In an era when Spice overload has reached epidemic proportions, I’ve decided to take a look at the different ways that you can make the holiday season feel a little less like a circus.
And by “feel” I mean “get to know the other people in your household.”
To that end, I’m going to start by talking about how you can spice up your holiday party or gathering with spices, both in the food and drink categories.
Spice can be a great way to add variety to a party or event, or as an appetizer to a dinner party.
But in the spirit of a “spice up your life” guide, I’ll share some tips for making your holiday season even more fun and exciting with a little help from spice.
Spice up your food in a food-loving way: When it comes to food, spices are everywhere.
In fact, there are more spices than you can count on your fingers.
Some people use them as a garnish, while others use them to flavor their meals.
And some people use spices to accentuate a dish, like a curry or sweet potato.
It doesn’t matter which way you use spices, all of them are wonderful additions to your meals.
Spice your drink: The ultimate holiday beverage, especially for a hot summer night, can only be found in the kitchen.
Whether you’re going for a cocktail party, a BBQ or even a party, your holiday meal or gathering should have something to draw you in.
I know that I don’t have to tell you how much I love my pumpkin pie and my chocolate cake.
These two simple ingredients pair so well to add a nice twist to any meal.
Spice it up in the dessert section: While there are many delicious desserts out there, spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves can be an amazing addition to your holiday menu.
Make your holidays extra sweet with a homemade cookie or brownie.
Or even add a little spice to your vanilla ice cream.
Or you can even spice up a vanilla cake for a holiday dinner party, or bake some chocolate chip cookies and chocolate ice cream!
Spice things up in cocktails: Mixing drinks is always fun, but adding some spice to an already delicious cocktail can really make it shine.
If you want to spice up cocktails, try adding a dash of cinnamon to your Bloody Mary, a dash or two of vanilla extract to your rum, or even sprinkle a few of your favorite spices in your ice cream for a tasty twist on the classic.
Spice something up in desserts: A favorite holiday dessert is the whipped cream that you serve up at your family’s Christmas party or holiday celebration.
Add some spice in the form of cinnamon or nutmeg to your strawberry shortcake, or add a dash to your orange sherbet.
You can even use a dollop of nutmeg or cinnamon powder to add some fun spice to a dessert that is otherwise just plain vanilla ice-cream.
Spice the food in the cocktail section: If you’re like me and love mixing up the drinks on your holiday dinner or gathering, spice up the meal with some fun spices.
Try adding a pinch of cinnamon, cloves, or a few sprigs of thyme to your pumpkin pie.
Or if you don’t want to be tempted to add spices to your favorite drinks, spice them up in some of the holiday cocktails below.
Spice everything up in a dessert: If there’s a particular dish you’re really looking forward to pairing with spices in, you can always spice up it with some of your other favorite foods.
Just don’t forget to add the spice when you serve the dish to the guests!
Spice a cocktail with a spice of your choice: If a particular cocktail doesn’t sound like your style, spice it up with a few different spices in the beverage section.
Add a dash in your bourbon and a splash of cinnamon in your rum.
Or, spice things up with cloves in your orange maraschino cherry rum, ginger, and peppermint in your vodka, or ginger, cinnamon, and orange peel in your cranberry juice.
Spice all the food sections of your Thanksgiving dinner: There are tons of great Thanksgiving dinners out there that are made with spices.
If your guests are feeling festive, spice the food section up with cinnamon and cloves.
Or add some spice for a turkey-egg stuffing dinner.
And if you want something a little more festive, add a few spices to a turkey dinner or party with your favorite ingredients like pumpkin pie or chocolate chip cookie dough.
Spice some holiday cocktails: If your party or dinner is a little on the spicy side, spice your drinks with spices of your choosing.
Mix up a few cocktails with cinnamon, ginger and pepper.
Or spice up something a bit more festive with pumpkin pie, ginger beer, or orange sherbets.
And of course, spice everything up with chocolate chips or brownies to finish off your meal.
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