‘ Great Christmas Drinks Just Right for Cold Winter Evenings ‘

#AceFoodNews – Featured Post:Dec.17 – These 21 hot and cold festive drinks just in time for Christmas. Enjoy.

♫ Oh the weather outside is frightful / And this booze is damn delightful ♫

1. Spiced Irish Coffee

Spiced Irish Coffee

Whiskey + coffee: a perfectly acceptable way to start a cold winter day. Get the recipe.

2. Slow Cooker-Mulled Wine With Cranberries and Rosemary

 Big-batch slow cooker cocktails FTW. Get the recipe.

3. Orange Bourbon Tea

Orange Bourbon Tea

Get the recipe for this and two more easy cold-weather cocktails here.

4. Bourbon-Spiked White Hot Chocolate

Bourbon-Spiked White Hot Chocolate

Not a bourbon fan? Kahlua works too. Get the recipe.

5. Earl Grey Hot Toddy

Earl Grey Hot Toddy

Get the recipe.

6. Kahlua Hot Chocolate

Kahlua Hot Chocolate

A dozen mini-marshmallows on top are, in fact, mandatory. Get the recipe.

7. Hot Pumpkin Buttered Rum

Hot Pumpkin Buttered Rum

Butter rum > Butterbeer. Just saying. Get the recipe.

8. Mexican Hot Chocolate

More ideas here.

9. Maple-Bourbon Chai Tea Toddy

Maple-Bourbon Chai Tea Toddy

Get the recipe.

10. Winter Cranberry Martini

Winter Cranberry Martini

The homemade infused simple syrup — just cranberries, sugar, and water — is easy and delicious enough to make year-round. Get the recipe.

11. Cider Rum Punch With Thyme

Cider Rum Punch With Thyme

Unlike many cider punches, this one isn’t overly sweet — thanks to lemon juice and bitters that balance everything out. Get the recipe.

12. Homemade Candy Cane-Infused Vodka

When life gives you candy canes, spike ‘em. Get the recipe.

13. Stove Top-Mulled Wine With Brandy

Stove Top-Mulled Wine With Brandy

Get the recipe.

14. Christmas Sangria

♫ I’m dreaming of a white…wine to make sangria wiiiith ♫ Get the recipe.

15. Pumpkin and Pineapple Spiced Rum

Pumpkin and Pineapple Spiced Rum

Get the recipe.

16. Red Nose Punch

Red Nose Punch

With bourbon and beer. Get the recipe.

17. Bourbon and Citrus Sangria

This is technically dubbed “autumn sangria” but I’m just gonna drink it through the winter and ~don’t you dare~ judge. Get the recipe.

18. Sour Green Apple Margarita

Sour Green Apple Margarita

With jalapeno for warmth, obvs. Get the recipe.

19. Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

With cognac or cava (or preferably both). Get the recipe.

20. Spicy Ginger Gold Rush

Spicy Ginger Gold Rush

Get the recipe.

21. Winter Old-Fashioned

Winter Old-Fashioned

A spiced take — cardamom, star anise, cinnamon — on a rightful classic. Get the recipe.

*And for garnish: Boozy Sparkling Cranberries

*And for garnish: Boozy Sparkling Cranberries

BRB, snacking. Get the recipe.

Minced Pies: ‘ Tried, Eaten & Loved by Me & My Foodies ‘

#AceRecipeNews – Dec.17 – Tried, tested and loved traditional recipe l have used year after year after year. Hope you will enjoy them too.
Mince pies

This crumbly, fruity mince pie recipe is a Christmas classic. Serve warm with lashings of brandy butter.


Preparation method

  1. Lightly butter a 12-hole pie or patty tin. Tip the mincemeat into a bowl and stir so that the liquid is evenly distributed.
  2. Place the flour, sugar, almonds and butter in a food processor and process briefly until resembling breadcrumbs, then slowly add the egg through the feeder tube. (Or rub the butter into the dry ingredients by hand and stir in the egg.)
  3. Bring the mixture together with your hands, wrap in cling film and chill for an hour or so. Thinly roll out the pastry on a floured surface. Cut out 12 circles with a fluted pastry cutter, large enough to fill the base of the prepared tin. Press gently into each hole, then fill with the mincemeat.
  4. Cut out another 12 slightly smaller discs and use to cover the mincemeat. Press the edges together to seal. Make a small slit in the top of each, then brush lightly with milk. Chill for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
  5. Bake the pies for 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack and serve warm.


Consider it a Bargain: ‘ The Worlds Largest Truffle Sells for $61,250 but Far Less than the Owner – he Wanted a Cool Million ‘

#AceFoodNews – Dec.17 – Consider it a bargain: The world’s largest white truffle sold at auction Saturday for $61,250 — far less than the cool $1 million its owner reportedly had hoped for.

The largest white truffle in the world on display at Sotheby's New York on Thursday© AFP Timothy A. ClaryThe largest white truffle in the world on display at Sotheby’s New York on Thursday

The White Alba’s Truffle weighed 4.16 pounds (1.89 kilos) when unearthed last week in the Umbrian region of Italy, making it by far the largest ever found.

Sotheby’s said it was purchased by a gourmand from Taiwan, who had placed his winning bid by telephone.

Bidding started at $50,000 for the record-breaking fungus.