14 Nov

Weekly Round-Up + Holiday Drink Guide Sneak Peek

caramel apple martini

Can you believe we’re already mid-November?! Thanksgiving and Christmas are only weeks away! We’re working on a bunch of holiday content at HWTM right now… new Christmas/Holiday and New Year’s party themes, recipes, and gift guides are in the works… stay tuned!

One thing I’m especially excited about is an extensive new Holiday Drink Guide that will launch on our website next week… complete with photos for every recipe! Sonny {a.k.a. husband} has been busy playing bartender in our kitchen, and my simple role as official taste-tester has been oh-so-fine with me! One of the cocktails is pictured above… a rich & creamy Caramel Apple Martini. {full recipe after the jump}

And now on to a recap of what’s been happening here and around the web this week:

Thanksgiving Inspiration: Festive Florals & Colorful Details
Win it: $100 Shopping Spree at Charming Cards!
Smart Thinking: Entertaining on a Budget – Part 2… over at Simply Stated
Holiday Decorating: fun & modern Ribbon-inspired Decor
Real Party Feature: Retro-Chic Bridal Shower
New from InStyle Weddings: first edition of What’s Hot in Weddings on the Web
Gift Guide: Cool Gift Ideas for The Wine Lover {by Kim Vallee}
Shout-out: Congrats to Jane of This Week for Dinner on her first guest post over at RealSimple.com: 5 Steps to Planning Thanksgiving Dinner
Save the Date(s): Dates for the Boston and L.A. Hip Hostess events are tentatively set: January 15 for Boston and February 5th for L.A. (Boston was originally planned for December, but everything just got too hectic! We have something cool planned for January though!)

Coming up next week: New Real Party Features – (including one that should appeal to High School Musical fans!), fabulous (and long overdue!) guest posts by Project Nursery, Houses, Couches & Babies, and Joy by Mel Lim, the Holiday Drink Guide, Thanksgiving recipes, and more. Stay tuned!

{Get the Caramel Apple Recipe after the jump…!}


Caramel Apple Martini

1 ounce green apple-flavored vodka
1/2 ounce apple schnapps
1 ounce butterscotch liqueur
2 ounces half and half

Caramel sauce for the glass
Apple slice

Combine vodka, apple schnapps, butterscotch liqueur and half and half in a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass rimmed with caramel sauce, and garnish with an apple slice. Enjoy!


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Heidi SAYS:

This caramel apple martini looks incredible and would be perfect to serve at your fall wedding theme. (TGIF)

November 14, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Veronica SAYS:

Hooray! My girlfriends and I have dubbed ourselves the Martini Divas. We are compiling our Divalicious Martini Recipe Book and would love to complete Vol I before Christmas! Can’t wait!

November 14, 2008 at 3:04 pm

littleantdesign.blogspot.com/ SAYS:

Can’t wait for the LA event – I’m getting it on my calendar now.

November 14, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Michelle SAYS:

seriously, where does the time go? Love the apply martini and can’t wait to make drinks during the holidays! (It’s the only thing that keeps me sane at the in-laws!)

November 15, 2008 at 4:50 am

Suzanne B. (Crunchy Green Mom) SAYS:

That looks amazing! I need to look through your alcoholic drink pages, I’ve got a New Years eve party coming and I need to get ready..

(Ohhh… I’ve got a Yule celebration Dec. 21st Any cool tips on making a Yule Log??)

November 15, 2008 at 2:58 pm

chellybella SAYS:

Yummy, now I have to make sure to have a carmel apple martini at Thanksgiving. That looks totally delicious! It makes me want to go in th ekitchen and make one right now,.

November 15, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Madelyn @ Southern Weddings SAYS:

How Delicious! This makes me ready to throw a holiday party and serve this delicious drink!

November 17, 2008 at 9:04 am


Here are some more yummyholiday drink recipes from Nutrisoda…

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and entertaining! This season, Minneapolis-based Nutrisoda has a new addition to the holiday favorites; add a little spice to the usual cocktail menu, a little something to light your fire.

Nutrisoda’s Good Apple/Naughty Apple elixir is an excellent way to enjoy any party, regardless your age. This holiday mocktail/cocktail is not only delicious, but is much healthier than your standard eggnog/brandy and taste better too.
The Good Apple, a delicious blend of black cherry + apple flavored Flex Nutrisoda and apple cider, will have any child begging for more. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and add champagne, and the adults will toast the night away with a Naughty Apple as we countdown to 2009.

If you’re looking to take the party to the next level, another delicious holiday concoction is Nutrisoda’s MistleTini which is a festive mix of tangerine + lime Immune Nutrisoda, gin and crème de menthe.

Nutrisoda is a health oriented beverage filled with vitamins, amino acids, minerals to keep your body strong and on the move. Nutrisoda beverages contain zero sugar, carbohydrates, fat, or sodium and come in 8 different varieties that can be found nationwide and online at http://www.nutrisoda.com.

Good Apple
• 1 part Flex
• 1 part apple cider
Serve on the rocks in a highball and garnish with a fresh cinnamon stick.

Naughty Apple
• 1 part Flex
• 1 part apple cider
• 1 part champagne
• 1 cinnamon stick for garnish
Serve on the rocks in a highball and garnish with a fresh cinnamon stick.

• 2 shots gin
• 1 shot lime juice
• ½ shot Sugar Syrup
• Splash of green Crème de Menthe
Shake first four ingredients with ice and strain into a martini or ice-filled highball. Top off with cold Immune Nutrisoda, stir and garnish with a cherry.

December 16, 2008 at 11:39 am
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