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Week 5 Holiday Classics – Christmas Vacation


So much funny in one movie. We watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on repeat all season. Clark Griswold is the classic unsung hero just trying to spread a little Christmas Cheer to those near and dear to his heart.

Our first cocktail for this Christmas Classic is The Griswold. When we released our Orange Ginger Cranberry Shrub the first year, this became our go-to cocktail. If there is one thing a shrub loves, it is gin and bubbles. For entertaining or those lovely long holiday weekends, batch all of the ingredients, except the prosecco, and store in the fridge. Then just pour, top with prosecco and enjoy it with all of your favorite holiday feasts. Be sure to save the neck for us. Winking Face with Tongue on Samsung One UI 4.0

The Griswold

1 ½ oz Gin
1 ½ oz Orange Ginger Cranberry Shrub
Sparkling Lemonade
Grapefruit bitters

Add bitters, gin, and shrub to an old fashioned glass. Add ice and stir. Top with 50/50 mix of prosecco and sparkling lemonade. Gently stir. Garnish with lemon twist.


A Bit Nipply Out

1.5 oz Rum
1 oz Spiced Cherry Vanilla Syrup
.25 oz Lime juice
Lime seltzer or High Noon – Lime (a ready-to-drink hard seltzer available at retail)

Add the first three ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake until very cold. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with lime seltzer or Lime High Noon. Garnish with cherry.

Spiced Cherry Vanilla Cobbler

Our Spiced Cherry Vanilla Syrup adds a depth and layer of flavor to anything. It is a match made in heaven for a cherry cobbler. Serve it warm with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream.


(2) 16 oz packages frozen cherries, pitted
16 oz Spiced Cherry Vanilla Syrup
1 c Granulated sugar
1 Tbs Lemon zest
.5 tsp Pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium pan, add cherries, syrup, sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest. Bring to a boil and simmer, approximately 15-20 minutes or until liquid has reduced to a thick syrup. Remove from heat. Pour contents of pan into a 9 x 13 baking dish.


⅔ c Granulated sugar
.75 c All purpose flour
6 Tbs Unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp Baking powder
.25 tsp Salt
.75 tsp Pure vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, combine sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the vanilla extract, and melted butter and stir until fully combined. The mixture will resemble a cross between a shortbread topping and a sugar cookie dough. Press pieces of the topping together with your fingers to form flat irregular shaped pieces. Place the pieces of topping all over the top of the cherries. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until the cherries are bubbling around the edges and the topping is light golden brown. Serve with your favorite vanilla ice cream.



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