Sunday, April 7, 2013


Spring is in the air, and with it brings celebrations, one that is on my list is a graduation party! My son is graduating from college...Cum Laude! I am so proud of him and his accomplishments! Here are a few ideas I am considering, of course they will be alcohol free so I will adapt as needed!

Inspired by a Perfect Manhattan Cocktail!

1 bottle Holland House Manhattan Mix
1 cup Holland House Martini Mix
1 qt bourban
2 bottle (28oz each) gingerale chilled
1 jar (8oz) maraschino cherries, drained
3 lemons, thinly sliced
pour Manhattan and Martini Mixes, bourbon * and ginger ale over ice in punch bowl Stir lightly. Garnish with fruit. * may substitute lemonade for bourbon*
YIELDS: 30 servings

a tomato-flavored dip that's delicious with crackers, potatoe chips or raw vegetables.
2 envelopes Holland House Bloody Mary Mix
1 pkg (3oz) cream cheese softened
1/2 pint sour cream
1 tbs chopped chives or 1/8 tsp basil or dill
Combine Bloody Mary Mix with cream cheese and sour cream. Add herbs if desired.
Yields: 1 cup

a zesty wine punch with the flavor of a Spanish favorite
4 envelopes Holland House Instand Screwdriver Mix
1 cup water
1 cup Holland House Apricot Sour Mix
1/2 gallon dry red wine (Burgandy or Merlot)*
1 can (16 oz) sliced peaches
peel of large orange, cut in spiral
1 Bottle (28 oz) lemon soda, chilled
dissolve Screwdriver Mix in water in a punch bowl. Stir in Apricot sour Mix, wine and peaches with syrup; add orange peel. Chill. Add soda at serving time; stir lightly.* to make a non alcohol version I would substitute the wine with 1/2 cranberry or grape juice and 1/2 tea.
YIELDS: 30 servings.

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