As pumpkin season comes to a sad close, PeanutPimpMama finds herself seeking new inspiration for blogging. With big plans ahead to bake the ultimate Christmas Cuppies, the days of holiday preparation have been filled with tree decorating, shopping, way too much eating, lots and lots of quality family time and even some ugly sweater merchandising! A couple of beverages made these moments complete and definitely deserve a mention. After all, ‘Tis the Season to be jolly! Nothing spreads jolly-ness like holiday-spirits!
My friend Jackie and I have known each other since we were 9. Over the years she has spent a lot of time at our house and many Christmas seasons adorning our tree. This year we had a very special helper (her beautiful baby Claire). She is so cute I almost can’t stand it.
In honor of our tree decorating ceremony we ordered pizza from our favorite local pizza parlor, opened up a nice bottle of vino and I prepared some delightful Twining’s Luxury Drinking Chocolate with Crème de menthe and mini marshmallows. What a delightful experience! The full milk combined with rich chocolately powdered cocoa and minty liqueur tasted exactly like a Girl Scout Thin Mint. Please do try this at home! (Shout out to all y’all Americans that think you know how to say the name of this brand… How to say Twining’s )
The tasty find (pictured above) was discovered at my local liquor store which seems to pride itself on an extensive selection of micro-brews and fine Belgian-Ales. (Go Johnathan Ron wines and liquors!) I decided to give it a go based on Shipyard’s notable Pumpkin Stout which seems to inhabit every bar during the Halloween season. While it’s not my favorite of Pumpkin ales the micro-brewery has a solid reputation and it just so happens this delightful chocolate stout contains 9% alcohol and has notes of coffee and licorice which dance on your tongue! It also brings luck to games of “Left Right and Center” at ugly sweater parties.
To celebrate the winnings I decided to mosey on over to the beverage station. The hostess with the mostess(t) added cranberries and mint to our flutes! So cute. I’m a big fan of cranberries in general and their magical healing powers. The mint was refreshing and the cranberries added that little touch of holiday flare, both surprisingly complimentary to Brut Moët.
Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!
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