Holiday Helper: Festive Pick-Me-Ups, Calm-Me-Downs, and Handy Hints to Keep You in Good Spirits

Holiday Helper: Festive Pick-Me-Ups, Calm-Me-Downs, and Handy Hints to Keep You in Good Spirits

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by Valerie Peterson
     
 

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“How to recapture those blissful holidays of yore? What’s the secret? I searched and searched and –after a whole hour on the Internet– I found the answer: liquor.”

Yes, says Valerie Peterson, the antidote to holiday stress is, quite simply, to keep good spirits in you. Whether you need to ease the friction at the Thanksgiving table,

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“How to recapture those blissful holidays of yore? What’s the secret? I searched and searched and –after a whole hour on the Internet– I found the answer: liquor.”

Yes, says Valerie Peterson, the antidote to holiday stress is, quite simply, to keep good spirits in you. Whether you need to ease the friction at the Thanksgiving table, dull the guilt of smashing one of Great-Grandmama’s heirloom Christmas ornaments, or take the bite out of a New Year’s Day hangover, the collection of cocktails and tips in Peterson’s Holiday Helper will keep you afloat. With festive, original concoctions (such as Pilgrim Sangria and the Ginerous Regift) as well as time-honored classics (Mulled Wine and Eggnog), Peterson administers easy and delicious pick-me-ups for holiday humbugs and soothing calm-me-downs for the inevitable celebratory crises.

Whatever your seasonal malady, Peterson’s Holiday Helper has the cure:

Heading home for the holidays stuffed  into a coach-class center seat?
Fly the skies in a friendlier fashion with Whatever Gets You Through the Woods, prepared with $10 of onboard liquor and other ingredients handily available from your cooperative flight attendant.

Run out of transparent tape with  twenty-seven more presents to wrap?
Hold yourself together with a Double-Stick Scotch Coffee, made with Drambuie, butterscotch schnapps, and piping-hot coffee.

Memories of Christmases Past have you wishing you could change a few things (your choice of an ex-husband or your high-school hairstyle, perhaps)?
Skip the ghastly recollections and go right for the spirits with a citrus-and-spice-infused Dickensian Smoking Bishop.

In addition to these tasty and therapeutic cocktails, Peterson’s Holiday Helper is filled with vintage photographs and holiday ephemera that capture the jolly old days, as well as helpful tips to further your merry frame of mind. With easy instructions for making basics such as simple syrup and infused vodka, along with more than fifty scrumptious recipes, Peterson’s Holiday Helper will help you maintain that old-fashioned feeling of peace and tranquilization–er, tranquillity–for the entire season.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307395467
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/07/2008
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.32(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.62(d)

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Peterson's Holiday Helper

Festive Pick-Me-Ups, Calm-Me-Downs, and Handy Hints to Keep You in Good Spirits
By Valerie Peterson

Clarkson Potter

Copyright © 2008 Valerie Peterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780307395467

Emergency Ginerator
Serves 1

Your neighbor saw your 5,000-watt crèche with the Light-Up Holy Family and raised you Three Luminous-Halo’d Wise Men. You countered by adding the Animated Waving Santa and Nodding Reindeer to your roof; he got the Ho! Ho! Hover-Over-the-House Motion-Sensored Santa Sleigh Track. Before contemplating your next move, relax with a sparkling, ginger-infused refresher and review the inconvenient truth of your kilowatt hours.

• 1 1/2 ounces gin
• 1 1/2 ounces Ginger-Infused Simple Syrup (see below.)
• 1 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
• 4 dashes orange bitters, such as Fee's or Regan's
• 4 ounces (1/2 cup) club soda
• Spiral of a lime peel

Pour the gin, syrup, and lime juice into a shaker filled with ice; add the bitters. Shake well (until condensation forms on the entire shaker). Strain the mixture over fresh ice into a tall glass, top with club soda, and garnish with a lime peel.




Ginger-Infused Simple Syrup
Makes approximately 1 3/4 cups

• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 8 ounces (1 cup) water
• 3 3-inch pieces of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into ½-inch chunks (approximately ¾ cup)

Place the sugar, water, and ginger chunks in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, lower the heat, and simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool; strain into a glass jar with an airtight lid. The syrup will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

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Meet the Author

VALERIE PETERSON is a writer descended from a long line of therapeutic concoctionists. A native of Yonkers, New York, she now lives in (and enjoys an occasional) Manhattan.

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Holiday Helper: Festive Pick-Me-Ups, Calm-Me-Downs, and Handy Hints to Keep You in Good Spirits 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me know when your here plz.
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QuantumMediaPrincipal More than 1 year ago
...I would have been able to make everyone a lot more relaxed! Adorable illustrations -- love the retro look. Loved the info!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buy this for everyone on your list! It is a great gift with a bottle of liquor. I got this and brought it into the office to show my pals - they loved it and got their own copies for folks on their list. It is great for a host gift or anyone who appreciates vintage style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty terrific cocktail reference with lots of practical and imaginative drink recipes--accompanied with loads of humor and endearing and nostalgic photos of the days gone by from the not so distant past. And best of all, the book has a nice price and is absolutely perfect for gift-giving.
gatesofwood More than 1 year ago
Valerie Peterson offers a book that is both hilarious and practical. I've already impressed my friends using her easy and fun concoctions. A must have for the holiday season - and a great gift!!
Diane_McSwede More than 1 year ago
My friends and I were amazed at how this look at the holidays captured a familiar feel to all our past holidays. That tree, decorated room or holiday table could be anyone's. Strange to think we were all going through concurrently similar experiences. The recipes look great - can't wait for an excuse to try them. Even if you just read the book, with it's snappy quips and glimpses into the past via ads and photos, it's a fun read. If read with a drink in hand, so much the better.