Cooking up a storm and corralling rogue relatives is work. So when it comes to the drink in your hand? Simplicity is key. Using ingredients you probably already have on hand, whip up this easy cranberry simple syrup and add a splash to vodka or wine. Voilà! You’re ready to sip.

Cranberry Simple Syrup Recipe

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November 26, 2014

Finalizing the shopping list for Thanksgiving (that’s tomorrow for you procrastinators) and stumped on what to make for dessert? Fret no more. Impress even your foodie cousin, finicky in-laws, and picky sibling with this unconventional treat. Rue graphic designer Tyler W. shares his family’s recipe for a simple and oh-so-tasty layered chocolate pumpkin pie. Read on for all the details and make sure to grab these ingredients on your last-minute grocery haul.

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

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November 26, 2014

One of the (many) perks of life at Rue: coworkers who love to bake, and then share their stellar confectionary creations. Yesterday, the Creative Team gathered for our annual cookie swap – and you’re invited to check out the to-die-for spread, straight from our kitchens to yours. Feel free to click on the titles below for printable recipe cards to add to your collection.

Candy Cane Oreo Balls
“The crushed candy canes added a minty flavor and crunchy texture that’s seriously amazing, and they look so festive!” —Melissa M., Copywriter

Joyce’s Molasses Cookies
“These are our favorite molasses cookies. The recipe is special in the sense that it’s from my fiancé’s grandmother, who unfortunately passed away some years ago.” —Shaina M., Copyeditor

Six-Layer Bars
“My aunt used to make these bars when I was little, so I snagged the recipe to bake them myself in college. They’re always a hit and perfect for the holidays (or any time of year).” —Brianna L., Junior Copywriter

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
“These are for lovers of all things peanut butter.” —Julia I., Junior Copywriter

Rum Balls
“My father called these ‘decadent’ the first time he tasted them. They’re now the most requested treat not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year.” —Jess H., Copyeditor

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December 19, 2012

Image courtesy of Camilla Lichti.

Fall had us whipping up delicious pumpkin martinis and butterscotch apple cider floats. Now that we’re well into December, though, it’s time to move on to eggnog, peppermint, and all the other festive flavors of the season. Here are four winter-themed cocktails (plus one mocktail) sure to help you feel all warm and cheery from the inside out.

For Any Day: Classic Eggnog
This holiday treat is a favorite in my house. We tend to just pour two or three (usually three) fingers of rum into a glass, then fill with store-bought nog and top with a pinch each of nutmeg and cinnamon. But you can also make your own in the blender if you have heavy cream, sugar, brandy, eggs, and nutmeg on hand.

For Bitterly Cold Nights: Hot Buttered Rum
I tried several variations before figuring out the hot buttered rum secret ingredient: vanilla ice cream. Mixed with butter and both white and brown sugars, the ice cream gives this steamy drink a smooth finish that most other recipes are lacking.

For After Work: Peppermint Martini
The peppermint martini is another classic holiday cocktail, and one of my winter happy-hour favorites. Just pour 5 ounces vanilla vodka, 2 ounces white crème de menthe, and 1/2 ounce peppermint schnapps into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into a martini glass. I love to garnish the rim with crushed peppermint first, but adding a candy cane to the glass works just as well.

For Parties: Jingle Juice
If you’re hosting a holiday party, a signature cocktail is a must – and Jingle Juice readily meets that need. For 1 1/2 quarts of tasty, holiday goodness, just mix 5 cups orange juice, 1 cup vodka, 1/3 cup orange liqueur (I use triple sec), 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 1/2 cup maraschino-cherry juice (or grenadine), then pour over ice and garnish with cherries, orange slices, and fruit-flavored candy canes.

For the Kids (and Non-Drinkers): Merry Berry Christmas, Sugar!
Help non-drinkers and merrymakers under the legal drinking age feel included in every aspect of the holidays with this fun, fruity mocktail. Just muddle raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and mint leaves in a shaker with some agave nectar, lime juice, ice, and water. Shake, then pour into a 16-ounce highball glass and top with ginger ale (and even more berries).

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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December 12, 2012