Cherry Marshmallows

Homemade cherry marshmallows are a welcome addition to any mug of hot cocoa or chocolate this holiday season. They’re a real treat for the whole family.

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When I wrote about my new favorite Russian tea cake cookies recipe, I mentioned that I am always striving for a balance of flavors when I put together my holiday cookie plates. But I forgot to mention my new secret weapon for gifting said cookie tins: they also include homemade marshmallows.

Last year, in my quest to perfect my creamsicle marshmallows recipe, I made way more marshmallows than Dan and I could ever hope to eat. We’re talking “drink hot cocoa two times a day and some of the marshmallows will still go bad before you can get to them” levels here. So I added a few to each tin of cookies that I handed out to family and friends.

They were an immediate hit. Everyone reported back that they loved having fluffy, pillow-y marshmallows to add to their hot chocolate while they were trimming their trees or watching holiday movies or doing their own holiday baking. So I plan to make “add homemade marshmallows to the cookie plates” an annual tradition – because who doesn’t love homemade marshmallows?

Homemade Cherry Marshmallows // Savvy EatsFor this homemade cherry marshmallow recipe, I used the juice from my maraschino cherries (though store-bought will work just as well!), whipping it in at the last minute or so. Because the cherries themselves don’t contain any dyes, the marshmallows turned an unappealing brown-ish color, so I also added a few drops of gel-based food coloring to make them a pretty pink. This part is totally optional, though it does make everything look a little more appetizing.

We’ve enjoyed these with both milk and dark hot cocoa. If you really want to get fancy, they are also amazing with an almond-spiked hot chocolate (just add a few drops of almond extract or a shot of amaretto).

Want to spike your homemade marshmallows? These chambord marshmallows would be great for the holidays as well!

Lemonade Shrub Cocktail

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For as much as I accumulate cute dishes for my food photos (and let’s face it, just for fun), my collection tends to focus mostly on bowls and vintage Pyrex. The one place I’m seriously lacking is my glassware – we have our regular drinking glasses, a bunch of wine glasses, and…not much else. Whenever I photograph cocktails, I inevitably end up borrowing cute glasses from my friend, Megan (three cheers for friends who also collect adorable dishware!).

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So when UncommonGoods reached out to me about reviewing one of their customized anniversary gifts (check out all the fun options here), I immediately went for the personalized glassware. We have been seriously missing Madison and Wisconsin in general lately, so the State Love Glasses were an obvious choice.

These pilsner glasses were just begging for a giant cocktail, so I didn’t want to make anything too strong. I wanted a light, refreshing summer cocktail that could easily be adjusted to have little to no alcohol for the hottest part of the day or for the abstainers at the party, or to have a little more alcohol for a cookout with friends.

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For this shrub cocktail, I broke out the cherry ginger shrub I made a few weeks ago and mixed in the ultimate summer refresher: fresh lemonade. I stirred in just a little vodka and topped it off with some bubbly club soda. It is perfect for kicking back on the porch with company!

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Shrub Lemonade Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 cocktail

Shrub Lemonade Cocktail

This lemonade cocktail gets its "zing" from a cherry ginger shrub . Feel free to substitute in another flavor of shrub (a blueberry one would be nice). Or, if you don't feel like taking the time to make a shrub, you can use a little splash of a fruit-flavored vinegar (just a little, not a full ounce!) instead.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce cherry ginger shrub
  • 1/2 cup lemonade
  • 1/2 - 1 ounce vodka (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups club soda
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Stir the shrub, lemonade and vodka together and pour over ice. Top off with the club soda and serve.
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