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:
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!)
I was recently reminded that Jane Austen refers to syllabub, so here's recipe for the kind you drink:
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.
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.
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!
My favorite holiday beverage is the champagne cocktail. It’s easy to make, delicious, and very festive.
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 Alexander, Grace Burrowes, Vanessa Kelly, Theresa Romain. And even more great holiday reads can be found at RT's Everything Romance Page!