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Debbie Sugarek | Bluebonnet EC

Whether you’re hosting a family dinner or a holiday party (cookie decorating, anyone?), ’tis the season for serving festive beverages. This month, our readers shared their favorite ways to welcome friends and share a cup of cheer.

2 1/2 cups sugar
3 quarts water
46 ounces pineapple juice
Juice of 3 lemons (approximately 3/4 cup)
3 teaspoons almond extract
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Combine sugar and water in a large pitcher and stir until sugar is completely dissolved.

2. Add pineapple juice, lemon juice and almond and vanilla extracts. Stir to blend.

3. Refrigerate 24 hours. Serve cold.

Servings: 24. Serving size: 6 ounces. Per serving: 94 calories, 0.20 g protein, 0.03 g fat, 23.70 g carbohydrates, 0.11 g dietary fiber, 5 mg sodium, 22.10 g sugars, 0 mg cholesterol

Cook’s Tip

For easier blending, use a super-fine sugar. For a festive party beverage, substitute amaretto liqueur for the almond extract.

November 2015 Recipe Contest