2oz Ginger Syrup*
A Splash of Cointreau or another orange flavored liquor
Fresh Cranberries and Lemon Twists for garnish
Makes 2

Fill a shaker with ice, add Vodka, Ginger Syrup a splash of Cointreau and Cranberry Juice. Shake well and strain as you pour into two chilled martini glass. Garnish with Fresh Cranberries and a Lemon Twist. Sip and enjoy!

*To make Ginger Syrup, put ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water and 1/3 cup peeled and sliced fresh ginger into a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved and then simmer on low for 30 minutes. Strain syrup and discard Ginger (or save for another use). Let Syrup cool before mixing into cocktails. Store Ginger Syrup in a tightly closed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Party Tip: Welcome Bags

Philly Welcome Bag

Party Tip: Welcome Bags

Welcome bags are not just for weddings and trade shows — make your guests feel at home for any important event. Whatever the occasion, be sure to provide an itinerary for your event including useful information on transportation and area tourist attractions. Local treats and souvenirs are always interesting and appreciated. Items specific to your celebration are especially delightful; heel protectors for grassy outdoor weddings, umbrellas for spring showers, foot pads and food cream are great ways to let business associates know you care at your next big trade show. Li Halpern Events can help you to create a special package for the people you care about.

Cocktail of the Week: Pamplemousse

PamplemousseCocktail of the Week: Pamplemousse
After a long and exciting week, it is time for a relaxing and refreshing cocktail. Flavored with Gin, Elderflower and Grapefruit, the Pamplemousse is great for brunch or anytime!

1 ½ oz Dry Gin
3/4 oz St. Germain
1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2 oz Pink Grapefruit Juice
Basil Leaf for garnish

Fill a shaker with ice, Gin, St. Germain, Lemon Juice and Grapefruit Juice. Shake well and strain as you pour into a chilled glass. Top with a Basil Leaf. Sip and enjoy!

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