My focus has gone from food and preparation to giggles and enjoying. What about you, where is your focus? Are you feeling rushed to do this and that or are you enjoying? It makes a huge difference when celebrating Thanksgiving.
My wish for you this week is to find the magic in “Gratitude”. Gratitude is such a potent practice and it is uniquely yours. Yes, we are thankful and have gratefulness for many things in our life, but this gratitude is different. The type of gratitude I am talking about makes you see life, situations, bliss from a different lens. It keeps you present and immediately fills you with joy.
Find moments to take time out this week and embrace what fills YOUR soul.
Maybe it is a walk in nature, family and friends, good health or something deeper within your being.
Before serving everyone else today make sure you serve yourself first. I am currently having a ginger, cinnamon and sugar bath.
One of my favorite holiday drinks…
The Cranberry Spitzer:
This drink is the perfect healthy alternative to sugary holiday drinks. I like to use honey in place of simple syrup to keep the sugars down, antioxidant-rich cranberries, and plenty of fresh ginger, which help with digestion, making it perfect for sipping on Thanksgiving Day!
Serves 6 to 8
½ cup honey
2 cups fresh cranberries
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 inch fresh ginger, sliced
8 ounces vodka
4 ounces elderflower liquor
⅓ cup fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, plus slices for serving
¼ cup fresh lime juice
4 to 6 ginger beers
star anise, for serving (optional)
Photo: Tieghan Gerard
In a medium pot, bring ½ cup water, the honey, cranberries, thyme, and ginger to a boil over high heat. Boil 5 minutes or until the cranberries begin to burst, then remove from the heat. Let cool. Remove the thyme and ginger. If desired, strain out the cranberries.
In a large pitcher, combine the cranberry syrup mix, vodka, elderflower liquor, grapefruit juice, and lime juice. Chill until ready to serve.
Add the ginger beer just before serving. Garnish each drink with a grapefruit slice and star anise, if desired.
~recipe, Liz Moody