Category: Holidays

Mionetto’s Last Minute Thanksgiving Cocktail and Entertaining Tips

Pop the bubbly…we’re less than 24 hours away from Thanksgiving! Mionetto has shared with us some of their favorite spritz cocktails to kick-off your Thanksgiving holiday celebration. Spritz is Italy’s most popular aperitivo cocktail. The Mionetto Spritz is as easy to make as 3-2-1…pick the one that suits your taste!  Mionetto’s Prosecco is one of my favorites. It has the right amount of bubbles and is not too sweet. The Mionetto Aperol Spritz, Mionetto Elder Flower Spritz and Mionetto Limone Spritz cocktail recipes follow the holiday entertaining tips. Cin Cin! Mix It Up With a DIY Garnish Bar Cart...

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Celebrate the Holidays at National Harbor, Md.

Washington, D.C. region’s  premier waterfront escape features Santa, larger-than-life ice sculptures, performers, stunning holiday décor and displays National Harbor has quickly become one of the nation’s top holiday waterfront destinations, offering both family activities and romantic getaways for couples. Each year, National Harbor welcomes Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center’s amazing ICE! This year, the fun begins on November 16 and runs through January 1, 2019.  The world-famous interactive ICE! attraction will showcase the true meaning of Christmas with its rendition of the ever-popular Peanuts holiday story, A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz. Beloved characters including Charlie Brown,...

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Creative Entertaining: Giving Thanks Tips

By Rana Florida Thanksgiving entertaining doesn’t have to be a stressed-out ordeal. The real focus should be on gathering family and friends for a festive feast and an opportunity to reflect and to give thanks. There are so many amazing ideas, from cocktails to food to tabletop décor that will work for both the intimate dinner and the big family gathering alike. But the key to keeping it stress-free is to keep it stylish, yet simple. The key to enjoying your holiday is to do most of the work before your guests arrive.  Set the table a few days...

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Arrival of 35-foot Fraser fir signals the start of Christmas at Biltmore

A towering 35-foot Fraser fir tree arrived at America’s Largest Home this week, the finishing touch after weeks of decorating Biltmore House for the holidays. Christmas at Biltmore, the estate’s annual holiday celebration, formally begins Saturday, Nov. 3 and runs through Jan. 6, 2019. The 35-foot Banquet Hall tree is Christmas at Biltmore’s star attraction each year. Santa rode aboard a horse-drawn carriage to usher the tree to the front door of Biltmore House. It took more than 40 staff members to hoist the tree onto their shoulders and carry it into the Banquet Hall, where a system of ropes secured the tree in place....

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Celebrate the Holidays with Chandon

While up in the culinary town of Yountville in Napa Valley, I met Pauline Lhote, one of the top California winemakers and Director of Winemaking at Domaine Chandon. She and her team are excited to debut two new festive, limited-edition Brut bottles – one in silver and gold and the other in hot pink and gold. JW: These new bottles are so pretty and perfect for the holidays. Was that your plan? CHANDON: The Chandon Brut enhances a tablescape for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Eve celebration. It’s elegant gold foil neck and effervescent label takes any holiday gathering to a new...

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Game Day Party Grilling Tips and Finger-Licking Recipes

The Super Bowl is this Sunday and it’s time to start thinking about your menu, especially if you are hosting a Super Bowl Party! Have a game plan by prepping all your favorite foods ahead of time to avoid fumbling with marinades and charred meat. This year, Coyote Outdoor Living teamed up with Chef Jonathan Collins also known as The Outdoors Chef and Mirlandra Kitchen to help you be the MVP of your Super Bowl party with grilling tips and mouth-watering recipes for your party! Chef Collins is enthusiastic, approachable, cooking style resonates with viewers on BT Toronto, City line, CTV Ottawa Morning Live,...

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Do’s and Don’ts of Thanksgiving Etiquette

Thanksgiving is a special time where we give thanks for everything and everyone in our lives.  But when family and friends who don’t see each other very often gather for the yearly feast and celebration, sometimes things get strange and awkward. How do you shut down those prying questions or handle a rogue guest? Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette expert, author, and founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide, offers these tips to make this Thanksgiving the best ever. –        Seating Plan & Place Cards: As the host, keep the cast of family, friends, distant relatives, neighbors, and old friends...

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Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes

With Thanksgiving dinner around the corner, there a few staples that must be on every table: turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and of course, pumpkin pie. While getting excited for all the delicious food, we’d like to focus our attention on the important part of the meal…the cocktails! Inspired by the brightest and best flavors on every Thanksgiving table, we’ve pulled together some delectable cocktail recipes for you to enjoy. Mulberry Fizz To whet your palate before the big meal, this refreshing Boodles Mulberry cocktail is inspired by traditional holiday sloe berries. Ingredients: 2 oz. Boodles Mulberry Gin 1 oz....

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Sparkling Ice Holiday Cocktails

We’re excited to bring you even more cocktail recipes from SPARKLING ICE! Just in time for your holiday parties and to ring in the New Year! Surely by now your friends are begging for new recipes, as they loved our fall cocktails so much. The first one is a classic: a hot toddy. Cozy Hot Toddy Ingredients 6 oz.  Crisp Apple SPARKLING ICE 1 ½ oz.  whisky or apple brandy 1 teaspoon honey Cinnamon stick, allspice cloves, and apple slices for garnish Directions Coat the bottom of a glass coffee cup with honey. Add whisky or brandy. Heat Crisp...

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Best Time of the Year to Visit New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana promises and delivers good times year round. Mardi Gras brings the biggest and most boisterous crowds, summer is laid back, but the days following Thanksgiving through Christmas are the best. Temperatures are ideal; the streets are clean and warmly festooned with green boughs, red bows and white lights. New Orleans follows its deep Catholic roots and celebrates Christmas, not the winter holidays.   The season brings many special events, and one of the finest is the free concert series in the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica. Listen to prominent New Orleans musicians, church choirs and...

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Holiday Spotlight with Chef Tim Keller

Luxe Beat Magazine was lucky to hear from acclaimed Executive Chef Tim Keller. He shares with us his views on the holidays and treats us to some of his favorite recipes. When I think of past and future holidays it’s the food that comes to mind first. I’m sorry loved ones! I love you, but I also LOVE my Mother’s Christmas cinnamon rolls and Aunt Roz’s Hanukkah Latkes. Truly the holidays are about sharing. Sharing this special time with family and friends and enjoying each other’s traditional culinary delicacies. I suggest traveling and sampling as many different holiday foods...

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St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day is more than green beer and leprechaun’s. Why not give these St. Patrick’s Day cocktails a try? Éirinn go Brách! Amarula Mint Splash 1 ​ shot​ fresh cream ½ ​ sh​ot Amarula Cream ½  shot Peppermint liqueur Place all ingredients into shaker with ice, shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with crushed peppermint crisp chocolate and add fresh mint.   St. Patrick’s Surprise by Junior Merino 1 oz. G’Vine Floraison gin ½ oz. blue curacao liqueur ¼ oz. white creme de cacao liqueur 1½ oz. freshly squeezed orange juice Foam: 1 egg white and...

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