Well now, doesn’t that look all Christmas-y? We trimmed that tree, and enjoyed some festive snacking yesterday so now I’m going to tell YOU how you can start your winter holiday season off with a gluten-free bang. Of course it involves booze and snacks. Of course it does.
One of my fave holiday snacks is the gluten-free cracker topped with smoked salmon, creme fraiche, and chives. It’s incredibly simple, and you’ll want to eat the entire plate-full. I recommend you share, but you don’t always have to take my recommendations as you are your own person and I respect that.
Next, I thought I’d get crafty while fantasizing about how many Pinterest shares I would get and did these Gluten-Free Peppermint Pretzel Sticks™. Not shockingly, my attempt at culinary craftiness did not go as smoothly as I anticipated, so this is exactly how many Gluten-Free Peppermint Pretzel Sticks™ I wound up with, instead of say, 50.
I tend to lose patience when I’m getting crafty also, which is just another reason I’ll never be a Pinterest star. Later I realized a nice ribbon around the shot glass would have really nailed it. Sigh. Still, I ate an entire shot glass full of white chocolate and peppermint covered pretzels. Eat your failures, people. Eat ’em up. They are delicious.
Anyhoo! There are so many fun things you can make for a tree trimming party. I just did three, however, and one of those thing was an incredibly strong cocktail, the Sazerac. Kind of like an Old-Fashioned, but without the gooey cherries, and with a lemon twist, a classic Sazerac can be served over a giant ice cube (you have those, right?) or straight up in a martini glass. I will say it goes very well with a shot glass full of Gluten-Free Peppermint Pretzel Sticks™.
Here’s how you can pair those yummy things together and fill yourself with some holiday cheer.
Gluten-Free Peppermint Pretzel Sticks™
Prep time: 20 minutes
20 peppermint candies or candy canes, crushed
30 Gluten-free pretzel sticks (Glutino rocks these gf pretzels)
8 oz. white chocolate, melted
1. Place one large piece of parchment paper on your counter. Prepare your work space by placing your melted chocolate in a small, but deep bowl next to a small bowl of crushed peppermint candy.
2. Dip the top 1/3 of a gluten-free pretzel stick into the white chocolate and allow the excess to drip off back into the bowl. Roll the chocolate covered stick in the crushed peppermint and lay on the parchment paper to dry.
3. Once dry, pick those suckers up and eat ’em.
Makes: However many you have the patience for and/or 30.
Okay, so it’s naturally gluten-free. Here’s how you drink it.
Prep time: 7 minutes
1 cup bourbon
1/2 teaspoon bitters
4 teaspoons simple syrup
5 lemon twists
1. Make lemon twists by slicing lemon circles, then cutting along the edge to remove lemon center. Cut in half, then twist.
2. Pour Pernod into serving glasses, then pour it out.
3. In a shaker, add ice, bourbon, bitters, simple syrup, and one lemon twist. Shake vigorously until chilled and combined.
4. Pour into prepared glasses, and add lemon twist for garnish.
Makes: 4 servings