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Morton’s Holiday Cocktail Recipe

Morton's Holiday Cocktail Recipe

Tylor Field, III, VP of Wine and Spirits for Morton’s The Steakhouse, gives you the ‘how to’ for our 2010 holiday cocktail, the ‘Sparkling Sleigh Ride.’ The correct recipe includes ¾ oz Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Liqueur, ¾ oz Tuaca,1 oz Cranberry Juice, Lunetta Prosecco and a Mint Leaf. Pour the Luxardo, Tuaca and Cranberry Juice into Champagne Flute. Top with Prosecco and garnish with a fresh mint sprig. Enjoy it at home or in any of our domestic Morton’s locations throughout the holiday season! Cheers!

The Finest Exports: Cuban Cigars, Coffee And Rum On Your Havana Holiday

Article by Emma Lelliott

For many, the main attraction of Cuba multi centre holidays are limited to diving, horse riding, city tours and of course beach relaxation, but have you ever considered making the island’s main exports – Cuban rum, coffee and the legendary cigars an attraction in their own right? For most, Cuban coffee, rum and cigars are just products to be picked up from duty free, or off street vendors to be taken home as souvenirs, but they can also be an integral part of your Cuba itinerary.

Have you ever wanted to wander through the fertile Vuelta Abajo tobacco fields, or see how the rum from your Mojito was born? Read on to discover how you can get closer to the Cuban coffee, rum and cigars on your trip.

Cuban cigars

Aside from its revolutionary history, Cuban cigars are what the island is best known for. Casual observers will probably be unaware that all Cuban cigars do not have similar properties, however. Like France’s various wine regions, which allow for different characteristics from the grapes, Cuba’s different cigar regions create a very different smoke from each source.

As well as seeing where the Cuban cigar tobacco is grown first hand, those on holiday in Havana can arrange to tour an actual factory where the products are rolled! Cuban cigars are still rolled traditionally by hand, and visitors will also be able to take in one of the oldest traditions – as the manager reads to the workers from the latest newspaper.

Finally, of course, buying the cigars you have just witnessed being produced is a delightful little pleasure. You can be sure the same level of attention laboured on the factory floor is in every puff you inhale! It’s possible to follow the tobacco from its entire journey – plant to box – on a Cuba multi centre holiday.

Cuban coffee

Cuba has been producing world class coffee for over two centuries, but the product has struggled to match the international recognition of the island’s cigars and rum. Cuba’s coffee is actually a distinctly underrated commodity, and has a flavour to match the excitement and passion of the island’s people.

Touring Cuba’s coffee plantations gives you a real insight into the care that goes into creating an aromatic and rich product. The fertile Caribbean soils and warm sunshine ensure that the beans are rich, full bodied and flavourful by the time they reach your cup. This is an excellent product to take home with you, as Cuba’s coffee beans are not widely available outside the island.

Cuban Rum

Made from distilling the products of local sugar cane, aged for up to 15 years, getting the perfect drink of Cuban rum is an art that’s been perfected by the islanders over the last 130-odd years. Matusalem rum, first produced 132 years ago and still made by the same family has the right philosophy. The name Matusalem comes from the Biblical figure of Mathuselah, who lived to 969 years old – a wry commentary on the desired age of the perfect cask.

Other brands offer various different experiences, and it’s worth sampling a few to find a favoured brand. Varadero rum is made from sugarcane near south coast resort, and boasts a dark, sweet, caramel style flavour. Havana Club’s various varieties, on the other hand keeps the sweet tones of the sugar with a slight hint of vanilla and the suggestion of wood spice or tobacco from the barrels. Sampling the various flavours and varieties – either in cocktails or neat, is amongst our favourites of Cuba’s activities!

One Cuba itinerary highlight vital for those on a Havana holiday is the Havana rum museum, which will provide a fascinating insight into the history of this famous drink, as well as providing free samples of the finished product to help you make your mind up over which variety is right for you!

So alongside the various Cuba activities that you travel to the island just to do, consider looking deeper into the production of tobacco, rum and coffee. Exploring the island’s most popular exports is a fascinating and memorable part of any Cuba multi centre holiday.

Wonderful New Drinks Warm Your Home Bar this Holiday Season

Article by Ben Weissman

As the holidays approach everyone is looking for new drinks to serve to family and friends. At the same time those who have a home bar are looking to refurbish and modernize their bar stools just in time to begin their holiday entertaining. It’s the time to look around and price those wood bar stools so that you can have them in time for holiday entertaining. At the same time the new holiday drink recipes are coming out for your reading pleasure. It’s the best time to look through all of the recipes while you are also preparing to replace or refurbish your old bar stools.

If you’re going to choose wood bar stools, you have to make sure the wood grain and color match your bar. Though you don’t have to choose ones that match your bar exactly, you do want to make sure the wood tint is as close to the color of the bar as possible. For example, if your bar is a dark wood, you don’t want to choose stools that are a blond wood. Add the new stools to your new choice of warm holiday drinks for an atmosphere that is both homey and full of holiday cheer.

When you think of warm holiday drinks, many people think of hot chocolate, but there are also many others such as flavored coffees and cappuccino in holiday flavors such as pumpkin and ginger. Of course, Irish coffee is always a great addition to any holiday faire. Regardless of what drinks you are serving your guests are sure to want to take some time to sit on one of your contemporary bar stools while they enjoy chatting with other guests at the party.

Your window shopping may also include a look at some metal bar stools if not specifically for the bar as an addition to the bar stools you already have. When there is a big party, it’s always good to make sure you have some stools for those who may prefer a stool to a chair or for extra guests who just may drop in. During the holidays you will always find you have more guests show up than you invited?not because they are trying to crash your party but because they were in the area and decided to stop in and say hello. Preparing for those holiday parties ahead doesn’t mean you have to spend a great deal of money. You can buy discount bar stools and prepare the lower cost holiday drinks. To save any more money you can ask your guests to contribute a drink of their choice or bring a recipe with the ingredients to make their special concoction for everyone to enjoy. While many people choose to spare no expense for holiday parties, there is no need to spend more than is necessary. Choosing only those things that will fit within your budget will make your holiday parties enjoyable while still allowing you to stay within the terms of your budget restraints.

For those great parties on a cold night, Whattodrink has a great recipe for Adult Hot Chocolate. Be sure to keep this separated from those under legal drinking age because it contains alcohol.

Ingredients: 1 cup Hot Cocoa, 1-1/2 ounces Peppermint Schnapps, 1 tbs whipped cream,

Mix the Hot Cocoa and the Schnapps in a warm coffee mug and top with whipped cream for a warm holiday drink that will fit right in with your party.

Non-Alcoholic Holiday Drink Recipes : Caroling Cup Drink Recipe

Make popular holiday drinks for yourself, family, and friends! Learn how to make this Caroling Cup Drink recipe with expert tips in this free video. Expert: Kelly Blanco Bio: Kelly Blanco grew up helping her parents in the kitchen of the restaurant they owned. Filmmaker: Wesley Summers
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Non-Alcoholic Holiday Drink Recipes : Spicy Cheer Drink Recipe

Make delicious drinks for friends and family this holiday season! Learn how to make this Spicy Cheer Drink recipe with expert tips in this free video. Expert: Kelly Blanco Bio: Kelly Blanco grew up helping her parents in the kitchen of the restaurant they owned. Filmmaker: Wesley Summers
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Non-Alcoholic Holiday Drink Recipes : Spiced Punch Recipe

Make popular holiday drinks for yourself, family, and friends! Learn how to make this non-alcoholic Spiced Punch Drink recipe with expert tips in this free video. Expert: Kelly Blanco Bio: Kelly Blanco grew up helping her parents in the kitchen of the restaurant they owned. Filmmaker: Wesley Summers
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Non-Alcoholic Holiday Drink Recipes : Cranberry Celebration Drink Recipe

Make popular holiday drinks for yourself, family, and friends! Learn how to make this Cranberry Celebration Drink recipe with expert tips in this free video. Expert: Kelly Blanco Bio: Kelly Blanco grew up helping her parents in the kitchen of the restaurant they owned. Filmmaker: Wesley Summers