Saturday, November 29, 2008


I thought I'd share a recipe for a wonderful drink that our son-in-law, Tom, my husband, and now our grandson make, the day after Thanksgiving. It is something that Tom made every year with his best friend, Terry, who passed away from Leukemia, several years ago. We loved Terry, so this is 'sort of' a way we keep him in our thoughts. You may be thinking right now, that is a silly way to remember him, but if you knew Terry and what a fun loving person he was, you'd understand.

The ingredients:

2 Qts. Four Queens Whiskey (Don't be surprised if you can't find this brand in your liquor
store, it is 101 proof, so just substitute with what you can get)
2 Qts. Ginger Ale
2 C. Honey
2 C. Orange juice
4 Lemons (squeeze the juice & add to pot)
4 Oranges (squeeze the juice & add to pot)
8 Cinnamon Sticks
4 tsp. Caraway Seeds
2 Tbs. Whole Allspice
16 Whole Cloves
3 Vanilla Beans
Thomas is rolling the oranges and lemons before he slices and squeezes them.

Large pot ready on the stove to cook in

Add all ingredients except honey and whiskey to a large pot. Boil until reduced to half. Strain and return liquid only to pot. Add honey. Remove completely from source of heat and add whiskey. (NEVER BOIL THE WHISKEY) Return mixture to heat and cook on very low heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Remember DO NOT simmer or boil. Cool in a covered pot. Pour into bottles after cooled, filtering through cheesecloth.

We save the solids that we strained and use it in a potpourri pot during the holidays. Keep what your not using refrigerated or it will get moldy. This will keep your house smelling like Christmas all through the holidays.


niartist said...

101 proof whiskey!? D!! Well, color me stunned - I never would have guessed you the whiskey drinking type! :) I can't wait to see your Christmas decor ... I'm sure it will look fabulous! Thanks for stopping by the blog - it's always so nice to see you!

Lynne said...

WOW!!! Girl.. I'm off (I think) on Wednesday.. I'm going to put DH to work on putting some of this together. I can smell the Christmas through out the house now!! Thanks for swinging by and saying hello.. it means the world.. Hugs ~lynne~
by the way..are the pictures from last year of your Christmas? It looks fabulous!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey friend, thanks so much for the sweet comment you left on color outside the lines. What can I tell you about my mural....It was done by a local aritst in our little town, a gift to me from my honey Christmas 02. I love it and will never paint over it. I told the artist I wanted a landscape with water, but not to bring any blue paint. lol I think she did good... if you have anymore questions just get my e-mail from artie and I would love to hear from you. vickydarnell

Blue Muse said...

umm... YUM! Wowie, D, this looks scrumptious! I'm so going to try it. Sorry I've been out of touch, things are a little crazy here in Museville, but I send you lots and lots of love sweet love.


imjacobsmom said...

Hi D - I thought I left you a comment - go figure I don't see it here. I must of forgot to hit submit or something. Well, no loss, I'm back now, stop on over I have a little something something for you. I think my comment must have said something to the effect of (if you're a Food Network fan) that I bet Aunt Sandy (Sandra Lee) can't wait to get her hands on your recipe. Hopefully, this gets to you this time. I hope you weren't thinking that I wasn't visiting....Robyn