Four Historical Romance Authors Throw A Holiday Party!

What happens when four romance writers get together? They throw a party! Victoria Alexandra, Grace Burrowes, Vanessa Kelly and Theresa Romain are all celebrating their holiday book releases by bringing on the cheer in the form of fruity libations. Today each author shares her favorite holiday drink to sip while reading a holiday romance:


 Victoria Alexander, author of What Happens at Christmas:  

I toast Christmas with Pomegranate Champagne Punch. Gorgeous color and very yummy! Ho, ho, ho! 

Pomegranate Champagne Punch

Pour equal parts pomegranate juice and prosecco into champagne flute

Add a splash of orange liqueur (Grand Marnier is perfect!)



Grace Burrowes, author of Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight:  

I was recently reminded that Jane Austen refers to syllabub, so here's recipe for the kind you drink:

Syllabub Cocktail

1 cup heavy (whipping) cream

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup white wine

juice of one fresh large lemon

grated zest of one fresh large lemon 

cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves for garnish

lemon slices for garnish 

Additional white wine (remainder of a bottle)  

Whip cream to soft peaks, fold in sugar, 1/4 cup wine, lemon juice, and lemon zest. If you want to serve this as a parfait, portion into (six) dessert cups, garnish with lemon slices and spices. For a drink, mix in the rest of the wine to taste, garnish, and serve as punch for about eight people. This recipe has been around at least since the 17th century in various forms and is frequently mentioned as a holiday treat. 


Theresa Romain, author of Season for Surrender:  

During the Regency, "snapdragon" was a popular holiday game. Instead of bobbing for apples, guests would try to pluck raisins from a bowl of flaming brandy punch! A Chocolate Snapdragon cocktail doesn't include raisins or flame, but it would make a great dessert cocktail for your holiday party. 

Chocolate Snapdragon

1/2 oz. dark creme de cacao

1 oz. peppermint schnapps

6 oz. hot chocolate

This warm drink can be served in a coffee cup or mug. Top it with whipped cream if you want something even sweeter!


Vanessa Kelly, author of His Mistletoe Bride:  

My favorite holiday beverage is the champagne cocktail. It’s easy to make, delicious, and very festive.  

Champagne Cocktail

Place one sugar cube in a cocktail glass (I prefer the champagne flute) 

Soak the cube with two or three drops of bitters.  

Pour in the chilled champagne and garnish with an orange peel. 

Yum! Much better than some of those Regency holiday drinks like Wassail, which would sometimes be topped with a slice of toast!”


For more information about these authors' holiday books, you can visit their group website here. And to find out what's next for each author, click on links to their individual websites: Victoria AlexanderGrace BurrowesVanessa KellyTheresa Romain. And even more great holiday reads can be found at RT's Everything Romance Page!