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For your next holiday gathering, impress guests with a delicious cocktail made with an ingredient typically reserved for breakfast.

No longer just toast-toppers, jams, jellies and preserves are making a splash in the craft-cocktail scene. Whether you prefer the bite of red currants, the sweetness of apricots or the tartness of raspberries, now all of your favorite fruit spreads are making an appearance at parties from coast to coast. These hip new fruit infusions are an easy way to create a signature cocktail at your next holiday gathering.

Fresh, flavorful ideas for your holiday

Learn about the newest trends in food and drink with Betty Crocker’s Red Hot Holiday Trends. From updated holiday favorites to copycat candies, this list provides everything you need to know for a festive and fresh entertaining season. As an added bonus, the experts at Betty Crocker have provided recipes to help you bring these hot trends to life in your own kitchen.

“Whether you’re having a party or just enjoying time with loved ones, our red-hot trends and recipes make it easy for you to create extra-special, extra-memorable holidays at home this year,” said Kristen Olson, food editor, Betty Crocker Kitchens. “You can shake up some Cherry Jam-hattans at cocktail hour, serve an around-the-world cheese ball flight to give party guests a taste of global flavors or spend a fun afternoon making DIY cookie trees and holiday memories with your kids.”

Betty holiday helpline

Santa has elves, you have Betty. Novice or pro, we could all use a little help when it comes to high-stakes holiday meals. The experts at Betty Crocker are available online and ready to help with any kitchen conundrum you may have. How to brine? When to baste? Submit your questions online, on Facebook or Twitter, and you’ll have an answer within 30 minutes. They’re available for you from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Dec. 20-23.

To check out all of the Red Hot Holiday Trends, for more information on Betty’s Holiday Helpline and for other great recipe ideas, visit www.BettyCrocker.com/redhot.

Jam cocktails

When it comes to the holidays, craft cocktails are becoming as important as cookies. During your holiday festivities, break away from boring beverages and serve up Cherry Jam-hattans, an interpretation of a classic Manhattan made with your favorite cherry preserves with some ice, strain and drink up.

Cherry Jam-hattan


1 tablespoon tart cherry preserves

1 1/2 ounce bourbon

1 ounce dry vermouth

2 dashes bitters

Orange slice

Fill martini shaker with ice. Add preserves, bourbon, vermouth and bitters; place lid on shaker, and shake until cold and blended. Strain into 1 glass.

Garnish with orange slice.

Servings: one person.

Notes, tips and suggestions

Serving a crowd? Mix together a few batches of this recipe, and shake with ice just before serving. Give a complete gift. Create a box filled with all of the ingredients to make this cocktail. Wrap it up, and tie the recipe card on the box.

Calories: 210 grams. Carbohydrates: 19 grams. Sodium: 10 mg.

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