5 healthy holiday cocktail recipes to ring in the New Year

Nisean Lorde

INGREDIENTS:
– 300 ml coconut milk (can use coconut milk or beverage, but latter will be less creamy and intense)
-1/2 tsp of Golden Milk spice blend (i.e. Spice Sanctuary Golden Milk spice blend) or turmeric spice
-1 tsp Coconut Sugar to sweeten (optional)
-1 egg, separated
– Nutmeg and True Cinnamon for grating

HOW TO MAKE:
1. Heat the milk in a pan; when warm, add the spice blend and sugar (if using) and bring to a boil.
2. Take off the heat and chill overnight.
3. When ready to serve, whisk the egg white only. Fold half off the egg white into the chilled eggnog.

HOW TO ENJOY:
Pour the eggnog into serving glasses. Top with a little egg white, and a sprinkling of freshly grated nutmeg and True Cinnamon for that traditional eggnog taste!
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INGREDIENTS:
~ 4 scoops of dairy free mango sorbet
~ ½ tsp Kaffir Lime Leaves (i.e. Spice Sanctuary Kaffir Lime Leaves)
~ 1 Bottle of your favourite Prosseco or Champagne
~ Fresh mint

HOW TO MAKE:
1. Measure the scoops of sorbet into a bowl. Allow it to thaw a little enough that you can mix in the Kaffir Lime Leaves.
2. Combine well and pour into a freezer safe container to refreeze.

HOW TO ENJOY:
When ready to serve, allow the infused sorbet to thaw a little before scooping a portion into the bottom of a champagne glass or thaw it completely so it is a puree that will instantly work blend with the bubbles. Repeat for all glasses and then pop open your bottle of bubbly and pour over the sorbet; finish with fresh mint. Cheers!
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HOW TO MAKE:
1. Pour the apple and pineapple juices into a pan and add in the whole spices and a few twists of a good black pepper. Bring to a boil.
2. Next, add in the apple cider vinegar and remaining spices and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes to fully allow the spices to both infuse and impart into the juices.

HOW TO ENJOY:
1. If serving cold: let the spiced juice cool completely before straining into a punch bowl. Add in some cold and naturally sweetened coconut water, alcohol, and citrus slices to garnish. The longer you leave the spices in the juice, the better!
2. If serving hot: turn off the heat and add in a cup of brewed black tea. Strain, add alcohol and then transfer into a crock-pot. Add the citrus slices and keep it warm.
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INGREDIENTS:
~1 cup Pineapple Juice
~1 frozen banana, peeled
1/4 cup ice
~1/2 tsp Spice Sanctuary Sweet Delight Spice Blend
~1 cup coconut milk
~Pineapple wedges to decorate

HOW TO MAKE:
1. Blend the pineapple juice, banana and ice first. Next, add in the Sweet Delight Spice Blend and coconut milk and blend again until smooth.

HOW TO ENJOY:
1. Pour straight into serving glasses and decorate with a wedge of pineapple and an umbrella if you have one!
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PREPARATION
Day 1: Dissolve 1/3 cup of the sugar in 2/3 cup (150 mL) of hot spring or filtered water. Once dissolved, add this and the remaining cold filtered or spring water to a large Mason jar. Add the raspberries and cardamom pods, and close the jar. Leave the jar at ambient room temperature (kitchen counter is fine).
Day 2: Give the jar a shake.
Day 3: Dissolve 3 tablespoons of sugar in a little hot water again and add to the contents of the Mason jar. Once cool, close securely and shake gently.
Day 4: You should start seeing bubbles and/or foam forming on the edges and top of the liquid in the jar. If not, leave it one more day. If the bubbles are there, take a 1-liter swing top bottle, and using a funnel, pour in the kombucha (or your previous soda), strain the fermented fruit and pour the liquid into the bottle. Close the bottle and let it sit at room temperature for another day or so.
Day 5: Some sodas may not need the 5th day at room temperature, so you can refrigerate immediately. You will know this from the amount of fizz you see once you pour it into the bottle.
Day 6: Refrigerate the bottle until ready to use. Always refrigerate once opened. Remember to keep 1/2 cup or so for your next soda if you want to make more soda.

HOW TO ENJOY:
When ready to serve, add some ice and a measure of flavoured vodka into a glass, top with the homemade soda and finish with a couple of fresh mint leaves! Cheers!
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