It’s officially December, which means the countdown to Christmas has begun. In the spirit of the holidays, we’re bringing back our 12 Days Of Giveaways by hosting some pretty awesome giveaways for you, our incredibly supportive readers. We’ve collaborated with 12 of our favorite brands to create a special gift for 12 lucky winners. Each day, for 12 consecutive days, we will reveal a new gift and all you have to do is comment to win! Head over HERE on Monday, December 5th to uncover the first of many amazing surprises – and be sure to check back each day for more. Also, head over to HonestlyWTF for their own holiday giveaways! Good luck and happy holidays!
Another year has come and gone, and boy what a year it was. Between the Chicago Cubs finally winning the World Series, and the turbulent political climate following the recent presidential election, it’s hard to know what to expect these days. That is . . . besides the annual HonestlyYUM bartender/cocktail lover gift guide, of course!! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is unquestionably my favorite post of the year. It’s a time to share all my favorite cocktail-related gadgets and gizmos that I’ve cataloged throughout the year. Whether you’re a home bar enthusiast, or a professional cocktail guru, hopefully you’ll find something below that suits your fancy. Audrey always makes fun of me because she knows this gift guide is really just everything I have on my wish list. What can I say . . . she’s right!!
- Rolling Cooler $269 – Great addition to any backyard party or tailgate! Stop breaking your back trying to lug that heavy cooler around.
- Nick and Nora Glasses, Gold Trim (Set of 6) $42 – How a martini was meant to be sipped!
- Vincent Bartender’s Hand Salve $9 – Bartending is tough on the hands, so treat them well.
- The Bartender’s Knife $40 – Sleek, versatile, and extremely high-quality. For those that take their garnishes seriously.
- Birch Lowball Cocktail Muddler $29 – Sturdy wooden muddler – check out the size of this thing!!
- Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas $16 – My favorite book of the year, and a must own for any cocktail enthusiast!
- Bittermilk No. 7 Yuletide Old Fashioned $15 – Holiday spices, bourbon barrel, and tart cherry help makes this current Bittermilk release a seasonal dream.
- Gunmetal Black Julep Strainer $17 – Premium 1930s-style strainer in stunning gunmetal black.
- Teardrop™ Barspoon, Copper-Plated $15 – Stir it up, little darlin’ . . .
- American Oak Barrel, 1 liter $55 – Barrel-age your own spirits and cocktails!
- Bitters Bottle with Gold Dasher Top $22 – Forget all those mismatching bottles – elevate your home bar with these elegant, gold-topped glass bitters bottles.
- Gold Straws $10 – Sippin’ with style.
- Beer Sauce, Extra Spicy $16 – Add complexity to your beer with this deliciously spicy mixer.
- Pablo Brass Dog Corkscrew $20 – Dog lovers + wine lovers unite.
- Japanese Style Jigger 1oz/2oz, Gunmetal Black, Copper-Plated $19 – The jigger of my dreams . . .
- Pineapple Cocktail Shaker, Copper $80 – Nothing to see here . . . besides the coolest shaker on the planet!
- Seahorse Tiki Mug $16 – Whether or not you’re tiki obsessed, this seahorse mug is legit.
- Pedra Coasters, Teal (Set of 4) $80 – In ancient times, agate was thought to possess incredible virtues – now it can protect your coffee table from stains!
- Turmeric Cocktail Spice $18 – Add complexity to your next libation with a few drops of this earthy, aromatic tincture.
- Cotton Cocktail Napkins (Roll of 50) $31 – How cool are these?? Hooray – no more ugly cocktail napkins!
- Warm Sake Set $45 – Everything you need to enjoy a warm cup of umami-rich sake.
- Negroni Lip Balm $8 – Negroni fix, on your lips!!
- The Sidecar, Handcrafted Bar Cart (Price Upon Request) – A truly bespoke home bar experience, in collaboration of Jim Meehan.
Trust me, you want to be the one in charge of beverages this holiday season. Let’s face it, you’re going to
want need something to sip on when that crazy uncle corners you in the living room and grills you on the election. Aaaand, if you are indeed participating in awkward family drinking rituals, why not at least make it a beverage of your choosing. My feelings about punch are well documented. They’re easy to make in advance (even encouraged), they’re festive, and they’re absolutely packed with flavor. So, when I tell you that this particular punch is undoubtedly the best I have ever concocted, I don’t say so lightly. Make this punch. Some of the ingredients can be a bit tricky to track down, but I recommend checking a Mexican market. Be sure to make it the night before, not only to save time, but also so that all the goodies can soak together like a big, crowded, friendly, communal spa. Oops, wrong visual . . . but you get the idea!
Ponche Navideño is a traditional Mexican Christmas punch, made with an intoxicating blend of fruits, nuts, and spices. I took a few liberties with my version, namely, I chose to serve it cold rather than hot (although it’s delicious either way). If you’re familiar with the traditional recipe, you’ll notice a few other minor tweaks. However, I made sure to preserve all the ingredients that I believe are vital to giving this punch its unique identity: tejocotes, hibiscus, guavas, and tamarindo, to name a few.
Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving! With gratitude, Karen, Todd and Erica.
The holidays are all about family and friends and there’s nothing I love more than feasting together, giving gifts and enjoying each other’s company. I consider myself fortunate that we can enjoy something as simple as a home cooked meal together– something many people aren’t able to do. This year, I’ve teamed up with Land O’Lakes to inspire you to bring some good to your gifts. I put together these gift baskets with my favorite Salted White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie recipe, the ingredients to make the cookies and some other goodies, like measuring spoons and candles. More importantly, I’ve made a donation request in my gift basket by asking my friends to donate money to an organization I support, the LA Regional Food Bank. The LA Regional Food Bank does the amazing work of providing meals to the thousands of people who experience food insecurity in Los Angeles. To encourage people to donate, I’m providing a stamped self-addressed envelope and a letter asking friends to give at certain monetary levels and providing information about the incredible impact their donations will have– for every $1 donated 4 meals are provided for someone in need. Rather than just providing a donation yourself, you are making a bigger impact by asking others to pay it forward. When asking for donations from others, keep in mind to ask for donations directly, provide monetary amounts that they can give at (letting people know how much you are donating is a great way to set an example!) and give compelling facts about what their donation can do and why it is so needed. I sincerely hope you’ll consider doing a gift basket fundraiser for an organization you support and bring some good to your holidays!
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Ah, Mexican street corn. This Mexican street snack is one of my favorites. Yes, it’s slathered with mayonnaise and covered in cheese, but if there’s any time to take life’s indulgences to the extreme, it’s now– thank YOU, Thanksgiving! I’ve taken the traditional Mexican street corn cob and turned it into a casserole that is entirely appropriate for your holiday table. It has the same flavors of Mexican street corn but with the perks of being in a casserole form, i.e., easier to face-shovel and no floss required!