Holidays are such an exciting and stimulating time. Our senses are always fully engaged and that is what really sparks the festive mood. The scent of those freshly baked cookies coming out of the oven, the seasonal candles burning, diffuser aromatherapy, and the smell of that fresh layer of snow that has just fallen never gets old. Meanwhile our eyes light up at the sight of classic holiday décor. Shinning lights and the colors of the seasonal produce such as cranberries, pomegranates, and mandarin oranges make our palates dance. Winter arrangements and crafts using fresh cut pine and herbs such as rosemary are so appropriate and invigorating. Everything is sparkling, magical, and inspiring.
Although winter is not the most liked season, we cannot deny its strong sense of comfort and generous spirit it brings forth over the holidays. With each snowfall, we grow accustomed to the frigid temperatures and brave the outside world with excitement. Sleigh rides, coffee dates, and skating adventures are always anticipated at this time of year. Somehow, the tasteful and relaxing carols and the sound of the hustle and bustle leading up to the New Year always manage to balance each other out.
Remembering to enjoy the little things is the hardest part of the holiday season. It seems to pass us by in the blink of an eye. We need to focus on the things that matter. Enjoy that extra quality time with family and friends. Engage, converse, and catch up with loved ones. Hold our significant other’s hand under the magic of a snowfall. Put the phone down and tickle our children. Read more stories with them. Teach them what this festive time really means to us, our families, and our specific culture and/or religion. Savour each and every bite and sip of every food and beverage we indulge in. Host parties with a welcoming attitude and attend the ones we were invited to with gratitude.
And only if you have time, make this celebratory recipe. It is full of nature’s festivity and holiday flavour. Make it for that party you are planning to host. Make it just for you and your soul mate to enjoy on the couch as you cuddle up and watch Love Actually for the 10th time. Make it for yourself to sip on as you make your favourite holiday treats for all of the special people in your life. Cheers to you reader, I am wishing you the very best this holiday season.
*Makes 1 generous batch (I highly recommend doubling the recipe for a larger party)
- 1 red apple, chopped matchstick style
- 1 green apple, chopped matchstick style
- 2 cups cranberries
- 1/4 cup of coconut palm sugar or organic cane sugar
- 1 rosemary sprig
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 bottle of your favourite pinot grigio white wine
- ¾ cup organic white grape juice
- 1.5 cups of club soda
- Best results come with preparing the recipe the night before serving. Mix all ingredients except for the club soda together and let set in the fridge overnight.
- When ready to serve, add the club soda to the pitcher and give it a generous stir.