How to Make Cranberry Liqueur

How to Make Cranberry Liqueur - Andrea Meyers

We began experimenting with homemade liqueurs and infusions several years ago. Our first adventure was the Italian classic limoncello, which we made with both lemons and oranges (arancello), and since then we’ve made Polish krupnik and other concoctions that are now traditions for us. This year we decided to experiment with cranberries, because we look… 

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Irish Coffee Eggnog

Irish Coffee Eggnog Recipe - Andrea Meyers

The weekend before Thanksgiving, I had an opportunity to visit The Enchanted Forest, a fundraiser for The Junior League of Northern Virginia (JLNV) to do some social media outreach for them. The event is their primary fundraiser for the year, and proceeds go to community programs that they support, including back-to-school health fairs and backpacks,… 

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Best of 2012: Our Favorite Recipes

Andrea Meyers - Banana Maple Grits

I always enjoy looking back on our favorite recipes from the past year, the ones that we would make over and over again. Though there are often many—and this year was no different—I try to keep the list down to twelve. So here they are, our family’s favorite recipes from 2012. We hope you enjoy… 

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Polish Krupnik (Honey Spiced Vodka) for Christmas Eve

Andrea Meyers - Polish Krupnik (Honey Spiced Vodka)

Polish krupnik staropolski is a traditional honey-spiced liqueur typically served during Wigilia, the Christmas Eve meal. Small glasses are passed around with hot, peppery krupnik, which will warm you up quickly. Family recipes may be passed down through the generations and vary widely, with up to 50 different spices.

Fruity Sparkling Summer Sangria

Andrea Meyers - Fruity Sparkling Summer Sangria

My two favorite things for summer parties are pitchers of sangria and margaritas. They are hard to beat for a cold, refreshing drink to share with friends. This sangria is perfect for summer parties and adds a pitcher of deliciousness to your Fourth of July cookout, and it’s easy to make. Just put all the… 

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Strawberries and Cream Caipirinha Cocktail

Andrea Meyers - Strawberries and Cream Caipirinha Cocktail

The caipirinha cocktail, a Brazilian concoction made with cachaça, was one of our favorites from last summer, and we planned to play around with the flavors a bit using different fruits. Strawberries were an obvious place to start, and we came up with this one that reminds me of a strawberry creamsicle. My friend Kristy… 

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Chrysalis Vineyards: After Harvest (Sarah’s Patio Mulled Wine)

Andrea Meyers - Chrysalis Vineyards Sarah's Patio Mulled Wine

Chrysalis Vineyards is one of the easier vineyards to get to in Northern Virginia, just off Route 50 in Loudoun County. Set on 412 acres in the rolling hills of the Piedmont region, the vineyard specializes in unusual Spanish and French varietals and Norton, a native Virginia grape, as well as traditional grapes, a total… 

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